Music fans light up at Lightning In A Bottle, Cali Roots


FELIX: ONE OF THE BIGGEST MUSIC
FESTIVALS OF THE CENTRAL COAST
BRINGS OUT LOTS OF TENTS, FUN
AND MUSIC, BUT THIS YEAR ALSO
BRINGS LOTS OF PRECAUTION, A
SEA OF PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN OVER THE SHORES OF LAKE SAN ANTONIO,
THE ANNUAL LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE
FESTIVAL BRINGING IT’S UNIQUE
MIX OF MUSIC, THE BIZZARRE, AND
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO
WILL ENJOY NOT ONLY MUSIC BUT DANCING, POETRY READINGS AND
PANEL DISCUSSSIONS ON EVERYTHING
FROM HEALTHY COOKING TO SPACE
SCIENCE.>>OVERALL, EVERYONE IS HAVING A
GREAT TIME. FELIX: BUT LAST YEAR’S FESTIVAL
TURNED DEADLY AFTER ONE FESTIVAL
GOING OVERDOSED. — GOER OVERDOSED. HER FAMILLY NOW SUING FESTIVAL
ORGANIZERS ALLEGEDING THE EVENT
DID NOT HAVE QUALIFIED MEDICAL
STAFF ON SITE, SOMETHING
ORGANIZERS HAVE CLEARLY
ADDRESSED THIS YEAR.>>I LOOKED AT THE MEDICAL PLAN
I HAD WITH THE COUNTY AND I’M
IMPRESSED. THERE ARE QUITE A FEW QUALIFIED
PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL PEOPLE
HERE. EMTS TO AN ON-CALL PHYSICIAN AS
WELL. AND MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
THROUGHOUT THE EVENT. FELIX: THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS
ALSO BEEN BROUGHT IN FOR THE
FIRST TIME, BRINGING A SATELLITE
SYSTEM THAT TRACKS ALL EMERGENCY
CREWS ON THE GROUND AND QUICKLY
DISPATCHES THEM TO ANY EMERGENCY.>>WE WILL BE ABLE TO GO, HEY,
WE HAVE SOMETHING AT THE THUNDER
STAGE WHO IS NEAREST? WE CAN LOCATE THE NEAREST ASSET
AND DIRECT THEM TO THE EVENT,
CUTTING DOWN THE RESPONSE TEAM
— TIME IN ORDER TO EXPEDITE THE
PROCESS. FELIX: DEPUTIES SAY THE
SATELLITE SYSTEM IS A GAME
CHANGER FOR LIGHTINING IN THE
BOTTLE AND GETTING HELP TO
SOMEONE SOONER RATHER THAN
LATER.>>WE HAVE SIX STAGES GOING OFF
AT THE SAME TIME. YOU CAN IMAGINE THE NOISE LEVEL
AT THE EVENT. EVEN WITH THE SYSTEM IN THE AIR
LIKE THIS, IT IS DIFFICULT TO
HEAR DOWN THERE. FELIX: AND I’VE BEEN DOWN THERE,
AND I CAN TELL YOU THE MUSIC CAN
BE DEAFENING, MAKING IT HARD FOR
EMERGENCY CREWS TO COMMUNICATE
THROUGH STANDARD TWO WAY RADIO,
THE EVENT NOW IN IT’S FIFTH YEAR EXPECTED TO SURPASS LAST YEAR’S
ATTENDANCE OF MORE THAN 25,000
FESTIVALGOERS. DAN: THANK YOU. ERIN: THE OTHER BIG FESTIVAL
HAPPENING ON THE CENTRAL COAST
THIS WEEKEND, CALI ROOTS IN
MONTEREY. DAN: THIS YEAR IS THE FIRST YEAR
RECREATIONAL WEED SALES HAVE
BEEN LEGAL FOR THE REGAE EVENT. ERIN: IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN
FOR ITS MARIJUANA USE. CAITLIN CONRAD JOINS US LIVE
FROM THE MONTEREY COUNTY
FAIRGROUNDS WITH MORE TONIGHT. CAITLIN: THAT IS ABSOLUTELY
RIGHT. THIS FESTIVAL HAS BEEN USED —
KNOWN FOR MARIJUANA USE. ONE OF THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCES
THIS YEAR MAY NOT BE FOR THE
FESTIVALGOERS BUT THE BUSINESSES
THAT ARE SELLING RECREATIONAL
WEED.>>♪
CAITLIN: CALIROOTS IS A STONER’S
PARADISE.>>GOOD VIBES, HIGH SPIRITS,
GREAT MUSIC. CAITLIN: FESTIVAL GOER CODY
JACOBS SAYS HE DEFINITELY HAS
PLANS TO TOKE UP ALL WEEKEND. ANY PLANS TO SMOKE ANY WEED
TODAY AT ALL?>>YEAH, PROBABLY LOTS OF BUD
TODAY. CAITLIN: THE QUESTION IS, WILL
THERE BE MORE MARIJUANA USE THIS
YEAR THAN LAST THANKS TO A
CHANGE IN CALIFORNIA LAW?>>I THINK WHOEVER CHOSE TO
SMOKE IT DID IT ANYWAYS THAT’S
WHAT I THINK. CAITLIN: WEED ISN’T FOR SALE AT
CALIROOTS, IN FACT BRINGING IN
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL IS AGAINST THE
RULES, BUT THE PENINSULA’S ONLY
DISPENSARY IS JUST DOWN THE
STREET.>>YOU CAN NOT PURCHASE CANNABIS
THERE. YOU CAN ONLY GET IT HERE. CAITLIN: ON FRIDAY MORNING THERE
WAS A LINE OUT THE DOOR AT
MONTEREY BAY ALTERNATIVE
MEDICINE, AND THE BUSINESS IS
EXPECTING AROUND 2,000 CUSTOMERS
OVER THE 3 DAY WEEKEND.>>WELL IT’S ALWAYS BEEN GOOD
BUT THIS YEAR WE’RE OBVIOUSLY
EXPECTING TO BE EVEN BETTER
BECAUSE IT IS REC NOW SO LAST
YEAR WHEREAS A LOT OF PEOPLE
WOULDN’T COME IN FROM OTHER STATES AND STUFF NOW THEY CAN. CAITLIN: WHILE BUYING CANNABIS
IS LEGAL, SMOKING IT IN PUBLIC
IS NOT, ALTHOUGH ENFORCEMENT AT
THE FESTIVAL HAS BEEN MINIMAL IN
THE PAST.>>EVERYBODY SEEMS TO DO IT
WHERE THEY’RE ENJOYING IT AND
IT’S JUST SOMETHING THAT THEY’RE
DOING RECREATIONALLY AND NOT TO
DISTURB ANYBODY. CAITLIN: I SPOKE WITH MONTEREY
POLICE EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON. THEY ARE GOING TO BE PATROLLING
THE AREA OUTSIDE THIS OFFENSE. IF THEY SEE YOU THEY WILL BE
TICKETING YOU. THE FESTIVAL SAYS DRUGS AND
ALCOHOL ARE SOMETHING YOU CANNOT
BRING IN.