Colorado gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunafon. (Cyrus McCrimmon, Denver Post file)

From Yes We Cannabis to No We Can’t: Snoop cancels music fest for Dunafon

In mid-October, Colorado gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunafon announced that the Yes We Cannabis Festival would take over Glendale on Halloween weekend with the intention of registering voters and having a good time with his new friend Snoop Dogg, who was to host the event with other big-name musicians and comedians.

But as days passed without announcing artists or putting tickets on sale or marketing the event or any concrete information at all, onlookers began to wonder if Snoop and his team were saying No We Can’t to the Yes We Cannabis Festival.

Sure enough the festival is no longer a reality, Dunafon said.

“Snoop’s people told us, ‘Yes, it’s happening,’ and we believed them,” said Dunafon, who claims that external political pressure from his opponents’ campaigns killed the event. “And then it got crushed.”

The event was supposed to be a multi-day music and comedy festival at Glendale’s Infinity Park featuring Snoop and other A-list hip-hoppers and comedians — seemingly a massive undertaking, especially when organizers had less than three weeks to pull it off. But since Snoop had just contributed a verse to Dunafon’s campaign song “The Trap,” it seemed logical that Snoop would take his involvement one step further and plan a pre-election party for the candidate.

“I’m disappointed,” Dunafon said. “Is it the end of the world? No. We got a whole bunch of traction out of Snoop. He’s a believer of what I’m doing.”

Efforts to reach Snoop Dogg’s camp went unreturned on Friday.

The Dunafon campaign is still trying to assemble some sort of public event for Halloween weekend, which falls a few days before election day.