Evolve Festival drops plans to test quality of attendees’ drugs

Global News

WATCH ABOVE: The organizers of Nova Scotia’s Evolve festival suggested a controversial new way to reduce the risk of overdose, but the idea didn’t go over as well as planned. Ross Lord explains.

Nova Scotia’s popular Evolve Festival wanted to try something new this year — drug testing. It wasn’t to see whether festival-goers are high, it was to make sure drugs aren’t tainted with toxic ingredients and to eliminate bad drugs from the concert.

But Evolve organizers’ best intentions were met with some opposition and the festival’s insurance underwriter “pulled out” just days before the start of the festival, getting underway Thursday in Antigonish, about two hours northeast of Halifax.

Evolve producer Jonas Colter told Global News he tried to secure liability insurance that would allow the festival to offer drug testing at the three-day music event.

But he confirmed to Global News late Thursday afternoon he had to…

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