Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 10:38
Written by theglasshousetx
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 10:37
As many of you tokers know, Seattle Hempfest just finished up about a week ago. If you’ve never heard of Hempfest, or if you’ve never been, this is the time to start planning for next year! Just imagine spending the weekend with your friends on the waterfront enjoying great food, live music, a mountain view, and obviously a lot of green. Now imagine how beautiful and cool Seattle in August must be. Now imagine cops handing you snacks. That should be enough to convince you of just how awesome Hempfest is.
From August 16-18, tens of thousands of pot smokers from all over the country gathered in Seattle’s Myrtle Edwards Park to celebrate and advocate for marijuana legalization. Hempfest is the world’s largest annual cannabis protest rally and this year featured six stages of music, world-renowned speakers, and tons of food, arts, crafts, and political booths. This year was especially celebratory after Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana use by adults over 21.
Hempfest is more than just a pot-smoking rally, though. Its 22 years of existence have been founded on the idea that when citizens and public officials work together to accomplish common goals, beautiful things happen. Their desire is to educate the public on the many benefits of cannabis – including medicinal, industrial, agricultural, economic, and environmental. And of course, by gathering so many cannabis lovers in one place, they hope to (and do!) advance the public image of cannabis advocates and enthusiasts.
The leading Hempfest story we’ve been hearing all over the news is that of the Seattle cops. Thankfully, our past experience with cops at summertime festivals has been pretty chill. In an act of solidarity, though, the Seattle police department actually handed out Doritos! Of course, affixed to the Doritos were labels encouraging folks to check out a post on its website called “Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle.” It (humorously!) explains some of the ins and outs of Seattle’s new law.
So, cheers to the Seattle police for their good natured approach to all the pot smoking. Cooperation is so great! We’re still chuckling at Jeremiah Vandermeer’s comment that police handing out Doritos to stoners really does prove that “The Drug War” is a joke.
Want to be a part of Hempfest 2014? Of course you do! The dates are August 15-17, 2014. Go and enjoy as a participant, or support a worthy cause and volunteer!
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