25th Seattle Hempfest
Hempfest this year will take place on the 19th, 20th and 21st of August 2016.
This self-proclaimed ‘Undisputed King of Protestivals’, is the largest of all the cannabis shows in the world and is globally known for being one of the best. This year, the Seattle Hempfest will be celebrating its 25th anniversary, so rest assured that it is going to be an absolutely spectacular event and even after 25 years Seattle HEMPFEST is the most sophisticated and socially responsible cannabis rally in history, and perhaps the largest annual free speech event in the nation.
This year will welcome around 400 food, arts & crafts, and information stalls and will welcome around 1000 voluntary staff. The speakers list is one of the most amazing groups that have ever graced Hempfests presence with political figures and mayors as well as guests like Jodi Emery. These people are increasing important in the Marijuana Movement against prohibition because even as the beautiful plant becomes legal across the states, people are still going to jail despite the state laws we still can’t wrap our head around these paradoxical laws! How can people still be going to jail for something that is deemed as legal?
The differences between state and federal laws are bewildering. State laws can give a false sense of security, since the federal government continues to raid medical cannabis dispensaries and the homes of patients who are following state law. When defendants dare to take their case to trial, the federal government throws out our state laws and all other defences that would tell the jury that they are following state law. They can’t refer to a medical defence at all. (direct quote from Hempfest)
Hempest have been vocal in their support of ‘plant prisoners’ – innocent men that have fought for their freedom in trial only to egenrally be denied and spend the rest of their days in jail. We cannot recommend this socially aware festival more, so stay tuned for more details of this year’s Hempfest!