Started in 1991, the two-day event has grown to include an estimated 300,000 people each year, who gather to advocate ending marijuana prohibition by legalizing cannabis for medicinal, spiritual, industrial, and recreational use. Hundreds of vendors tables, information booths, and performance and speaking stages stretch across the Myrtle Edwards waterfront park in Seattle, Washington.
The first day of Hempfest was a massive success, with huge crowds gathered at four main stages to see an impressive list of speakers and performers. The theme of this years event was a “20/20 Vision of the Future”, with speakers and organizers hoping to paint a picture of tomorrow where marijuana users can live their lives in peace without the fear of arrest or worse.
According to this years program, by producing such a large-scale event organizers hope to demonstrate “that cannabis enthusiast are as responsible, professional, and successful as anyone else.”
A virtual who’s who of the marijuana activist community, this years list of speakers includes Ed Rosenthal, Allen St. Pierre, Rob Kampia, Mason Tvert, Dr. Robert Melamede, Jodie Emery, Russ Belville, Jack Herer, and many more.
Cannabis Culture reporters will be at Hempfest all weekend, and in the coming days will publish an in-depth feature on this years’ festivities with tons of photos and videos. Here’s a short preview:
In this video, marijuana activist and CC Editor Jodie Emery talks about her husband Marc Emery’s extradition case and the Worldwide Rally for the Prince of Pot on September 19, 2009.
In this video: a huge blaze session at the Seely Memorial Stage at 4:20 featuring Ed Rosenthal.
Here are a few photos of Hempfest, Day 1. Click pictures to enlarge.
Check Cannabis Culture soon for more on Seattle Hempfest 2009.
Visit the Hempfest 2009 website for more details.