Seattle Hempfest 2009 kicks off Saturday

Seattle Hempfest 2009 will roll out the green carpet 10:00am to 8:00pm Saturday and Sunday, August 15th and 16th in Myrtle Edwards Park on the downtown waterfront. With tens of thousands people expected to attend, it is America’s largest marijuana law reform event. Marc Emery’s wife Jodie is speaking at the Main Stage on Saturday at 3:35pm – click here to see the speaker lineup!

The 2009 protestival features hundreds of booths and five stages of music and speakers, including Hempfest’s first comedy stage. Entertainment headliner Folk Uke, featuring Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson, daughters America’s storied singers, Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson, take the Seeley Memorial Stage at 4:20 p.m. Sunday. Other music headliners throughout the weekend include Potent, the most downloaded band on MySpace; Dre Ghost’s Hip Hop for Hemp, featuring Lazy Bone; and Tony B’s Hip Hop Revue. More than 50 other acts provide the musical backbeat to the protestival.

Hempfest speakers include Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project; Paul von Hartman, California Cannabis Ministry and Project PEACE (Planet Ecology Advancing Conscious Economics); and Mason Tvert, executive director SAFER (Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation) and co-author of “Marijuana is Safer: So Why Do We Drive People to Drink?”

Seattle Hempfest is an all-volunteer effort and is free to attend; donations are encouraged. Attendees are urged to ride public transportation to the event. First held in 1991 as a “humble gathering of stoners,” it has grown to become a premier Northwest summer attraction, adding to Seattle’s notoriety as a marijuana-friendly city.

WHAT – The Seattle Hempfest XVIII, America’s largest “protestival”

WHEN – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15 & 16

WHERE – Myrtle Edwards Park – Pier 70 on the Downtown Seattle Waterfront