CANNABIS CULTURE – The 20th Anniversary celebration of Seattle Hempfest, the plantet’s largest pot protestival, was bigger and better than ever this year. Cannabis Culture spent three days in the 300,000-strong crowd with our cameras flashing non-stop.
From August 19 – 21, hundreds of thousands of activists, politicians, musicians, vendors, media personalities and marijuana lovers gathered in three of Seattle’s waterfront parks for a session of mass proportions.
Speakers and performers took to three main stages to spread the message of cannabis legalization and keep audiences entertained and educated.
CC‘s Jodie Emery, Jeremiah Vandermeer and Carina Gonzalez joined the world’s biggest cannabis rally for a three-day adventure and were fortunate enough to spend time with some of the drug reform movement’s brightest stars.
Seattle Hempfest 2011 – Day 1
Day 1 was spent checking in to the media tent, getting situated, and hanging at the V.I.P. dinner at the Hemposium Tent. We had a great time with fellow cannabis activists like Ganga Guru Ed Rosenthal, NORML founder Keith Stroup, and pot lawyer Douglas Hiatt, who was presented with a special award for his achievements.
See the Day 1 gallery on Flickr
Seattle Hempfest 2011 – Day 2
Day 2 was an action-packed day of political and social advocacy featuring speeches by Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives Mary Lou Dickerson, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Kucinich, travel writer Rick Steves, Princess of Pot Jodie Emery and many more. We made our way to the North end of the waterfront and back again, leaving no interesting vendor booth unphotographed.
See the Day 2 gallery on Flickr
Seattle Hempfest 2011 – Day 3
The third and final day of The Protestival was a huge blow-out, with more speeches, amazing music from herb-friendly bands, and a giant 420 smoke-session that left smiles on faces and a cloud of purple haze in the air.
See the Day 3 gallery on Flickr
Stay tuned to CC for more coverage of Seattle Hempfest 2011.