Seattle Hempfest is the world’s largest annual marijuana protest event. This weekend from August 15th-17th marks the festival’s 23rd year in the city, with the rally taking over three waterfront parks—Myrtle Edwards, Centennial, and the Olympic Sculpture Park. Hempfest will feature speakers, live music, art, political booths, and plenty of food.
Hempfest is “founded on the belief that the public is better served when citizens and public officials work cooperatively in order to successfully accomplish common goals.” Its objective is “to educate the public on the myriad of potential benefits offered by the Cabbabis plant…Seattle Hempfest seeks to advance the cause of Cannabis policy reform through education, while advancing the public image of the Cannabis advocate or enthusiast through example.”
New to the event this year will be two fenced-off 21-and-over adult lounges, otherwise known as ‘pot gardens.’ This will be an opportunity for people to legally use marijuana in a city park, which is historic in that it’s never been done before in Seattle or the United States.
Volunteers, event organizers and attendees are already getting ready for this weekend’s events. Preparations are underway around Myrtle Edwards Park—take a look behind the scenes at the first glimpses of 2014 Hempfest!
Featured photo from Wikimedia Commons.