The Seattle Hempfest, the world's largest marijuana legalization rally, was a smashing success again this year, with actor and hemp activist Woody Harrelson a surprise featured speaker. A total crowd estimated at 150,000 attended the 2-day event, held on Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 2001.
Harrelson, who took the main stage to speak at 4:20 pm on Sunday to chants from the crowd of "Woody, Woody," began by acknowledging the cultural significance of the time. "It's now officially 4:20," he said. "If you folks need to do something now, just go ahead." He added, "I recently decided to stop smoking." When the groans from the crowd subsided, he finished by adding, "but I thought more about it and decided I didn't want to be a quitter!"
Harrelson, who has long advocated the use of industrial hemp, more recently has broadened his goals to include an end to marijuana prohibition altogether.
For more information and details regarding the 2001 Seattle Hempfest, including a collection of photos, visit their web site at www.seattlehempfest.com.