Planet’s Largest Pro-Cannabis Rally Needs Our Help!

In exactly one week an amazing annual event in the long struggle to reform cannabis laws comes to the fore.

NORML Advisory Board Member and Best-Selling Travel Author Rick Steves Addresses Hempfest's 100,000 @ 4:20

Below is an important message from the Seattle Hempfest. You can either donate via Hempfest.org, or participate in their new ‘Fundraising Crew’.

There is no hyperbole when one states that the now 19-year-old Seattle Hempfest is the largest pro-cannabis rally on the face of our good green earth. Over 200,000 anti-prohibitionists pour into a beautiful, mile-long park that faces Puget Sound for two days of speeches, education and music in support of ending America’s longest war–the US government’s 73-year-old war against cannabis consumers and the plant itself.

(To place this in some perspective: I grew up in a small town on Cape Cod that has a population under 6,000…to see over 200,000 citizens peacefully gather in protest annually has been truly an awesome and informative experience I encourage others to have as well.)

Over 850,000 Americans will likely be arrested this year on cannabis-related charges in America–90% for possession only. How many people will likely be arrested at the Seattle Hempfest despite massive, protest-driven and open cannabis consumption? Likely, not a single adult.

The Hempfest has helped pave the way for medical cannabis laws in Washington State, the virtual decriminalization of cannabis under one ounce in Seattle and is setting the stage once again for big changes in cannabis laws: a state-wide legalization ballot initiative, as well as legislation to both decriminalize and legalize.

What does it cost to see over 30 bands on three stages, get educated and motivated by the most active cannabis law reformers from around the world, have access to over 200 booths that sell glass and hemp products, eat great food and use cannabis without fear of arrest?

Zilch. Zip. Nothing. Nada. Free.

That’s right. No kidding. Free!

This entire massive two-day ‘protestival’ is put on entirely by volunteers–hundreds and hundreds of volunteers.

Does it cost money to lawfully, safely and responsibly stage a small city for nearly a week?

You bet it does!

Well over $100,000 for all of the leased staging, lighting, sound equipment, tents, booths, over one hundred ‘Port-o-Johns’, security, communication equipment fencing, event insurance, police overtime and even t-shirts for the hundreds of volunteers who manage the entrances, security and stages.

Take it from someone who has convened large concerts, conferences and protests–The Seattle Hempfest does it right and they need our support to make this AMAZING event in the history of cannabis law reform continue to happen until cannabis has been effectively legalized.

Then, after over 20 years of self-sacrifice and hard work, when cannabis is legal, there will be one last Seattle Hempfest…to celebrate the hard fought battle for personal freedom, autonomy and freedom. I’m really, really looking forward to that notable Hempfest celebration!

But until that soon-to-come day occurs, please join NORML and me in lending support to the great all-volunteer effort that it will take to stage next week’s 19th annual Seattle Hempfest.

National NORML along with numerous NORML chapters from around the country have booths , so come on by and say ‘high!’

As always, thanks for caring and sharing.

Cannabem liberemus!!

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An Important Request From Seattle Hempfest Organizers:

Please join our new Hempfest Fundraising Crew this year to help raise a million bucks for cannabis. 250,000+ enthusiasts will be at Hempfest

August 21-22. We have a plan to ask each of them to donate to the Hempfest organization. If they give an average of $4, we’ll raise a million bucks for cannabis! All we need is your help building a team big enough to reach them all.

There will be an orientation party the Wednesday before Hempfest and we graciously and urgently request your attendance.

What: Volunteer orientation party for Hempfest Fundraising Crew

When: Wednesday, Aug 18, 7PM

Where: Myrtle Edwards Park, south entrance near the fountain, Seattle

waterfront

And…: Snacks and refreshments provided

Contact: Ezra Eickmeyer, 360-301-1842, ezra@olypen.com

If you can’t attend the Wednesday orientation party, please let us know which days you can volunteer at Hempfest (Aug. 21-22, 10AM – 8PM) and at which times. 4-5 hour shifts are requested.

Finally, please recruit friends and family to come help as well. We’ll need as many as 60 volunteers per shift to make these efforts work, which means 240+ volunteers rallying together for the cause over one weekend. We still need over 100 volunteer shifts to be filled, so e-mail and call everyone. Thank you!!!

In Solidarity,

-Ezra Eickmeyer, Coordinator Hempfest Fundraising Crew ezra@olypen.com

22 thoughts

  1. Absolutly great. And though im usually pessimistic i too have become more and more conviced that the legal inequality called prohibition can end and we take our place others as law abiding citizens with nothing to fear.

  2. What is there left to say that hasn’t been said about cannabis prohibition? We are always “on the brink” of legalizing marijuana. At least we have been for the last 30 years. What can the speakers here say? Especially on deaf ears since the only people who show up to Hempfest are the same ones that read your awesome blog and know everything current anyway.

    We need to stop looking for excuses for getting together and getting stoned and rather spend the money on something like an ad campaign in California to pass the ballot initiative this fall.

  3. The mainstream media is going broke,yet their propaganda control is neverending…The Stash blog is the neo-hyper media that we crave. Radman Russ and sweet Ganja John have me mezmerized daily with the best entertainment-education on the net. Thanks NORML for the “professional left” that is hated by the ruse in the White House. I feel so “dirty” for believing in democracy during the campaign of Obama (Rape of the body politic)–back to normal atheistic ideology ,to the phony DEM-REP paradigm

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  5. I find it odd that it has taken so long for pot legalization to begin its course in human history. It’s good to know, of course that medical pot is the catalyst… yet… something seems askew, if, we are all to ‘understand’ we’re all one, and all that….

    So, my query is, just how ‘safe’ can we feel when advocating the legalization of pot when we are not doctors, etc.? Hmm?

  6. Legalizing Cannabis is about doing what is right and doing the most good for the most people. People supporting the cause are standing on the moral high ground and should be applauded for doing the right thing and speaking out against the unjust prohibition policies.

  7. Again, legalization efforts by just anyone certainly seems to be a dangerous undertaking. In our area it is okay to light-up in public, but purchase is still a criminal offense. So, in other words, you can smoke, you can possess under an ounce with no fine for smoking, a small fine for under an ounce possession. But, pot sellers are arrested still, and they are imprisioned. So, speaking out on the issue is still a dangerous thing here. I’m putting my vote and my dollars toward medical efforts to legalize and large organizations that can help bring about change. I still think for the average ‘joe’ it’s best we bide our time.

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  9. Eric…those of us that see that cannabis is factually so “non-toxic” that “safe” levels of use are of little concern also advocate for “responsible” use. I am sure that society will gradually settle into a quiet acceptance of what the norm is if allowed to do so unhampered. The stray all day stoner will still sell you popcorn or some other less demanding service, maybe the law change will even open up the job market to more who want to do minimum work at minimum pay. Unwind users will be less hampered than users of alcohol, and will hopefully not use the two together, leaving alcohol in ones diet as only an accompaniment to dinner.

    But I am getting off topic. Humans have used cannabis for centuries. It was the second most prescribed, as cannabis sativa, drug in the U.S. until the cotton and corn giants performed a political coup by calling it by its Spanish name: marijuana. Think about it though…if it was the second most prescribed drug, this country was built by potheads (aka hard working people that knew they could take a natural remedy that would not kill them and had mostly positive side effects, that also grew well in their gardens). Today we have doctors tell us what to take all of the time, sometimes they require a prescription, and sometimes they are “prescribed, as in suggested by” over the counter drugs. The difference in most cases are due to bodily risk. Once again, cannabis is non-lethal in any doable quantity in plant form, (I don’t know about government approved 100% THC prescribed Marinol). Addiction is factored in too, but when compared to alcohol and tobacco, well…there is no comparison: cannabis is just not very addictive either.

    In other words, legalization proponants know quite a bit, thanks to available studies as well as generations of use. We know enough to know that it is unconscionable to continue to keep locking up 3/4 of a million people a year for simple possession and then not allowing those people public housing or student loans…which perpetrators of violent crimes are often eligable for, can you believe it. We certainly don’t have to be doctors to know this war against our citizens is a cure that is worse than the cause.

  10. Post #7

    That is not an argument. That is veiled fear-mongering.

    OMG what if? What will happen?

    People who try to imagine things in the future as if they can control everything tend to be type-A stress cases.

    Prohibitionist arguments are very often emotional rhetoric or hypothetical questions, or just plain fear-mongering and more proof that our big government has a fascist office run by a czar who continues to waste tax revenues on disinformation (blatant lying) with one purpose in the past: to socialize people to be fearful when they think of Cannabis.

    Taxpayers paid for their own mind-control propaganda. It’s just breathtakingly stupid.

  11. OMG? Let’s first take God out of the translation when people are reticent about attending rallies and the like, rallies I mean that deal specifically with pot legalization. Having been a summer officer for a small police station many years ago, and I do reiterate many years ago, we knew full-well to be on the lookout for hippies who linger at bars, parks, etc. The same goes today, for example, there are surveillance cameras at Boston Commons that are scanned for previously busted folks, etc.

    So, OMG or just plain common sense – tells us that unless we are well connected to legal or monetary resources, it just isn’t viable for the everyday person to expose themselves, especially with informants trying to get a lesser sentence on the loose, and plain ole redneck cops and wimp-heads vying for as ‘bust’ as well.

    We all know that pot is harmless, regardless of what ignorant bullies try to say. It’s why it’s legal to smoke in public in some towns in MA, CA, etc. So no need to harp on that issue anymore.

    The issue as I see it, is that folks need to take due diligence when it comes to how much exposure they are willing to put up with Police can only enforce the law(s). They do NOT have the right to ignore it, if actions contrary to law(s) are not current policy of a town, city, county or state/commonwealth.

    Having said all that, I go to pro-pot rallies. But won’t hook up with anyone at them since Narks are still employed by many forces, especially Federal.

    So, drop the he said she said; we all understand all that. I’m speaking out here only to protect our lives, our homes, and our families in taking it ‘One Day at a Time’.

    This is how it is in my world. More daring folks do what they do – and we’re all supporting them the best we can. Now, let’s Move-On. No more arguing.

  12. In response to @18: A false belief or opinion: labored under the delusion that success was at hand.
    3. Psychiatry A false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence.
    It is obvious you don’t know what the word/term delusional means, since my opinion about protecting our lives, etc… cannot be invalidated.

    Secondly, with my protective devices success for the respect of all those who want to imbibe, or do, will be a success since we won’t be in jail, followed by those who are bound to the law, and so forth.

    This is my last comment about the issue.

  13. Well #7 all the doctors that i have seen in recent years have said i am in the top 5% of the most healthiest people in the US and I have been smokin for 15 years if that says anything…

  14. overrun in the workplace WTF – are you kidding me ? do you have any idea how much companies save by having employees smoke pot – BILLIONS – because if they fail drug test they dont use workmens comp – I worked at MOHAWK INDUSTRIES and i quit smoking but i smelled it coming off the truck being loaded by a couple employees one day and i couldnt believe the plant manager was standing at the back of the truc pretending not to smell it – but it was then i was told that one time a bag of pot had been found on B shift so they tested everybody – ALL 50 something employees – well to make a long story short they fired about 90% of employees testing positive JUST ON B SHIFT AND the plant manager VINCE said he would never drug test again so I guess the person marking through the poster that read ” drug and alcohol free workplace for 36,000 employees was right when he would mark out FREE every dang day -and when my supervisor called me in the office area and stated to me ” we all smoke pot ” in front of the whole shift, i assumed it was trickery to get me fired little did i know they need employees smoking pot cause it saves them INSURANCE MONEY

  15. dont worry MOHAWK is making sorona fiber that comes from china and they have to send it back to china to be incenerated because it is carconogenic – IS – but what do they do – make a padding plant that takes the fiber and dumps tons in surounding dumps and they wonder why dalton ga has such a high rate of brain cancer – thanks GOVMT for looking out for my pot while you kill me by anything you can make money from –

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