More than 100,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Seattle Hempfest, taking place this Saturday and Sunday at Myrtle Edwards Park. The two-day event will feature more than 70 speakers, 50 bands, DJs and a special hemp expo. This weekend’s gathering is expected to be the largest pot legalization rally in history.
“We are demanding that patients get their medical marijuana, that American farmers be allowed to produce [hemp,] and that humans not suffer the indignity and immeasurable injustices that we have endured for our love of one of our Earth’s finest creations – the cannabis plant,” says Hempfest director Vivian McPeak.
NORML Executive Director R. Keith Stroup calls the event “a wonderful celebration and a powerful call for an end to prohibition.” Both Stroup and NORML Foundation head Allen St. Pierre are among the list of prominent speakers at this year’s gathering. Other speakers include:
Vincent Bugliosi – author, former federal prosecutor
Sandee Burbank – Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse
Nora Callahan – November Coalition
Tommy Chong – comedian
Chris Conrad – author, Hemp: Lifeline to the Future
Stephen Dillon – Indiana NORML
Dale Gieringer – California NORML
Debbie Goldsberry – Cannabis Action Network
Jack Herer – author, The Emperor Wears No Clothes
Norm Kent – NORML Board of Directors
Nancy Lord Johnson – NORML Board of Directors
Ann McCormick – Compassionate Moms
Mikki Norris – author, Shattered Lives
Dennis Peron – founder, SF Cannabis Buyers’ Club
Krist Novoselic – musician, JAMPAC
John Sajo – Voter power
Kevin Zeese – Common Sense for Drug Policy
For a complete listing of speakers and performers, please visit: http://www.seattlehempfest.com. For more information, please call (206) 781-5734.