After Legalization, Hempfest More Celebration
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After Legalization, Hempfest More Celebration
Posted by CN Staff on August 16, 2014 at 05:26:54 PT
By Katharine Schwab
Source: Seattle Times
Washington -- Seattle’s very own “protestival” is back — without much to protest. Hempfest 2014 has the usual tie-dye T-shirt-wearing, dread-headed, high-minded attendees, but with marijuana now legal in Washington state, the tone of the 23-year-old festival has shifted from dissent to celebration.Still, the festival’s guide urges activists to “soldier on in the struggle for full legalization.” “This is the one plant that can revolutionize the world,” said Seattle resident Jacob Junkman, who spends much of his time volunteering at medical dispensaries and was wearing a T-shirt that read “Marijuana is safer than alcohol.”
Similar to beer gardens at other public festivals, this year’s Hempfest hosts two areas that allow consumers of legal age to light up (away from underage attendees including babies in strollers).But the festival’s official efforts to follow the law didn’t stop attendees from smoking as they strolled from booth to booth, examining the glass, vapes and other hemp-related products for sale. Other vendors are local companies like Kush Tourism, which offers “rent-a-vape” services for $10 an hour.While many locals were marked by their Seahawks gear, a contingent of the festivalgoers came from out of town. Dezon Dalberg, owner of a dispensary in Bend, Ore., trekked up to Hempfest from CannaCon, the marijuana industry’s first convention that is also taking place this weekend in Tacoma.“We’re at the beginning of an industry, even though it’s been around forever,” said Dalberg, who is in the process of opening three more dispensaries in Oregon.Half-brothers Kyle Mehr and Jory Nielson were hitchhiking through California when they heard about Hempfest; Seattle summarily became their next destination.“We’re part of the biggest revolution America’s ever seen — marijuana,” said Mehr, 20.But he had doubts about legalization and the efficacy of recreational outlets compared to the black market, a sentiment echoed by many. The festival’s celebratory vibe was tinged with disdain for how the state has handled legalization.“I wanted to see if it’s changed since it’s legal,” said Sarah Moran, a medical patient from Seattle. “They’re trying to tax too much for something that’s already on the black market. I won’t legally pay for it. I’ll go to the dispensaries or grow my own.”Source: Seattle Times (WA)Author:  Katharine SchwabPublished: August 15, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Seattle Times CompanyContact: opinion seatimes.comWebsite:   -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on August 23, 2014 at 08:53:53 PT
the schools really don't teach children about the Revolution against Great Britain anymore. Maybe, they don't want to, or are not allowed to give them any ideas about freedom and rights. 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on August 23, 2014 at 08:40:26 PT
If you think about editing,
and that they chose to use Kyle's goofiness in the paper... I'd say some writer or editor, or both, is rather a prohibitionist at heart.People say goofy things all the time, and that was on up there, but they could have resisted immortalizing it in print.And Mr. Mehr surely will learn that, sometimes, it is better to just say nothing at all... even if given the opportunity.
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Comment #2 posted by Universer on August 22, 2014 at 19:33:24 PT
Dude, seriously?
-- “We’re part of the biggest revolution America’s ever seen — marijuana,” said Mehr, 20. --Umm...I think America's been involved in a bigger revolution, Kyle.(Love weed. Hate the stupid-stoner stereotype. You're not helping, Ky.)
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Comment #1 posted by Oleg the Tumor on August 17, 2014 at 08:55:55 PT
“Rent-a-vape”? 10 bucks – that's full, right? 
As a "Satisfied vape user", I must point out that the whole "cannabis tourism industry" depends upon prohibition elsewhere in order to be a viable business model.Differing regulations between the various states regarding cannabis are being exploited as the market inefficiencies that they are. And that is all that they are. Market inefficiencies. The Market has already spoken! Uncle Sam is the only one pretending not to listen!All Uncle Sam has to do now is wake up and invoke the Commerce Clause again, and presto, the Constitution has been bent into regulating a commodity that is illegal by its own laws - the farce is complete, the lawmaker becomes the lawbreaker! Checkmate. Book'em Dano! All of them!The voices silenced 2 August 1937 are getting LOUDER AND LOUDER!FREE THE PRISONER OF SCHEDULE ONE!GIVE BACK WHAT YOU TOOK FROM US!
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