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I'm supportive of the civil disobedience aspect of Hempfest but not supportive of underage use at the event which is rampant.
12 and 13 year olds taking bong hits is not helpful to the cause.
But weed in Seattle is WAY past the tie-died hacky sack Bob Marley crowd. You just go to the shop and get what you want. No skeezy purchase meetings inside old Dodge vans.
How about having a Milkfest to promote a healthy dairy lifestyle?
what's needed now - and maybe you can use your column to help - is making sure the state busts growers who use dangerous pesticides. we're paying a premium for legal weed, so they should be using some of the proceeds to protect consumers.
great to have you back! I miss Last Days!
I have to put out there, the illegal market had all sorts of legislative and social-justice problems that pollute weed's pleasures, too.
;) Keep up the great work and cheers.
I've asked volunteers in the info booths and the answers varied from, "this is a marijuana event". "You can't have beer gardens in a city park." Wrong. "We don't want a bunch of drunks here". Well, without funding you might not have anyone there. From the reactions, I got the feeling they are proud weed defenders and beer and wine are competitors. No one I talked to thought it was a good idea.
My 2013 and 2014 Hempfest photos:
I miss "Last Days" a lot, but, so glad to see you back on board at The Stranger with your new column!