MINNESOTA: A local marijuana and hemp advocate is ramping up her push for legalization.
Deanna Jean and area organizers plan to put on a festival promoting the legalization of the hemp industry in mid-September. The Austin Minnesota Hemp Fest is billed as a drug-free, family-friendly event featuring at least five musical acts by local and regional artists, according to Jean.
“Prohibition is ending, and it’s time we embrace this change instead of fight it,” Jean said.
The festival will include arts and crafts opportunities, and speakers to talk about potential benefits from restarting the hemp industry.
Yet the event is raising eyebrows within the city. Jean and other organizers will rent the bandshell at Bandshell Community Park for the event, which will take place from noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 15.