WASHINGTON: The annual Olympia Hempfest returns this weekend to celebrate all things cannabis.
The free event runs 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Park in downtown Olympia. The buzz surrounding legal marijuana could boost attendance this year, said organizer Russell McGregor, who expects at least 2,000 people each day.
“It’s a good event if you’ve never been around cannabis or marijuana,” said McGregor, who owns the Green Monster Club collective garden in Tacoma. “There will be people who can educate you on the pros and cons.”
The event includes glass pipe vendors, speakers, live music, informational booths and more. McGregor likens Hempfest to a free speech rally that pays tribute to a versatile and often misunderstood plant.