Olympia Hempfest Will Celebrate Marijuana Pride And Activism This Weekend

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.

Festive Crowd Gathers to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Olympia Hempfest

WASHINGTON: Mellow was the mood as the dedicated followers of cannabis converged onto Heritage Park — a modest chunk of field in the shadows of the gilded dome of the Washington State Capital building — for the first day of the 10th Anniversary of  Olympia Hempfest.

There will be many cannabis celebrations happening this summer, but it is important to remember that Olympia Hempfest was the first such event when it debuted a decade ago.  These days, however, Olympia Hempfest is overshadowed by Seattle Hempfest — an hour north and three weeks away. While the Seattle festival expects to attract upwards of 100,000 attendees, a mere 2,500 will stop by Heritage Park this weekend. [Read more…]