August 15, 2013
A participant holds up a bag of marijuana during the first day of Hempfest 2011, a gathering of thousands of people at Myrtle Edwards Park in Seattle. Tens of thousands are expected to attend Hempfest this weekend, even though marijuana is newly legal in Washington state. Some wonder if the festival is becoming irrelevant, but organizers argue they still need to change minds nationally, and the festival is a good place to start.
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A few things will be different at this year’s Hempfest, the 22-year-old summer “protestival” on Seattle’s waterfront where tens of thousands of revelers gather to use dope openly, listen to music and gaze at the Olympic Mountains in the distance.
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