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How Hempfest Is Staying Relevant—And Solvent—Amid the New Weed Order

How Hempfest Is Staying Relevant—And Solvent—Amid the New Weed Order

| Aug 17th, 2016

This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of Hempfest, Seattle’s weird, awesome, one-of-a-kind “protestival” of pot.

After a quarter-century serving as a celebratory safe haven for topless MMJ activists, pot-loving celebrity speakers, and stoney musicians of all stripes, Hempfest is facing funding woes and questions about its continued relevance given that weed is now legal here. Legalization has also caused a funding crunch for the festival: With medical-marijuana shops put out of business by the state in favor of recreational shops, and with strict rules about how those rec shops can advertise in public parks, many of Hempfest’s traditional sources of funding have dried up. Some wonder if Hempfest’s survival is only a pipe dream.

How Hempfest Is Staying Relevant—And Solvent—Amid the New Weed Order






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