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High hopes for reducing cannabis stigma at Bellingham Budfest

High hopes for reducing cannabis stigma at Bellingham Budfest

July 18, 2019 | Kyra Planetz

As soft jazz melodies drifted through the air, the heat from a sunny afternoon was made bearable by the cool breeze and breathtaking views of Bellingham Bay. Crowds of people meandered through dozens of tented booths scattered around Zuanich Point Park, while others lay in the grass soaking up the sun, listening to the musicians or people-watching.

Such a tranquil scene was host to Bellingham Budfest on Sunday, July 14. The first-annual event celebrated cannabis culture through education in hopes of legitimizing and normalizing the highly stigmatized plant, according to the Bellingham Budfest website. The festival included live music, educational panels and a 21 and up zone with local farms and dispensaries stationed at booths. Vendors sold food, art, clothing and cannabis-related paraphernalia.

High hopes for reducing cannabis stigma at Bellingham Budfest






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