The Seattle HEMPFEST® protestival started out as a humble little gathering of stoners and has grown into one of the most sophisticated cannabis policy reform events in the world. Originally billed in 1991 as the “Washington Hemp Expo”, the first Hempfest started in Volunteer Park where it would stay for three years. With a meager attendance of only 500 people, and a staff that included of 20 members of the Seattle Peace Heathens Community Action Group, there was no way to know that we were sowing the seeds that would someday make Pacific Northwest history.
The fallout from Jack Herer’s groundbreaking publication, “The Emperor Wears No Clothes”, was just beginning to build and the time was right for a new wave of marijuana activists to emerge on the political scene.
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