Hempfest Highlights Growing Momentum Around Marijuana Law Reform
August 24, 2012- By Derek Rosenfeld
This past weekend, the largest pro-marijuana reform rally in the world known as Hempfest was held again in Seattle, WA. Hempfest is described as a political rally to call attention to our failed marijuana laws but it also offers many family-friendly activities such as live music, arts and crafts booths, etc. Hundreds of thousands have been in attendance in recent years.
Picking up off the momentum of the event, the Seattle Times encouraged Washington voters to support I-502, the state’s marijuana legalization initiative. A hard-hitting move from the state’s largest daily newspaper, the Seattle Times is making it clear that Washingtonians need to lead the way to end marijuana prohibition.
2012 is quickly becoming the year of marijuana law reform. Three states (Washington, Colorado and Oregon) have legalization initiatives on their November ballots this year and many more localities will be voting to decriminalize marijuana or regulate it for medical purposes. When it comes to heeding the call from the public, lawmakers have long been behind the curve. But this November, it will be the voters who will decide whether we continue digging ourselves into a deeper hole, or if it’s high time to consider a new approach to marijuana.