Cannabis rallies are becoming widespread phenomena in America, and Sacramento will soon be adding their name to the list. August 19th through the 21st, the first annual Hempfest Sacramento will be held in a park along the Sacramento River. Attendees will be treated to live music, while they camp or peruse the vendor areas.
The city has been a cornerstone in marijuana movements in California. In 2005, citizens of Sacramento joined the global marijuana march movement. Marches have been held every year since in the city, alongside marches all across the world in the month of May. Kristina Wheeler, an organizer of the rally, said they are looking to “promote awareness and to educate the uneducated on the purposes and benefits of cannabis.” There will be booths available to inform visitors on medical marijuana, as well as information on growing and cooking with cannabis. On-site clinics and doctors will be available to prescribe marijuana cards to qualifying patients.
Rio Ramaza Marina, RV & Event Park, where the event will be held, has an atmosphere that should help associate marijuana as a peaceful, relaxing activity. There will be camping available at the park, as well as daily performances by musicians including Warren G, Flesh-N-Bone from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Ditch and various other DJs and artists.
For current medical marijuana cardholders, there will be a VIP section available for a $50 fee. Known as the 215 Medication Zone, VIP holders will be able to sample various styles of medicinal marijuana. Susan Ramon, owner of the park and recent convert to pro-legalization, commented: “some cancer patients can’t smoke or take pills. But what a wonderful thing when someone can suck on a lollipop and get a little relief.”
Rallies like this have been popping up all over the country, an indicator of the shifting popular opinion of marijuana. Even in heavily conservative states, marijuana rallies, marches and festivals are becoming commonplace. Soon, marijuana festivals will likely just be a nostalgic celebration of a progressive move towards rational legislation.
Events like Hempfest can be a haven for the cannabis community. As Wheeler said, “I hope it brings the community together and that people against it get that knowledge before they judge it.”
This event is also happening on the same days as the renowned Seattle HempFest; so to those who can’t make it to Washington, there is now a great California alternative!
By: Marijuana News