Seattle Hempfest 2013 Sucked! (61 photos!)

The annual Seattle Hempfest has been taking place since 1991 intent to educate the public about marijuana.  What started a “humble gathering of stoners” has turned into a 3-day rally attended by more than 300,ooo people.  It was a good opportunity for folks to go out and enjoy the plant in public with other enthusiasts.  There was music, vendors, workshops, and an all around relaxed vibe.  There is no entrance fee per se,  but a suggested $10 donation.

Seattle Hempfest 2013

Seattle Hempfest 2013

I met up with a friend of mine that I keep managing to cross paths with.  Originally we met on a collectivo in Chiapas Mexico in 2010.  Since then Portland, New Orleans, and twice now in Seattle.  He and a friend were coming through town on a road trip to New Orleans and we decided to come up for Seattle Hempfest.  I was excited to see my friend.

We walked the length of the festival and saw a lot of the same things over and over again.  Okay music, food vendors galore, and tons of bongs.  It was a pretty chill scene and had god vibes.  The Seattle police department gave out 1,000 bags of Doritos with do’s and don’t of the law stickered onto them.  I met some really cool people and had a fun time with my friends.

Why Seattle Hempfest was lame.

It was the same thing that happens everyday at the waterfront; a bunch of people smoking pot and not really doing anything productive.  I’m all about smoking pot, activism, and chilling in the park, but I felt the event lacked substance.  It was just a huge line of vendors as far as the eyes could see selling shitty carnival food and 420 paraphernalia.  The music wasn’t even very good (even when we walked far past the death metal stage).  I saw my friends though and made the best of our time together.

We had a chance to catch up since the last time we had seen each other.  We talked about where we had been, where we were going, and how we were going to do it bigger.  The universe is our playground and if we all play nicely together we can make an amazing experience for all who are playing along with us.

We went out on the town and were started drinking before the sun had gone down.  We hung out in belltown drinking and playing video games at Shorty’s.  Big Buck Hunter, pinball, and even my favorite; Galaga.

I was fortunate enough to have a place for my friends to sleep here in Seattle.  It was nice to open my home to fellow weary travelers and great to give back to someone who has helped me along the way.  I value the people in my life who are able to freely come and go while we crisscross paths along the way and I’m sure it’s bound to happen with us again.

Without further ado, photos from Seattle Hempfest 2013.

Photos from Seattle Hempfest 2013

  • Hiccups

    I thoroughly enjoyed Hempfest. My boyfriend and I spent a lot of time listening to panels at the Hemposium and came away with a good amount of fresh knowledge and a better understanding of the movement, where it’s going, and how it’s gonna get there. You are right – there were a lot of vendors. But we took the time to weed out which ones were worth visiting and which ones weren’t. There were several booths with innovative new products and information on the latest goings-on in the industry. Not to mention, we met a lot of great people, and even got a personal invite to the Cannabis Cup from a VERY involved individual. Everything is what ya make it. :-)