This was the first Hempfest, since Washington state legalized weed. I go, and take pictures, almost every year. It’s a great place to get some cool art, see lots of interesting looking people, and see people toking up in public. This year, some things were already different. If the final rules allow sales at festivals, next year could be very different indeed.
First thing I noticed, not a single seller of weed alternatives. No sativa retailers at all. Only one authorization clinic came this year; I’m hoping they paid attention to how strictly the DEA went with the people who rubber stamped authorizations last year….
For the first time I’ve ever seen, vendors of different bits of paraphernalia were actually using real weed, or hash oil, when they demo’d the equipment, instead of flavored essential oils. Vaporizing technology was all the rage; ‘dabbing’ seems to be rapidly replacing ‘toking’ as the delivery method of choice for the kids these days, at least by song lyrics and average booth composition. I also saw two local food trucks, over and above the regular fair food people that are at everything in this neck of the woods.
There were two electronic music areas this year, the ‘chill’ zone, and the energetic stage, both kept fairly steady crowds around, when the music was going (energetic stage didn’t get started as early as the chill tent). I didn’t see the pseudo-ICP band playing this year, but I didn’t look for them either.
The army flew 4 helicopters overhead at one point, probably just a routine training exercise with a little detour to play with the potheads. More interesting to me, was the private helicopter that buzzed the entire length of the park, around 4:20 Saturday, flying what looked to be too low, close to the shore, and too fast, to be legal, without some sort of special permit. Of course, the new camera takes too long to boot up, to capture them =(