Marijuana Sales Prohibition To Be 'Heavily Enforced'
Is it a "protestival" or a celebration? Seattle Hempfest will be a little of both this year as attendees mark the historic passage of Washington and Colorado’s marijuana legalization initiatives in 2012. As many as 250,000 cannabis enthusiasts are expected to attend the 22nd year of the nation’s largest annual free-speech event in Myrtle Edwards Park, on the Puget Sound waterfront near the Space Needle, in downtown Seattle August 16-18.
Using the "human microphone" call and response pattern of communication that was employed in Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, organizers plan to send a message to President Obama that it is time to end the plant’s designation as a Schedule I substance under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.
“More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined,” said Vivian McPeak, Hempfest’s executive director. “Alcohol use is the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death for the nation, yet these two dangerous drugs have been exempted from the federal schedule entirely.
“Pot prohibition is a lesson in hypocrisy,” adds McPeak. “There has never been a single reported death from an overdose or toxic reaction to marijuana, and we intend to send a message to the President straight from the mouths of 100,000 Americans that it is time to entirely remove marijuana from the federal schedule, just like tobacco and alcohol.”