Sacramento 1st Annual Hemp Fest

On a warm Saturday afternoon, the 1st Annual Sacramento Hemp Festival continued its second day of the 3 day event.

They were lined up when the gates opened at 11, and the line grew after the first hour, and stayed pretty steady throughout the day. Early estimates put attendance at around 3 – 4,000 with a few hours to go.

The event is being held at the Rio Ramaza Marina RV & Event Park and is billed as a way to promote awareness and to educate on the purposes and benefits of cannabis.

And for the person who may or may not currently have a medical card, but who needs more information, this is the place to go. Dispensaries such as 1 Love Wellness, not only were there to promote their own business, but also to help educate about ways medical cannabis could help each individual.

There is also an assortment of food vendors that can cater to a variety of taste. Other vendors included the Healing Arts Institute, which was offering free chair massages, Nicole with Passion Parties, and Cultivist.com promoting the official cannabis strain registry, among others.

There is also a special section, 215, that is only open to current medical card holders. Here you are allowed to medicate as needed and visit other vendors which included dispensaries, paraphernalia for sale, as well as vendors to help you cultivate your own supply.

A list of entertainment was scheduled through the day as well as Sunday. Performers such as Ms. Lacy from Vallejo and Fiva in the Funk House had the crowd up and moving.

One of the most popular places was 420 Relief, who was there to assist qualified individuals with getting medical marijuana cards. By late afternoon, they had help secure over 200 new cannabis cards for patients.

Some information booths had a political tone, such as the one promoting the California Cannabis Hemp & Health Initiative 2012. Also in attendance was Jeremy Schafer, son of Dr. Mollie Fry and Attorney Dale C. Schafer. Their story and more information can be found at Freedocfry.com.

For more information and to learn about the event, please check out the 1st Annual Sacramento Hemp Festival.

 

Disclosure: Rusty is an official photographer/Photojournalist for MaverickPhotography.us and SacMav.com

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August 21, 2011 | 8:28 AM

I answered an ad placed by someone from this event for class B drivers to shuttle people, but alas, I didn’t possess the P endorsement on my commercial license that allows for passenger transporting. That would have been one of the few reasons I would have visited this event. while I might concede that cannabis has some slight value to a certain class of persons for medical use, what this has morphed into is a cult of substance abuse under the guise of pain medication. As much as I believe in personal freedoms; We are sending a message to our youth that it is ok to go through life under the influence. It’s hard enough to get people to get involved in their government now; substances like weed and alcohol are just further contributors to the tuned out society. Woe is us when this reaches critical mass

August 21, 2011 | 12:30 PM

Cut the “wrong message to our youth” crap. No one is under the delusion that this is anything but a way to get around the prohibition. Having said that I personally know several people who are helped by smoking pot. Unless you’ve been in chemotherapy yourself you probally don’t understand how much it can help. As for your other theory that pot will create a generation of mindnumbed, uninvolved people – I think it can be undeniably shown that those who smoked pot from the 1950′s onward were in fact as much if not more involved politically, creatively, culturally than their “straight ended” counterparts. Of course, any addiction is problem but drinking is far more of one.

August 21, 2011 | 2:34 PM

Mark,
There are far, far more advertisements out there than chemotherapy patients. This has become a cult. I’d dispute your claim of involvement also. I lived through it, and know who was smoking, and who was involved and stayed involved.

August 23, 2011 | 9:47 AM

First off, it’s not “1st Annual” — ck AP Style — it can’t be “annual” until the second year. // Second, I wish there had been a little more reporting in this piece, instead of just an advertisement for the Hemp Festival. Ex: You say that the group, “420 Relief” helped “qualified individuals” obtain 200 medical cannibas cards over a two-day period. I’m wondering: Did these people come to this festival with their medical records in hand? Highly unlikely. So this begs the question: Why do some 420 docs require you to provide medical records and others don’t? That begs other questions, which seem too obvious to mention.

August 23, 2011 | 11:43 AM

I can hardly wait for the valium festival.

August 23, 2011 | 3:18 PM

I’m stressed out just thinking about it…

August 24, 2011 | 9:03 AM

A common confusion is perpetuated here between hemp, which has commercial uses but isn’t useful for intoxication, and cannabis, which has no well-established medical value but plenty of proven risk.

There’s an undeniable human urge to seek mind-altering experiences. I can’t see where we (collectively) have ever taken the time to acknowledge that and try to teach our children about natural desires and responsible approaches to those.

The potency of the marijuana that’s cultivated has increased by an incredible amount in the last 40 years. It’s a shame to see large numbers of people using large amounts of potent pot under the delusion of “therapy”.

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