Seattle Hempfest, which takes place August 16-18, is suing the state of Washington to overturn agency rules that may violate Constitutional guarantees of free speech.
“Public parks and public spaces are the modern equivalent of a town square,” Hempfest executive director Vivian McPeak tells Freedom Leaf. “That’s why they deserve the highest degree of protection. As a free speech event, nothing’s more important to us than political speech.”
Hempfest is held in Myrtle Edwards Park, a narrow tract of land that abuts the Puget Sound. At issue, is a recent rule change by Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Commission (LCB) that impinges on Hempfest sponsors and vendors’ ability to promote, advertise and sell products at the event. It reads, in part:
“No marijuana licensee shall place or maintain, or cause to be placed or maintained, an advertisement of a marijuana business or marijuana product, including marijuana concentrates, useable marijuana or marijuana-infused product: (i) In any form or through any medium whatsoever within 1,000 feet (italics added) of the perimeter of a school grounds, playground, recreation center or facility, child care center, public park (italics added) or library.”
Seattle Hempfest is the World’s Fair of Weed featuring bands, speakers