Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hempfest organizer: Giant joint a no-go

Source: Seattle Pi

Hempfest organizers don’t support a marijuana company’s plans to build the world’s largest joint at the annual pot reform festival.

Speaking Wednesday, Hempfest organizer Vivian McPeak said building a giant joint would jeopardize the Seattle event, which has a standing policy of not allowing marijuana sales.

Each year, organizers meet with city officials to permit the three day festival at Myrtle Edwards Park. To do so, McPeak said organizers have to walk a fine line.

“The last thing we like doing in the word is enforce pot laws,” McPeak said. “But we can’t encourage people to bring any amount of pot that they want to Hempfest.”

“If someone shows up with a 2-pound joint, that’s going to be an issue,” the longtime reform advocate said.

In a statement Tuesday, Prohibition Brands President Brian Laoruangroch said the company hopes to build a 1 kilogram joint during Hempfest. The monster doob would be the largest on record, according to Laoruangroch.

Smoking such a joint at Hempfest would be illegal – though laws on pot possession and public smoking have never really been much of an impediment to Hempfest revelers. Laoruangroch hasn't said where he plans to build the joint.

McPeak said attendees bring more than an ounce of pot to Hempfest will be turned away. People caught attempting to sell pot or marijuana-laced food at the festival will be made to destroy their wares.

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