Jacob Sullum on What the Country Can Learn From Hempfest


Jacob Sullum

Seattle's Hempfest, a three-day "protestival" featuring music, food, drug policy speeches, and hundreds of cannabis-related vendors, attracts about 250,000 people each year. Although a good portion of them can be seen smoking pot at any given moment, says Senior Editor Jacob Sullum, the Seattle Police Department has learned to live with this annual affront to prohibitionist sensibilities, providing a lesson in tolerance for other cities.