Idaho may be world-famous for its Russet potatoes and Boise may be the “City of Trees,” but cannabis will be king on Sunday September 25 when the city hosts its very first HOPE Fest. H.O.P.E. is an acronym for Hemp Offers People Everything, underscoring the myriad uses hemp offers and promises, running the gamut from medicine to edibles to natural resources. The fest will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on 9/25 and will feature speakers, musicians, food and a bevy of booths full of information and products. HOPE Fest will be held at Julia Davis Park, which is regarded as the first park in Boise’s “string of pearls,” the nickname of the public park system that runs through the middle of Idaho’s capital city.
Speakers will be on hand to update and motivate the crowd regarding the drive to legalize medi-pot in Idaho. They include Theresa Knox from Idaho Moms for Marijuana, an organization that taps into an important demographic that must be won over in the march towards legalization, “Radical” Russ Belville, the tireless host of NORML Show Live, and Lindsey Rinehart from Compassionate Idaho. Musical acts will include Boise’s own roots/reggae band, Voice of Reason and jamband Actual Depiction, who depict pot in song.
Naming what essentially is a hemp/cannabis festival “HOPE” is also a means by which the organizers can render the event as “acceptable” to a much more conservative state – compared to Idaho’s coast-hugging companions of Oregon, Washington and California, as well as neighboring Nevada (all four of the aforementioned states have long since legalized medical marijuana).
There is also a political agenda behind the HOPE Fest, the intention being to collect signatures to help place the Idaho Medical Choice Act on the November 2012 ballot to legalize medical marijuana in the state, while enlightening Idahoans on the mass influx of tax revenues possible through legalizing medical cannabis and the recession-proof industry that medi-pot has brought to states like California and Colorado. For more info, check out the HOPE Fest website: http://idahohempfest.com/about-event/
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