Hempfest Sues, Says City Dragging Its Feet


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Oct 22, 2005
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http://cannabisnews.com/news/list/hemp.shtml Seattle -- The pot proponents are getting antsy. The folks behind Seattle's Hempfest, a huge summer festival promoting marijuana legalization, filed a lawsuit against the city and the Seattle Art Museum on Monday.
The suit in King County Superior Court accuses park bureaucrats and the museum of taking too long to grant a permit for the event at Myrtle Edwards Park, adjacent to the museum's incoming sculpture park.

All sides agree the 15th annual event will go on as planned Aug. 19-20. But the museum and the city each said it's up to the other to take the next step.
Meanwhile, Hempfest officials say they need to nail down the details. For example, they have yet to make final how they'll bring in stages, portable toilets and other gear for crowds of 100,000 to 200,000 around the museum's construction zone on Elliott Avenue, Hempfest says. Nor do they know whether fire vehicles will have access to provide any needed first aid.
Hempfest applied for its permit Jan. 3, group organizers said. City laws say such requests should be processed within 60 days, they say. And still, they wait. They filed the suit to shake loose from officials the permit and logistical guidelines. "The principal values of the Constitution's Bill of Rights needed to be preserved over the stubborn will of developers and the lethargic response of government bureaucrats," said Dominic Holden, who is on the board of directors of NORML and the city's marijuana policy reform panel.