Hempfest 2011 in full swing

On a warm Saturday afternoon, the 1st Annual Sacramento Hemp Festival continued its second day of the 3 day event.

They were lined up when the gates opened at 11, and the line grew after the first hour, and stayed pretty steady throughout the day. Early estimates put attendance at around 3 – 4,000 with a few hours to go.

The event is being held at the Rio Ramaza Marina RV & Event Park and is billed as a way to promote awareness and to educate on the purposes and benefits of cannabis.

And for the person who may or may not currently have a medical card, but who needs more information, this is the place to go. Dispensaries such as 1 Love Wellness, not only were there to promote their own business, but also to help educate about ways medical cannabis could help each individual.

There is also an assortment of food vendors that can cater to a variety of taste. Other vendors included the Healing Arts Institute, which was offering free chair massages, Nicole with Passion Parties, and promoting the official cannabis strain registry, among others.

There is also a special section, 215, that is only open to current medical card holders. Here you are allowed to medicate as needed and visit other vendors which included dispensaries, paraphernalia for sale, as well as vendors to help you cultivate your own supply.

A list of entertainment was scheduled through the day as well as Sunday. Performers such as Ms. Lacy from Vallejo and Fiva in the Funk House had the crowd up and moving.

One of the most popular places was 420 Relief, who was there to assist qualified individuals with getting medical marijuana cards. By late afternoon, they had help secure over 200 new cannabis cards for patients.

Some information booths had a political tone, such as the one promoting the California Cannabis Hemp & Health Initiative 2012. Also in attendance was Jeremy Schafer, son of Dr. Mollie Fry and Attorney Dale C. Schafer. Their story and more information can be found at

For more information and to learn about the event, please check out the 1st Annual Sacramento Hemp Festival.