The leaves have turned, the air is crisp and the animals are stocking up. That's right, it's time once again for Hemp Fest. The 24th annual celebration of the wild and the weedy runs Friday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Mateel Community Center. Has it been 24 years? Well, how's your memory?
On Friday, enter laughing with an evening of comedy starting at 8:30 p.m. with pot-centric funny man Ngaio Bealum, as well as Cory Robinson and D. J. Mervin ($15). Come back Saturday at noon for food, vendors and a fat musical lineup ($20). SambaDá, Magic Bronson, Yogoman Burning Band, PapaFish, Berel Alexander, Little Kidd Lost, 454, Seed 707 and Round Valley Dancers all light it up on stage until midnight.
The forum on Sunday begins at 2 p.m. and features panels covering cannabis ordinances and more from those in the know, like representatives California Cannabis Voice, the Emerald Growers Association, the Mendocino Cannabis Policy Council and the California Cannabis Industry Association (free). The event closes with more entertainment at 8 p.m. from the Pure Schmint Players, Resin from the Dead and the SoHum Girls ($15). Try to remember where you parked.
— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill