The feel-good article about the vibe at Hempfest missed the major news [“After legalization, Hempfest more celebration than protest,” Local News, Aug. 15]. On Friday, a sitting United States representative, Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., spoke at Hempfest to call for major changes to federal law.
Rep. Rohrabacher, a 26-year veteran in the House and a tea party icon, led the House’s successful vote to let the states decide marijuana policy by changing federal laws that make marijuana a schedule I controlled substance. The Democrat-controlled Senate killed the bill, though many Democrats had joined the tea party caucus in the House to pass it.
The time has come for Democrats and Republicans to turn back federal prohibition. The time has come to get criminals and gangs out of the marijuana trade. When Democrats and Republicans join together to promote personal freedom and change federal law, the big losers will be the gangs who benefit from the illegal marijuana trade.
The message of Hempfest remains the same: End marijuana prohibition. If not now, when?
Fred Diamondstone, Seattle