Hempfest Lights Up Las Vegas

Hosted by Tommy Chong, the Las Vegas Hempfest took place on Sat., Oct. 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The musical lineup included Kottonmouth Kings, Israel Vibration, Marlon Asher and Afroman.

Sublime tribut band performs "Smoke 2 Joints" at Las Vegas Hempfest on Oct. 3.

While the outdoor expo and musical performances smoked up the parking lot, an educational program produced by Freedom Leaf was housed in North Hall. The speakers included NORML's Keith Stroup, Freedom Leaf's Richard Cowan, the Silver Tour's Robert Platshorn, Viridian Cannabis Advisors' Michael Swartz, Berkeley Patients Group's Victor Pinho, CelebStoner's Steve Bloom and Mary Jane author Cheri Sicard. Billy Hayes, who wrote MIdnight Express, made a special surpsie appearance towards the end of the program, which lasted from 11:30 am to 8 pm.

CelebStoner publisher backstage with Afroman at Las Vegas Hempfest. (Photo by Victor Pinho)

In addition to bands and speakers, Hempfest featured product booths, amusement rides and several food trucks.

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of CelebStoner.com, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.