Slideshow: Idaho HOPE Fest Promotes Cannabis Education

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There was plenty of green grass at the second annual Idaho Hemp Offers People Everything Fest in Ann Morrison Park Sept. 30.

"We are here to promote education of the cannabis plant," said Lindsey Rinehart, an organizer for the event.

Several dozen people attended the event sponsored by the Idaho chapter of Moms for Marijuana and Idaho NORML, which seeks to "advocate for the end of the federal government's war on cannabis consumers and promote the re-legalization of industrial hemp," according to its website.

The event featured various live entertainers, vendors and informational speakers who spoke on the history, politics and culture of cannabis. Signatures were collected for the Compassionate Idaho Citizens Initiative, which strives to legalize medicinal marijuana.

Rinehart made it clear that the event was not intended to be a party or a place for people to openly smoke marijuana.

"They would be asked by our security to put it out immediately, because that would take away from our message," she said.

Click here for a photo slideshow of the event.

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