Plans for last weekend’s 4/20 festival went up in smoke due to bad weather conditions.
The Hemp Awareness Day Festival scheduled for Friday evening in Anisq’ Oyo’ Park was cancelled due to rain. Hempwise owner and festival coordinator Al Espino said he was disappointed by the turn of events.
“We didn’t think the rain was going to stop, so we had to cancel the event,” Espino said. “The sound guy really couldn’t do his thing because of the rain. But we hope to set a date to reschedule the event in the very near future.”
The festival was scheduled to feature bands, performers, vendors and speakers dedicated to educating the public about the uses of hemp, Espino said.
“Cannabis will save this planet one day, and we should all pay our respects to it,” he said. “Everyday is Earth Day, and everyday is 4/20, so we’re going to try again as soon as we can.”
Although disappointed by the festival’s cancellation, undeclared sophomore Marsel Saeedi said he would attend a rescheduled event.
“It really sucked because I was looking forward to going to this once-a-year event,” Saeedi said. “But it doesn’t really matter when they have it, because I think people would go anyway.”
Junior political science major Jose Gastelum said he would also attend the event if it were rescheduled.
“I didn’t even know about it the first time, but I would go if they are still going to have it,” he said. “It’s a really good way to get the word out that cannabis should be decriminalized.”