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Madison Hempfest (Wikipedia)

The Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival is the longest running cannabis rights festival in the United States, held annually in Madison, Wisconsin since 1971.

Jack Herer and Dana Beal at the 1989 festival
The event in 2006

The festival was initiated and organized by Yippie and cannabis activist Ben Masel until his death in 2011.

In 2014, the 44th annual festival was held at Library Mall. The same space was used in 2016.

What would have been the golden anniversary festival in 2020 had to be deferred to 2021. The 2021 festival was co-sponsored between local NORML activist and the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin with many bands and speakers. The 52nd annual event will take place Sunday October 2nd starting at the library mall at HIGH NOON and then heading to on the Wisconsin State Capitol steps at 3:30PM. The Libertarian Party of Dane County is the sole sponsor for the only publicly announced event. International reggae recording artist Sista Sensi and The Buds will entertain for the second year at 4:20PM

Ben Masel at the 2008 festival. Masel initiated the festival in 1971 and oversaw its organization until his death.
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