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The 11th annual Hempstalk Festival returns to downtown Portland

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After a battle to receive a permit this year, the 11th annual Hempstalk Festival returned to downtown Portland this weekend.

The Hempstalk festival advocates decriminalization of marijuana. For the first time in event history, recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon.

However, attendees are not supposed to smoke during the event.

Attendees and organizers are still trying to change the public’s perception of marijuana, and promote industrial uses for hemp.

The event almost did not happen this year, because the city of Portland denied a permit at first after police and the parks department complained that organizers did not do enough to control drug use.

Organizers of the festival say they just want to follow the rules.

After the permit was granted this summer, organizers only had around 5 weeks to plan for the event.

While some marijuana use could be spotted along the waterfront, organizers said they are doing their best to comply with the rules.

The crowds were much smaller than when the event was held at Kelly Point Park, but organizers were happy to see more people here than last year.

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