PORTLAND – The city of Portland has shut down a long-running marijuana festival because people have been smoking pot there.
Portland Parks & Recreation denied a festival permit to the marijuana festival Hempstalk for 2014, citing its past violations, which include allegations that festival goers and staff used and sold marijuana at the event.
Hempstalk had applied for a permit to hold its 2014 event at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Mark Ross with PPR stated Tuesday that a police report on Hempstalk’s 2013 event ”detailed numerous concerns about the event, concluding that Hempstalk organizers did not adhere to conditions outlined in their 2013 permit.”
Ross said the city was concerned about numerous issues including illegal alcohol and drug use and drug sales by minors, event staff and vendors, had been observed.
Ross also said that PPR was also concerned about parking, garbage management, security and illegal camping.
“The festival has grown significantly since it began,” Ross said. ”With that growth, the Hempstalk organization's ability to manage the festival has not grown.”
Voters in Washington State and Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2013.