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Group wants to bring marijuana-themed HempFest to Las Vegas

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Jordan Stead / SeattlePI.com / AP

Crowds begin to fill the grounds for Hempfest, Seattle’s annual gathering to advocate the decriminalization of marijuana, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Myrtle Edwards Park in Seattle.

Las Vegas already has annual festivals celebrating everything from EDM to Elvis. Now a local business wants to add marijuana to that list.

Dr. Reefer, a Henderson-based group that provides medical marijuana information and recommendations, announced the first annual Las Vegas HempFest will take place Oct. 4 at the Clark County Amphitheater.

Styled after Seattle's own HempFest, organizers tout the festival as "a gathering of the medical marijuana activists and supporters in the movement to legalize marijuana."

The festival, billed as an "all ages" event, will feature a number of musical and comedy acts. Speakers include a number of marijuana legalization activists as well as Nevada gubernatorial candidate David Vanderbeek and Assembly District 13 candidate Christine Kramar.

Tickets are currently going for $35, with vendor booths at $500. They even have a website: lasvegashempfest.com.

Seattle HempFest, which calls itself a "protestival," takes place each August on the Seattle Waterfront and attracts attendees in the hundreds of thousands. It features recreation areas called Ganja Gardens, Hempsterdam, and Cannabis Cove and claims to be the largest gathering of its kind in the world.

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