Pubdate: Sat, 29 May 2010
Source: Red Bluff Daily News (CA)
Copyright: 2010 Red Bluff Daily News
Author: Geoff Johnson


A triumphant Steve Hager, High Times Magazine creative  director,
yelled, Let there be rock!, launching his  jean jacket-clad arms into
the air as he overlooked  some 500 people below, not nearly enough to
fill the  acres stretching out before him.

It was 3 p.m. Friday, and the music was playing at the  World Hemp
Expo Extravaganja 2010. Across the center  stage were banners for
Corning's Tehama Herbal  Collective, Redding's River Valley Collective
and a  Reelect Sheriff Clay Parker sign.

Asked about the latter, Event Organizer Donna Will said  the sign was
there because of Parker's promise to  enforce the county's new,
complaintdriven medical  marijuana ordinance personally, applying
individual  solutions and only acting when someone complains about  a
marijuana garden that violates the county's policies.

Will's endorsement comes after months of clashing with  county
officials over the marijuana ordinance and  tensions over WHEE 2010.
Her quest changed a  40-year-old county festival ordinance and irked
neighbors who, suspicious of both the crowds and  marijuana itself,
phoned both the Planning Director and  the Sheriff.

Will and Hager, undeterred, promised a peaceful  festival with or
without the county's approval, and  were eventually granted a permit.

Parker said there had been complaints of stealing  inside the event
and one person who arrived very  intoxicated on harder drugs as of
Friday evening.

All three individuals were removed  quickly from the event. Some
issues with illegal  parking were resolved earlier in the day.

As expected, bongs, joints and pipes were lit and  passed around. In
the afternoon, most were in vendor  tents and out of sight, but
marijuana smoking was more  widespread in the early evening.

Numerous collectives and dispensaries set up shop to  sell merchandise
and, though they were prohibited from  selling THC or marijuana
products, still set up display  cases to show off what they had for
Prop. 215 patients.

One collective displayed sodas and lollipops made with  hemp and THC
extract, though representatives said they  offered only T-shirts for

Another vendor, Forest Kuntz, an Olympia, Wash.  resident with what he
described as a new way to smoke,  pitched what he called a
self-contained knife hit kit,  which uses a long, glass tube the size
and shape of  wide straw, and a glass pole of the same length with an
orb at the end.

By placing the product, or substance to be smoked, at  the end of the
tube and heating the orb, the user can  smoke just a little bit of
substance at a time, Kuntz  said.

Other products pushed in the opposite direction one  vendor lacked a
name or title, but trusted an  interconnected, three-piece five-foot
bong to do the  advertising for him.

Among the non-hemp themed booths was Red Bluff's own  Jack the Ribber,
owned and operated by City Councilman  Jim Byrne.

Assistant Manager and head cook Tyler Miller said he  had to talk
Byrne, who is opposed to medical marijuana,  into allowing him to set
up the booth.

I've been here 15 minutes and sold three racks, Miller

Combined, that made for a $60 sale, he said.

One of his customers was Richard Stapler, a 73-  year-old Millville

Stapler, a Prop. 215 patient who uses cannabis  tinctures to soothe
aches and pains, said the event was  not only peaceful and pleasant,
but could serve as a  teaching tool for people who expected a
turbulent,  chaotic party.

He said he invited his county representatives on the  Board of
Supervisors in Shasta County to come and join  the event.

WHEE 2010 runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and on11  a.m. to sunset
Sunday at 22116 Riverside Ave. off of  Highway 99W, just south of Red

Entry is $5 and camping $10, though entry fees may be  waived in
exchange for volunteer work.

More information is available at 
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