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The Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival is the longest running cannabis legalization rally in the nation, and quite possibly the world. The Festival began as a smoke-in at the Wisconsin state capitol rotunda to protest the cannabis related arrests of cannabis legalization activists in the 1970’s. The event grew from there and lead to the establishment of what is known today as the Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival.
The festival started as a collective of volunteers, and in the 80’s started to include live music and the march to the Wisconsin state capitol to rally for cannabis legalization. The event rose in popularity in the 90’s; some of the events in the 90’s were attended by tens of thousands of people! What began as a smoke-in at the Wisconsin state capitol has now become a 501(c)(3) organization.
In the last decade residents of Wisconsin have watched as more and more states began to legalize both medical and recreational cannabis. The goal of the organization, other than the legalization of cannabis, is to advocate for the health and safety of both medical and recreational cannabis users. As a medical cannabis user herself, the chairperson of the organization understands that cannabis consumer advocacy is just as important as cannabis legalization.