As Whole Earth Festival, Davis’s air quality worsens each day, and it’s not because of pollution, climate change or even fracking. It’s the sweet, skunky fumes of marijuana. With legalization in full swing, this year’s Whole Earth Festival is going to be danker than ever.
Hippies continue to flock from all corners of the country (mostly San Francisco) in preparation for Whole Earth Festival. With them the hippies bring good vibes, small drums, and, of course, marijuana. Each day, Davis becomes engrossed in a thicker single cloud of smoke, and it’s got residents feeling optimistically worry-free, and pretty hungry.
“The week right before Whole Earth is always the worst,” complained senior Geoffrey Faith, president of his very own Christian Friendship Club. “I can barely breath without feeling sin enter my body. Jesus won’t forgive this.”
Other students feel less passionately. Junior Amanda Jacobs said, “Sure the smoke is annoying, mostly because everyone’s been crashing their bikes trying to see through it, but who cares — pot’s legal now anyways.”
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Many students embrace the Whole Earth tradition and join the hippies every year.
“Yes! There are clouds of smoke! But, there are already clouds in the sky! And in your soul! Maybe we should think more about our own storms from within,” said Sequoia Leeder, a Whole Earth regular, before dancing away with a smile on her face.
Blaze, a hippie from San Francisco who has “no given last name,” explained he often returns to the festival because “it always feels like a home away from home.” He then returned to leading a lively, smoke-filled dance circle in the quad, with several members moaning about how we can all learn to love more.
After this weekend, the cloud of smoke is expected to dissipate and students can return to their normal lives without getting second-hand high. Until then, students are split between embracing their new hippie lives and staying in doors with face masks and goggles. Either way, everyone seems pretty chill about it.
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