Police monitoring 'Cannastock' closely

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The first annual Cannastock Festival is the creation of Arthur VanWinkle, a proponent of the legalization of cannabis.

As the name suggests, the idea is to bring together cannabis awareness with a Woodstock-like musical atmosphere.

Organizers with Kentuckians for Cannabis Reform have turned a private farm in Berea into their stomping grounds for the weekend and Kentucky State Police have taken notice.

Deputies will be monitoring those going in and out of the entrance and setting up checkpoints.

"We're just going to saturate the area with extra units just to show a presence and deter any type of crime," said Sergeant Harvey Baxter.

VanWinkle and his team say they're making festival-goers sign waivers discouraging them from smoking pot on the premises.

"I'm part of security and if I see it, I've gotta say something to them," said Ronald Tackett, a volunteer. "We're not here to cause trouble or to break the law or anything."

Festival organizers expect about 3,000 people in Madison County over the course of the next three days. They say with 17 security guards, they feel they'll have a handle on things.

Sgt. Baxter says they'll be watching around the festival site for signs of any suspicious activity, like vans from out of state.

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