The World’s Largest Marijuana Event, the Seattle HEMPFEST®, Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Myrtle Edwards Park/Centennial Park – Aug. 19, 20, 21, 2016
Friday, Noon – 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Free to attend, $10 suggested donation.

Seattle, WA – The world’s largest marijuana related event celebrates its 25th anniversary on the downtown Seattle waterfront this August, Organizers call Seattle HEMPFEST a “protestival.”

“While the reform movement has made great advancements, there is still a lot of work to do before the cannabis community has equality. Seattle HEMPFEST is fighting for legal home grows for adults, medical access for qualified patients, and reasonable tax laws for cannabis businesses,” – Vivian McPeak, Seattle HEMPFEST’s Executive Director

As the Seattle HEMPFEST meets its 25-year milestone, as the world’s largest pot rally, it remains a one-of-a-kind flagship event for the cannabis liberation movement. Featuring 120 guest speakers and 120 musical acts on its six stages, Seattle HEMPFEST boasts more than 400 arts, crafts, food, and informational vendors. The annual event is staffed by more than 1,000 volunteers who work the 1.5 mile expanse with 118 crews.

“More people have attended and participated in the Seattle HEMPFEST than any other cannabis event in the world,” says Vivian McPeak, Seattle HEMPFEST’s executive director. “People laughed at us when we started in 1991, telling us that pot would always be illegal. Those people are not laughing today.

“While the reform movement has made great advancements, there is still a lot of work to do before the cannabis community has equality. Seattle HEMPFEST is fighting for legal home grows for adults, medical access for qualified patients, and reasonable tax laws for cannabis businesses,” says McPeak.

The Seattle HEMPFEST 25-point Platform Agenda:

  • DeSchedule: Cannabis completely off the Federal Schedule / Controlled Substances Act
  • Merit based licensing of pot shops
  • Parental rights for cannabis users
  • Legal home-grows
  • Legal school medicating for minor patients
  • Workplace protections / job discrimination
  • Reasonable regulations for concentrates
  • Restricting pesticides/herbicides/fungicides (organic production standards)
  • Second Amendment equality protections for cannabis users
  • Driving impairment technology (impairment based field test)
  • Fair, reasonable zoning for cannabis businesses
  • Tax/banking reform (end 280E restrictions)
  • Reasonable smell regulations for production facilities and elsewhere
  • Environmental impact of throw away packaging
  • Public consumption lounges
  • First Amendment equality in advertising, sponsorship, and promotion for cannabis related businesses
  • Consumption protections for patients in public housing
  • Release of all non-violent cannabis offenders
  • Removal of Cannabis from all binding treaties

A 2014 economic impact study estimates that Seattle HEMPFEST generates $7 million in revenue for the region, supporting more than 100 jobs.

There is a Seattle HEMPFEST GoFundMe campaign sponsored by DOPE Magazine at: http://www.gofundme.com/keephempfestalive

Information on sponsorships, memberships, vending, or volunteering can be found at hempfest.org

About the HEMPFEST®

The Seattle HEMPFEST® protestival is founded in the belief that the public is better served when citizens and public officials work cooperatively in order to successfully accomplish common goals.

Their mission is to educate the public on the myriad applications of the cannabis plant, the laws about its use, efforts for reform, and conducting business in the new legal environment.

Click here for more information.

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