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MEDIA ADVISORY  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    8/7/17

Contact:  Vivian McPeak (206) 364-4367

E-mail: [email protected]

Seattle HEMPFEST® Partners with HD Analytics for increased Consumer Advocacy

Seattle HEMPFEST* is partnering with HD Analytics to increase consumer advocacy and open/fair/ethical standards to cannabis product testing & labeling!

With some players in the Cannabis Testing Industry have shown to be ethically challenged by the conflicts of interests of a potency-driven market (cf. recent suspension of Peak Analytics, or studies by Dr. Jim MacRae…), HEMPFEST is partnering with the existing, 502 compliant, and fair HD Analytics Laboratory, and working directly with industry watchdogs like Dr. MacRae to ensure fair and open testing which, combined with a customer advocacy campaign, should help restore trustable labeling to the industry, and truly safe products to recreational and medical consumers in Washington state.

“In keeping with HEMPFEST’s community values model, we are expanding our mission to include quality assurance in an effort to protect the best interests of the patient and recreational cannabis community. Safe, quality cannabis and cannabis products are an essential component of the legal recreational and medical markets”, says Cyril Bouanna, Seattle HEMPFEST board member, and project manager.

Please contact us at [email protected] for more information, or to schedule a samples pick-up!”

*Seattle HEMPFEST is scheduled for Friday Noon – 8 PM, Sat, Sun, 10 AM – 8 PM

August 18, 19, 20, Myrtle Edwards Park and Centennial Park, Pier 70

$10 Suggested Donation

The 26th annual Seattle HEMPFEST “protestival” will feature 4 stages of political speech and musical support (featuring roughly 200 guest speakers and musical performances). In addition, HEMPFEST will consist of 350 arts, crafts, food, and informational vendors, a gigantic “circus tent” with panel discussions, and an hour long indigenous tribute to the Standing Rock struggle at the Main Stage on Saturday.                       

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MEDIA ADVISORY  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  8/7/17

Contact:  Vivian McPeak (206) 364-4367

E-mail: [email protected]

Seattle HEMPFEST®

Friday Noon – 8 PM,  Sat, Sun, 10 AM – 8 PM

August 18, 19, 20, Myrtle Edwards Park and Centennial Park, Pier 70

$10 Suggested Donation

The 26th annual Seattle HEMPFEST “protestival” will feature 4 stages of political speech and musical support (featuring roughly 200 guest speakers and musical performances). In addition, HEMPFEST will consist of 350 arts, crafts, food, and informational vendors, a gigantic “circus tent” with panel discussions, and an hour long indigenous tribute to the Standing Rock struggle at the Main Stage on Saturday.

“Recent saber rattling by the Trump administration reveals how fragile the legal regulatory systems are in the 8 states that have “legalized” cannabis. Events like Seattle HEMPFEST are essential in the continued struggle to defeat federal prohibition. Polling indicates the vast majority of Americans understand prohibition is failed policy”, says Vivian McPeak, HEMPFEST executive director. “Cannabis should be a legal commodity generating revenue, jobs, and taxes,” adds McPeak.

In addition to being the largest annual free speech event in America, and the world’s largest cannabis reform event, Seattle HEMPFEST has many components that qualify it as the most socially responsible cannabis reform event, including, but not limited to:

  • renting extra AED (heart defibrillators) because of the length of our event
  • registering almost 10,000 attendees to vote during the event
  • proactively working with Seattle Animal Shelter on protecting pets and messaging to pet owners
  • proactively contacting Fish and Wildlife asking them to close the Pier in centennial Park during Hempfest for environmental reasons
  • responsible messaging from our stages (for 25 years) reinforcing our sincere respect for all first responders (including LEOs)
  • Spending 2 months annually in an effort to track down the owners of our extensive lost and found items
  • Instituting a Code Adam lost child protocol and training to respond effectively in the case of a missing child at the event
  • Operating an ecology crew is a (both paid and volunteer) refuse management operation that works almost non-stop within the event to handle the large load of trash the event generates; sorting for recycle, compost, or landfill, and routinely processing an average of around 500 cubic yards of trash. Hempfest leaves the parks spotless, and even picks up thousands of cigarette butts
  • In 2014 Hempfest worked with a University of Washington professor to develop an economic impact study that revealed that Seattle HEMPFEST festival patrons spent approximately $7.1 million in King County in relation to their visits to the festival. Volunteers and musicians were estimated to have spent $0.226 million in relation to their participation in the festival in King County, while Seattle HEMPFEST Festival exhibitors and food vendors are estimated to have had expenses of $1.8 million in relation to participation in the festival in King County. In addition, Seattle HEMPFEST Festival organizers incurred costs of $0.924 million, of which $0.744 million were made in King County (Full study found on tab at https://www.hempfest.org/festival/media/
  • Aggressively enforcing a no illegal sales policy with our trained, volunteer Safety Patrol (our internal security force).

Seattle HEMPFEST Platform:

  • De-Schedule: Cannabis completely off the Federal Schedule / Controlled Substances Act

Removal of Cannabis from all binding treaties

  • Release of all non-violent cannabis offenders nationally
  • Reparations in the form of expunction of all records relating to convictions for cannabis possession.
  • Parental rights / protections for cannabis users
  • Second Amendment equality protections for cannabis users
  • Merit based licensing for pot stores (or remove caps on the number of stores to allow a supply and demand based market model)
  • Legal home-grows
  • Legal school medicating for minor patients
  • Workplace protections / job discrimination
  • Reasonable regulations for concentrates
  • Restricting pesticides/herbicides/fungicides (organic production standards)
  • 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 examined
  • Public consumption lounges allowed
  • First Amendment equality in advertising, sponsorship, and promotion for cannabis related businesses
  • Consumption protections for patients in public housing
  • Legal domestic industrial hemp production
  • Tenant /Renter consumption protections
  • Use in hospitals
  • Equality protections for transplant patients
  • Nutritional, sugar-free medical-marijuana “medible” alternatives

Past guest speakers at Seattle HEMPFEST have included actor Woody Harrelson, Travel Guru Rick Steves, Seattle musician/author Krist Novoselic, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrbacher, former US Congressman Dennis Kucinich, former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel, Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (as a candidate), former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle City Atty Pete Holmes, State Rep. Roger Goodman, State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (currently King County Council member), former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, Seattle Police Department Spokesman Sean Whitcomb, poet and community activist Nate Howard, former Dallas Cowboys center Mark Stepnoski, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition founder Jack Cole, former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, former Libertarian vice presidential nominee Judge Mike Gray, etc.

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NEWS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4/5/17 

Contact: Vivian McPeak (206) 364-4367

The Seattle HEMPFEST® announces its affiliate event…

The Las Vegas 420 Masquerade

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 4:20 pm – 1:30 am

The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Ave., Las Vegas, Nev., 98104

For sponsor, performer, vending, or volunteer opportunities text: (702) 412-9609

Celebrating the 420-theme with a (18+/21+) costume party (costumes optional) that brings the Las Vegas cannabis-friendly community together in a fun-filled music festival at the ARTS FACTORY, with multiple music stages featuring world-class music performers & an all-star cast of entertainers/performers/impersonators & reform activism opportunities.

The Las Vegas 420 Masquerade is a licensed affiliate of the Seattle HEMPFEST.

The Seattle HEMPFEST Est. 1991, is the largest annual cannabis related event, drawing an annual attendance of over 100,000. The Seattle HEMPFEST owns a federal copyright on the term HEMPFEST, and had contracted with a brand new partner to continue to bring HEMPFEST events to the region and increase brand awareness and reach.

“We are excited to be working with the Las Vegas 420 Masquerade”, says Vivian McPeak, the executive director of Seattle’s flagship cannabis culture event. “As reform efforts move to address the injustices of cannabis prohibition, public events are essential in demystifying the herb and helping this new emerging industry to coalesce,” continued McPeak.

Other HEMPFEST licensed events are still taking place, including the Boise HEMPFEST (April 15), the PDX Hempfest Expo, (June 10) the Oregon HEMPFEST (June 23,24,25 Roseburg, Oregon) and Alaska HEMPFEST (June 23, 24, 25, Houston, Alaska), among others.

For information about the Seattle HEMPFEST, HEMPFEST licensing, and other events, go to: http://www.hempfest.org/festival/licensed-events/

The Seattle HEMPFEST is produced by Seattle Events a Non-Profit Corporation, a federal non-profit organization, and the event utilizes as many as 1,000 volunteers annually, and costs $750,000 to produce. Info on the 2017 platform, event history, economic impact study, published media, and community values distinctions can be found at: https://www.hempfest.org/festival/media/

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NEWS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   

Website: hempfest.org

Contact:  Vivian McPeak (206) 364-4367

Seattle HEMPFEST and the former Oregon Hemp Convention have joined forces to produce PDX HEMPFEST Expo in franchise agreement

Sat, June 10, 20178:00 am – 8:00 pm Portland Expo Center 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland, OR 97217

Seattle HEMPFEST and the PDX HEMPFEST Expo have joined forces in an effort to advance the public profile of the cannabis industry.

The Seattle HEMPFEST Est. 1991 is the largest annual cannabis related event, drawing an annual attendance of over 100,000. The Seattle HEMPFEST owns a federal copyright on the term HEMPFEST, and operates a licensing program to broaden reform messaging and mutually increase brand awareness and reach. A license has been secured by the PDX HEMPFEST Expo and both organizations are excited about the new alliance.

“We are thrilled to partner with our Portland family as we continue to define the Pacific Northwest as a regional leader in the burgeoning cannabis industry,” says Vivian McPeak, Seattle HEMPFEST’s executive director. “Cannabis is not the gateway to hard drugs like we’ve been told, but it can be a gateway to economic recovery and sustainability. The proof will be on full display at the PDX HEMPFEST Expo,” he continued.

A full day of educational presentations will be taking place at the PDX HEMPFEST Expo, set during the nationwide Hemp History Week, featuring industry leaders to discuss the various aspects of the rapidly changing cannabis business landscape. Expo speaker topics will include cannabis law, security, human resources, insurance and banking, extraction, edible manufacturing, growing outdoors, grow mediums and nutrients, topicals, an investors pitch deck forum, labs, CBD’s, packaging, Oregon seed to sale tracking, a hemp panel, an Oregon State Advisory Rules Committee Q & A, new industry developments and how to get in on the Cannabis Green Rush.

This indoor Expo / Convention model extends the HEMPFEST brand of events beyond the usual outdoor music Festivals like Oregon HEMPFEST (formerly Umpqua Valley HEMPFEST) 2 weeks later on June 23-24-25, or Boise Idaho HEMPFEST (4/15/17), Houston Alaska HEMPFEST, (June 23, 24, 25), the Austin Texas HEMPFEST(October of 2017), among others.

For information about the Seattle HEMPFEST, HEMPFEST licensing, and other events, go to: http://www.hempfest.org/festival/licensed-events/

The Seattle HEMPFEST is produced by Seattle Events a Non-Profit Corporation, a federal non-profit organization, and the event utilizes as many as 1,000 volunteers annually, and costs $750,000 to produce. Info on the 2017 platform, event history, economic impact study, published media, and community values distinctions can be found at: https://www.hempfest.org/festival                                                                                                                                                                                            

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NEWS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    

Website: hempfest.org

Contact:  Vivian McPeak (206) 364-4367

Seattle HEMPFEST and Las Vegas Hemp Festival End Franchise agreement

After a three year licensing partnership, the Seattle HEMPFEST® and the Las Vegas Hemp Festival have come to a mutual agreement to terminate the Las Vegas HEMPFEST co-branding.

The Seattle HEMPFEST Est. 1991, is the largest annual cannabis related event, drawing an annual attendance of over 100,000. The Seattle HEMPFEST owns a federal copyright on the term HEMPFEST, and had contracted with the Las Vegas HEMPFEST to use the name in a licensing agreement in an effort to increase brand awareness and reach. After a three year run both organizations have mutually agreed to part ways, with the Las Vegas HEMPFEST assuming a different event name of Las Vegas Hemp Festival

“We wish the Vegas event much success, and we support all responsible cannabis reform events and social gatherings”, says Vivian McPeak, the executive director of Seattle’s flagship cannabis culture event. “The two organizations have a differing vision of what a traditional “Hempfest” event should be, so we have amicably dissolved the licensing relationship to allow Las Vegas event to follow its vision unhindered by the contractual agreements,” continued McPeak.

Other HEMPFEST licensed events are still taking place, including the Boise HEMPFEST (4/15/17), the Oregon HEMPFEST (June 23,24,25, Roseburg, Oregon), Alaska HEMPFEST (June 23, 24, 25 Houston, AK), the Austin HEMPFEST (October of 2017), among others.

For information about the Seattle HEMPFEST, HEMPFEST licensing, and other events, go to: http://www.hempfest.org/festival/licensed-events/

The Seattle HEMPFEST is one of the most socially responsible cannabis related events in the world. The Seattle HEMPFEST licensing model includes what the organization considers “community values” components, which include:

Voter registration (Our Voter Reg Crew has registered over 5,000 Washingtonians to vote since 2004). Responsible Messaging that targets policies not personalities, and refrains from personal attacks against anyone. As well as Lost and Found, First Aid services, Water availability, ADA access, neighborhood stakeholder outreach and diplomacy, extensive sanitation and clean-up efforts, an internal trained Safety Patrol, and positive relations with local law enforcement.

The Seattle HEMPFEST is produced by Seattle Events a Non-Profit Corporation, a federal non-profit organization, and the event utilizes as many as 1,000 volunteers annually, and costs $750,000 to produce. Info on the 2017 platform, event history, economic impact study, published media, and community values distinctions can be found at: https://www.hempfest.org/festival/media/

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NEWS ADVISORY                      Contact: Vivian McPeak (206) 295-7258 or (206) 364-HEMP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          E-mail: [email protected]

July 31, 2015

The World’s Largest Pot festival says “Set the truth free, we need Cannabis Science, Now!”

SEATTLE, WA — The world’s largest “protestival,” Seattle Hempfest, is calling for the government to remove all legal barriers to scientific study of the cannabis plant, citing various ways that humanity is harmed by the lost potential that medical marijuana and industrial hemp could offer if research and development were allowed.

“It is time for the DEA or Congress to de-schedule cannabis entirely, just like alcohol and tobacco, both of which are known killers. Treat cannabis like other botanical medicines by allowing the scientific community to examine the cannabis plant in every way possible,” says McPeak, Hempfest’s executive director.

“Scientific prohibition has likely cost many lives, as well as quality of life, by thwarting scientific advancement on several fronts,” McPeak continues.

Over 100,000 people are expected to attend the three-day, waterfront legalization rally in one of the first two states to legalize. The 24th annual Hempfest hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14th, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15th and 16th. The free public spans 1.5 miles and three waterfront parks.

Hempfest features six stages of speakers and music, 400 arts, crafts, food and informational vendors, and remains the most sophisticated marijuana reform rally in the world. Seattle Hempfest features a broad selection of the nation’s leading reform activists as well as authors, politicians, and medical marijuana patients. In past years, Seattle’s current and past Mayor, the president of its city council, its city attorney, a former police chief, a state representative, a state senator, and a former and current U.S. Congressman have participated as guest speakers, which no other reform event has achieved.

Seattle Hempfest recently received international notoriety when the Seattle Police handed out Doritos with a message at the 2013 Hempfest.

Attendees are encouraged to use the new entrance at the Thomas Street Footbridge, found at 3rd Avenue W., between Harrison Street and W. Thomas Street. Pets are not allowed, and organizers ask that attendees not leave pets in their vehicles. Other restricted items include alcohol, narcotics, weapons, fireworks, spray paint, & hand held propane tanks. There is no camping allowed. Attendees are asked not to leave pets in their car.

Additional attendee information, including info on lodging, can be found at hempfest.org/festival/attendees/

 


 

NEWS ADVISORY                    Contact: Vivian McPeak (206) 295-7258 or (206) 364-HEMP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        E-mail: [email protected]

Aug. 1, 2014

Seattle Hempfest 2014 Kicks Off 23rd ‘Protestival’

SEATTLE – The world’s largest “protestival,” Seattle Hempfest, is calling for an end to marijuana’s designation as a federal Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the three-day, waterfront legalization rally just weeks after the first retail stores have opened in the Evergreen State. The 23rd annual Hempfest hours are noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 15, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 16-17. The admission-free fest spans nearly 1.5 miles and three waterfront parks — Olympic Sculpture, Myrtle Edwards, and Centennial parks. While there is no charge to attend, Hempfest asks for a $10 suggested donation to help pay for the more than $850,000 public event.
“Prohibition has been a catastrophic failure,” says Hempfest Executive Director Vivian McPeak. “If the purpose of prohibition has been to prevent Americans from using pot, then it has been a complete waste of taxpayer dollars. A proven harm reduction approach is the only rational alternative to the counter-productive scorched earth, Orwellian crusade the government has been waging against its own citizens for nearly a century. Prohibition failed with alcohol, and it has failed with marijuana as well.”
Hempfest features six stages of speakers and music, 400 arts, crafts, food and informational vendors, and is the most sophisticated marijuana reform rally in the world. In its 23nd year, Seattle Hempfest features a broad selection of the nation’s leading reform activists. In past years, Seattle’s mayor, the president of its city council, its city attorney, a former police chief, a state representative, a state senator, and U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich have spoken for reform from its main stage, which boasts huge pot leaves suspended high in the air. Expected to speak this year is U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA 48th District).
“I believe that more marijuana has been consumed both at one time, and consecutively, at Hempfest in Myrtle Edwards Park over the last 19 years than any other place in the world, making it the stoniest place on Earth,” says McPeak.
“However, the city has expressed concerns that we at Hempfest share about underage exposure to marijuana smoking, and this year we are erecting two 21-and-over ‘lounges.’ We’re asking adults to limit partaking to those areas. This is consistent with our theme of ‘Time, Place, and Manner,’ as there are new questions about the appropriate response to a post-legalization environment at public events like Hempfest,” adds McPeak.
Attendees are encouraged to use the new entrance at the West Thomas Street Footbridge, found at 3rd Avenue W., between Harrison Street and W. Thomas Street. For more information, go to www.hempfest.org/festival/attendees/.

Those wishing to avoid the large crowds can watch Hempfest’s livestream from home. For more information, go to hempfest.org/interact/live-streams/.