Working Media

Photo Credit: Anthony P. Lilly
Our volunteer media crew is happy to take inquiries from working journalists about Hempfest, cannabis policy, local politics and more. We can arrange interviews with invited speakers and offer photos of the event. You may reach us at  All media must check-in at the Media Hospitality booth when they arrive. The Media Hospitality booth has some resources available, and is located just east of the Hemposium tent (A15 on the map).

Seattle Hempfest features six stages of world class music and renowned speakers. Hundreds of arts, crafts, food, and political vendors dot the long expanse of both parks. Hempfest has a “Hemposium” replete with panel discussions and presentations, keynote speakers, displays, and workshops. Hempfest requires over 116 volunteer crews. The largest cannabis policy reform event in the world, Seattle Hempfest always happens the third weekend in the month of August. Seattle Hempfest was established in 1991 at Volunteer Park on Capital Hill in Seattle. Hempfest moved to Gasworks Park in 1994, only to switch to its current location, Myrtle Edwards Park, in 1995.

The Seattle Hempfest seeks safe access to medical grade cannabis for qualified patients, the legal domestic production of industrial hemp, and alternatives to incarceration for otherwise responsible adults convicted of marijuana offenses.

Seattle Hempfest advocates that cannabis be regulated like alcohol, adults who responsibly use cannabis not be treated as criminals, and non-violent drug offenders be given treatment rather than incarcerated.

Published media

  • Hempfest Ain’t No Seahawks Game:How a Quarter Million Stoners Kept the Peace                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     SFGate, Sept. 13, 2013
  • Cops Dealing Doritos at Post-Legalization Hempfest                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jamestown Sun, Aug 15, 2013
  • 5 Things I learned from Hempfest                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Leafly, Aug 19, 2013
  • Charles Krauthhammer Wants to Get Hiiiiiiigh                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wonkette, Aug 22, 2013
  • Meet the Cops Who Give Doritos to Stoners                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Salon, Aug 20, 2013
  • Hempfest Doritos Selling for $55 on e-Bay, Stoner Souvenir?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Los Angeles Times, Aug 16, 2013
  • White House News Briefing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (mentions Doritos) Aug 21, 2013
  • Marijuana festival in Seattle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         FOX News, Bill O’Reilly, Aug 19, 2013
  • Seattle Hempfest on Bill O’Reilly                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FOX News, Aug 19, 2013
  • Does Hempfest Matter Anymore?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Stranger Magazine, Aug 22, 2013
  • Hempfest, Giving Pot Peace a Chance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 New York Post, Aug 21, 2013
  • Hey Dude, Want Some Doritos?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Christian Science Monitor, Aug 18, 2013
  • My Seattle Hempfest by Doug McVay                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Celeb Stoner, Aug 19, 2013
  • Seattle Hempfest is Three Day Marijuana Rally                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Huffington Post, Aug 18, 2013
  • At Seattle’s Annual Hempfest Police to Give Out Doritos                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CBS News, Aug 15, 2013
  • Mellow Mood at First Seattle Hempfest Since Legalization                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reuters, Aug 17, 2013
  • Seattle Cops to Hand Out Doritos at Hempfest                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ABC News, Aug 15, 2013
  • Operation Orange Fingers: Seattle Police to Give Away Doritos                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Time Magazine, Aug 15, 2013
  • The Brain Behind Seattle Police’s Social Media on Marijuana                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Forbes, Aug 17, 2013
  • Don’t Inhale Too Deeply, as Seattle Hempfest Kicks Off in Seattle This Weekend                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Associated Press, Aug 16, 2013
  • Clever Seattle Cops Bring Doritos to Hempfest                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            , Aug 16, 2013
  • Seattle Hempfest Narrows Focus to National Legalization                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       King 5 News, August 16, 2013
  • Seattle Hempfest Victory Celebration                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Newsday, Aug 16, 2013
  • Seattle Hempfest Enters New Era                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    KUOW, Aug 15, 2013
  • Cops Take Care of Munchies by Giving Doritos                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 UK Daily Mail, Aug 18, 2013
  • 5 Things to do st Seattle Hempfest                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Business Insider, Aug 16, 2013
  • Police Deal Doritos at Hempfest                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Business Insider, Aug 15, 2013

Partial List of Networks with Worldwide Impact Who Cover Seattle Hempfest

Partial List of National & Local Media coverage


Potential Exposure to future clients for your Sponsorship Dollar

Networks with Worldwide Media Footprint

FOX News Channel (Highest Rated Cable Network)

NBC/MSNBC/CNBC (Second highest rated cable network, over 9.6 mil viewers)

CNN (Third highest rated cable network, Covers Hempfest events regularly)

Reuters (Online 133 mil page views w/21 mil unique visits)

ABC (Over 8.6 mil viewers)

CBS (Over 7.4 mil viewers)

BBC (Over 1.5 mil viewers in America)

USA Today (#1 Newspaper in print, 6.6 mil readers daily with print and online)

NPR (26 mil listeners weekly, 19 mil site visits per month)

UStream TV (Global audience, 10 mil registered users, over 60 mil monthly visits)

The Wall Street Journal (Almost 2.3 mil subscribers weekly)

The Huffington Post (Print and Online over 39 mil views/subscribers)

The NorthWest Cable NEWS (Audience over 3 mil in WA, OR, ID & AK)

You Tube (Over 100k Subscribers on multiple Channels w/over a half mil views)

The Washington Examiner (Circulation 100k to 300k weekly)

Associated Press (Worldwide news agency)

LA Times (almost 1 mil subscribers weekly)

Liberation Magazine & Agence France Presse (Cross country pollination potential)


National Clientele Potential Networks

Seattle (Over 4 million readers each month, 1 mil in Seattle alone)

The New York Times (Circulation Over 2 million)

The Seattle Times (Circulation over 340k)

High Times (Circulation over 175k)


Local Exposure Potential

Northwest Cable News (Local to WA, OR, ID, CA, AK, and MT 2.9 mil viewers)

KOMO TV & Radio (#1 local TV station Prime Time & #1 in TV websites page views)

KING 5 TV (#2 local TV station)

KIRO TV (#1 local morning and late night TV station)

Seattle Weekly (Circulation near 100k)

The Stranger (Circulation near 90k)

Facebook (Over 55k personal contacts)

Culture MAGAZINE (Local Circulation in WA 25K @ 500 locations)

Many Local Radio Stations (Millions of listeners statewide)