Working Media

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Our volunteer media crew is happy to take inquiries from working journalists about the Seattle HEMPFEST™ Protestival event, cannabis policy, local politics and more. We can arrange interviews with invited speakers and offer photos of the event. You may reach us at  On-site media is requested to 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).

The Seattle HEMPFEST™ Protestival 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. The Seattle HEMPFEST™ event has a “Hemposium” replete with panel discussions and presentations, keynote speakers, displays, and workshops. HEMPFEST™ Protestival requires over 116 volunteer crews. The largest cannabis policy reform event in the world, the HEMPFEST™ Protestival always happens the third weekend in the month of August. The Seattle HEMPFEST™ was established in 1991 at Volunteer Park on Capital Hill in Seattle. Seattle HEMPFEST™ moved to Gasworks Park in 1994, only to switch to its current location, Myrtle Edwards Park, in 1995.

The Seattle HEMPFEST™ organization 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.

The Seattle HEMPFEST™ organization 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.

Past Media Coverage of Seattle Hempfests

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)

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

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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

Those wishing to avoid the large crowds can watch Hempfest’s livestream from home. For more information, go to