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.

Past Media Coverage of Seattle Hempfests

  • 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
  • Doritis for Potheads? The Police They Are a Changin’ 
    MSN News, Aug Sept 10, 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 (Hempfest) 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
  • Smoking Up at Seattle’s Hempfest
  • CBS News, 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
  • High Expectations as Medi-Swipe receives 10,000 Unit Purchase Order at Hempfest                                                                                                                                                                                                         Bloomberg, Aug, 2013
  • Police Cure Munchies at Hempfest in Seattle
  • FOX News, Aug 15, 2013
  • I Saw the Future of Pot at Seattle Hempfest
  • Vice, 2013
  • Seattle Kicks Off Pot Festival
  • USA Today, Aug 15, 2013
  • What makes Hempfest So Special? 
  • Steve Hager, Aug 22, 2013
  • Police Move From Undercover Busts To Serving The People At Seattle Hempfest
  • Popular Resistance, Aug 22, 2013
  • Q & A With New Drug Czar
  • Wall Street Journal, May 14,2009
  • A Humble Gathering of Responsible Stoners
  • Seattle City Insights Examiner, May 14, 2009
  • Hempfest ’08: One of the America’s Biggest All-Volunteer Events
  • Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Dir — September 2nd, 2008
  • World’s Largest Pot Rally Rolls in Town, Police Not Worried
  • Seattle P.I. Blog — Aug 15, 2008
  • Change Agent
  • Real Change News — June 13, 2007
  • Hempfest claims victory in SAM sculpture-park dispute
  • Seattle Blog, May 29, 2007
  • Statues of limitations
  • SLOG, The Stranger, May 28, 2007
  • SAM and Hempfest wrestle over who runs the waterfront
  • Seattle Weekly, May 16, 2007
  • Seattle Hempfest – 2006 lessons / 2007 challenges
  • Seattle Public Safety – Governmental Relationships & Arts, April 3, 2007
  • Hempfest Director Vivian McPeak in the “Unvarnished Truth” video
  • Seattle Hempfest, August 11, 2006
  • The Commentators John Carlson and Ken Schram interview Hempfest Director Vivian McPeak
  • KOMO Radio, July 2006
  • Hempfest fans rockin’ the joint
  • Seattle Times, August 25, 2005
  • Thousands of pot lovers defiantly light-up at US hemp festival
  • Agence France Presse, August 25, 2005
  • Hempfest goes out on high note
  • Philip Dawdy, Seattle, August 25, 2005
  • Annual Hempfest ‘protestival’ focuses on educating the masses
  • Russ Zabel, Seattle, August 25, 2005
  • Seattle could learn from a city up north
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 22, 2005
  • In the Northwest: Of elder statesmen, food aficionados and hemp
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 27, 2004
  • Festival celebrates hemp, also stirs political pot
  • Seattle Times, August 22, 2004
  • Pro-pot initiative gets political push at high-flying Hempfest
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 18, 2003
  • Political Aroma Detected at Hempfest
  • Seattle Times, August 18, 2003 (
  • Home Grown; Nine years ago a high-school dropout and daily pot smoker attended his first Hempfest.
  • The Stranger, Aug 14, 2003
  • Mellow folks at Hempfest don’t seem like a threat to the fiber of our society
  • Seattle Times, August 20, 2002 (
  • Hempfest pushes fall ballot measure
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 19, 2002
  • Hempfest crowd rallies for pot-policy reform
  • Seattle Times, August 19, 2002 (
  • Thousands attend Hempfest in Seattle
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 17, 2002 (
  • Marijuana backers pack park in Seattle
  • Seattle Times, August 18, 2002 (


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