PRESS RELEASE: August 15, 2016
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.
The world’s largest marijuana related event celebrates its 25th anniversary on the downtown Seattle waterfront this August, Organizers call Seattle HEMPFEST a “protestival.”
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 is listed at the link above. A 2014 economic impact study (also posted at the link above) estimates that Seattle HEMPFEST generates $7 million in revenue for the region, supporting more than 100 jobs.
2015’s rain was very hard on the event. 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
Here at CannaCon we are proud sponsors and huge fans of Seattle Hempfest. We’ll be be out supporting the Pre-Fest Fundraiser on Wednesday night, attending all three days, and on the official 25th Anniversary Seattle Hempfest t-shirt. If you see us out there, be sure to come and say hi!