Seattle Hempfest

Seattle Hempfest Official page for Seattle HEMPFEST® PROTESTIVAL™ Seattle HEMPFEST® PROTESTIVAL™ is the world's largest event advocating cannabis law reform, in a unique "PROTESTIVAL™" environment.
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This annual event is held every August in Myrtle Edwards Park on the Seattle waterfront.

Mission: Seattle HEMPFEST® Festival is founded in the belief that the public is better served when citizens and public officials work cooperatively in order to successfully accomplish common goals. Objective and Purpose To educate the public on the myriad of potential benefits offered by the Cannabis plant, including the medicinal, industrial, agricultural, economic, environmental, and other benefits and applications. In particular, Seattle HEMPFEST® seeks to advance the cause of Cannabis policy reform through education, while advancing the public image of the Cannabis advocate or enthusiast through example.

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12/27/2020

As Seattle Hempfest enters its 30th year in existence the event and the organization is met with serious challenges, obstacles shared with thousands of other public events and millions of other businesses. In the last several years I have heard more than one time from someone suggesting that there is no reason for events like Hempfest to exist anymore, that there is no need, they serve no purpose, and that they are obsolete. So let me offer my rebuttal to such assertions.

One thing I hear from these folks is “cannabis is legal.” Naturally, my jaw clenches up immediately when I hear that statement. My standard reply is “take 10 steps across the Idaho border and light up a joint and see how legal cannabis is.” Now, Hempfest is a “protestival, which is a portmanteau indicating that it is a protest festival, which Seattle Hempfest really defined in my opinion. Hempfest is a political demonstration, but it is also a demonstration of what the cannabis culture is capable of, being a festament (I am into portmanteaus) of the professionalism and performance of those entrenched in the cannabis culture. With over 40,000 Americans still languishing in jails and prisons I gnash my teeth whenever anyone gives me this stuff about “cannabis is legal” just because they can cruise down to the local retail etsab and grab an eighth of weed like they are buying a Slurpee.

But let’s say cannabis HAS been fully federally decriminalized and the jails and prisons have been emptied of Americans deemed guilty of cannabis offenses, what then? Before I go there, I want to briefly outline some of the things that makes Seattle Hempfest categorically the only event of its kind on the entire world, reasons that I believe it should be preserved at all costs as a model for the global cannabis culture. This will make this a long post.

Seattle Hempfest is not just another dime a dozen pot concert where some cool bands have been paid for and a line of vendors registered. Seattle Hempfest is the most grass roots political event of its size and complexity on Earth, with an annual attendance in non-covid years hovering around 100,000, because it is almost entirely organized and staffed by volunteers. But its distinctions do not stop there.

Seattle Hempfest is a COMMUNITY VALUES EVENT. How is that? Let me list the ways:

We go to lengths to make Hempfest the safest and most socially responsible cannabis event of its kind EVER. It is not just sheer luck that in three decades of this gargantuan public event there has never been a serious accident, injury, or arrest at Hempfest. In addition to paying $20,000 for an ambulance and Seattle Fire Department medics on site during the event we have our own internal First Aid Crew comprised of people with medical training. How many other pot events have that? But we go further. The event is 1.3 miles long and narrow, and around 4 PM for some reason our attendance swells. It can be daunting to make it down the paths and through the crowds during peak attendance so we rent extra AEDs (heart defibrillators) and secure them at points in the event so we are not just relying on the Fire Department’s AEDs if someone has a heart attack and goes inti cardiac arrest. We also have 10 Stop The Bleed kits that we position at every stage and major Hempfest operational booth so we can address a serious blood loss injury.

Seattle Hempfest has its own Volunteer Voter Registration Crew that has registered over 10,000 Washingtonians to vote at Hempfest. We are a protestival that walks its talk around the block in terms of initiating social change.

Hempfest has two Toxic Spill Kits. You might think that is excessive but Hempfest is nestled in an environmentally sensitive location right on Elliott Bay, and we are stewards of those parks on the TEN DAYS we are on-site 24 hours per day. Show me another pot event that has these things.

Seattle Hempfest has a Lost and Found. Hempfest personnel spend several months attempting to return items that have been turned into our Lost and Found during our annual events. Many wallets, purses, cell phones and important pieces of identification are returned to original owners every year. We wish more people would have updated contact info on their valuables but we do the best we can.

Hempfest spends another twenty grand on licensed and bonded security guards who work the entrances of the event, a requirement of our original Seattle Special Event permit. But once you get inside the event is secured by our own internal Safety Patrol. The Seattle Hempfest Safety Patrol is an internal volunteer security force that secures and patrols within the perimeter of the Hempfest event. The HSP members undergo specific safety and de-escalation training and are schooled in the policies of Seattle Hempfest. The Safety Patrol coordinates with the Seattle Police and Port of Seattle Police in the course of the event, as well as Burlington Northern Railroad Police, and Amgen/Expedia and Seattle Art Museum security.

Seattle Hempfest’s Safety Patrol has enacted a Code Adam lost child protocol and training to respond effectively in the case of a missing child at the event. Several children have been safely identified and returned to their rightful parent(s).

The Seattle Hempfest has its own Ecology Crew, a volunteer-driven refuse management operation that works almost non-stop within the event to handle the large load of trash the event generates. All refuse is hand triaged. The Ecology Crew is complemented by a paid crew that comes up from Oregon to assist in the sorting for recycling, compost, or landfill. HEMPFEST routinely processes around 500 cubic yards of trash. On average, a cubic yard of loose waste (i.e., a self-haul load) will weigh between 250 and 350 pounds. HEMPFEST contracts with an outside agency to clean the surrounding areas outside of the event where attendee trash can sometimes be present.

Seattle Hempfest has been engaged in prisoner support, raises funds that are then transferred to the commissary accounts of Americans serving life in prison for nonviolent cannabis offenses. $2,000 was contributed in 2015 alone.

Seattle Hempfest has multi-page evacuation plans, and in the course of an emergency evacuation we have recorded announcements that are stored at our stages so that even the sound and stage staff can safely leave their posts to get to the three identified meet up points, depending upon where inside the event an emergency has been declared.

Hempfest has instituted a number of safety procedures for its multiple stages, including a ban on any objects being thrown from its stages, a ban on pets or babies on-stage (yes, you would be surprised), ear protection warning signs, and emergency stage clear directives. Specific stage clear rules have been developed to respond to severe weather incidents like lightning and windstorms. Drone use is restricted at Hempfest for public safety reasons.

Seattle Hempfest is a regional economic generator. In 2014 we 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 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. In 2015 Hempfest ATM’s distributed $400,000 on-site.

Built to last, and operating since 1991, the Seattle HEMPFEST organization is the oldest continuous operating cannabis-related business or organization in Washington state.

There is more but I don’t dare go on. Most people will not even have read this far.

Now, remember, cannabis has been fully legalized and decriminalized. Why have a Hempfest? The cannabis culture and industry deserve their own cultural celebrations. Seattle Hempfest is likely the largest outdoor headshop in the world. It has a giant Hemposium Stage tent where educational panel discussions take place all three days featuring some of the most renowned speakers on the subject of cannabis, hemp, legality and reforms. It would be a shame for the cannabis community to lose this flagship event.
Please support Hempfest. We have been paying it forward for thirty years and our work is not yet done.

- Vivian McPeak, Seattle Hempfest

“Next year will be our 30th anniversary, and we end this year not really knowing what the landscape will look like in 20...
12/24/2020
Focus on Washington: Hempfest - Marijuana Venture

“Next year will be our 30th anniversary, and we end this year not really knowing what the landscape will look like in 2021,” executive director and co-founder Vivian McPeak says. “We don’t know if the pandemic will be under control enough that large gatherings such as Hempfest will be authorized to happen, or what the conditions might be if that happens. And we are facing economic challenges along with scores of other businesses and public events.”

“Hempfest today is equal parts victory celebration and call to action,” McPeak told Marijuana Venture in early 2020. “It’s critical that we maintain this momentum we have and finish the job. You don’t retreat when you win a battle; you retreat when you win the war. If anything, when you win a battle, you advance and ramp up your offensive. That’s what really needs to happen.”

For the past 29 years Seattle has been home to Hempfest, one of largest and longest-running cannabis events in the world.

Do you have random treasure in your house? Come party with us and see if any of it is on our scavenger hunt list. The mo...
12/22/2020

Do you have random treasure in your house? Come party with us and see if any of it is on our scavenger hunt list. The more stuff you have the more points you get, are you gonna be a winner?

Join us at patreon.com/hempfest and receive access to our membership parties every month and other goodies. See you there!

We are at the 30 year mark of Seattle Hempfest, and already  into our fourth decade. Keeping this organization alive has...
12/22/2020

We are at the 30 year mark of Seattle Hempfest, and already into our fourth decade. Keeping this organization alive has required infinitely more hours of work and planning meetings and attention to a list of details so massive that anybody not directly involved couldn’t possibly comprehend it all. It is somewhat a small miracle that we have made it this far against a torrent of odds. While this pandemic has had a near catastrophic impact on Hempfest the event, the organization is very alive, albeit compromised.

Over these three decades Hempfest has accomplished what conventional wisdom considered impossible until we did it. We reached a point where over 100,000 attendees converged upon three conjoined parks on the beautiful Seattle downtown waterfront to enjoy 6 stages of music and speakers and over 300 arts, crafts, food, and info booths, managed by a 1,000 person volunteer staff. Attendees could peruse the giant Hemposium Stage tent to observe panel discussions with the cream of the crop of speakers nearly all day long for three days. But what might be the most remarkable aspect of Hempfest is the freedom that attendees experienced. That luxury came as a result of a confluence of factors, but a large part of it was the result of fastidious planning and execution on behalf of our leadership and staff, as well as our hard won relationship with city officials and departments who came to trust our ability to keep the peace and produce a safe, orderly event of massive scale.

Over the years guest speakers included three presidential candidates (Dennis Kucinich, Jill Stein, and Gary Johnson), a sitting U.S. Congressman (Dana Rohrabacher ), a current and former state senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Mike Gravel, two Seattle Mayors (Ed Murray and Mike Ginn), the Seattle City Atty. (Pete Holmes), a president of the Seattle City Council (Nick Licata), and a City Council member (Lisa Herbold). Other notable speakers have included actor Woody Harrelson, TV travel Guru and author Rick Steves, and former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselich, along with a list of regional and national cannabis reform and drug policy activists literally pages long. Music acts over the years have included Kotton Mouth Kings, Everlast, Rehab, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Hed PE, The Accused, Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs, Lucero, and 7 Year Bitch.

It is just about indisputable that Seattle Hempfest contributed to Washington State being one of the first two states to legalize retail cannabis sales in the nation. Today, some might argue that Hempfest is no longer relevant, no longer needed, that it no longer serves any purpose. My next post on the subject will contain the reasons I strongly disagree with that statement, and why it would be a tremendous loss to the global cannabis community should Hempfest go away.

Vivian from Hempfest's interview with Collen Manley, cousin of the counter-culture firebrand and founder of High Times M...
12/19/2020
The Life of Tom Forcade with Collen Manley

Vivian from Hempfest's interview with Collen Manley, cousin of the counter-culture firebrand and founder of High Times Magazine, Tom Forcade. Ms. Manley has an Executive MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management with a specialty in the business organization, sustainability, and succession planning and has earned her Doctor of Law and Master of Law degrees from the University of Arizona. She has also served as the lead Legacy Advisor for Shelterwood (now Pitcairn, multi-family office), whose clients include members of the founding American families. Colleen has extensive transactional experience regarding complex tax, legal and financial matters including business planning and transactions; mergers and acquisitions; contract negotiations; and financial, estate, and business succession planning. So it might be counter-intuitive to some that Colleen’s “other life” has been her journey as a Shareholder and a Director of Trans High Corporation AKA High Times. Colleen is working on producing a feature film with Academy Award Winning Professionals on the life of Thom Forcade. And she is also planning on creating a branding company featuring Tom which will be “rolled out” along with a biography on the mythic and controversial entrepreneur.

The life of Tom Forcade with Collen Manley today on Hempresent. Ms. Manley has an Executive MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management with a specialty in

Hempfest's Vivian speaks with Salvador Santana, musician, cannabis brand owner, and son of Grammy Award winning guitaris...
12/08/2020
VAYA with Salvador Santana

Hempfest's Vivian speaks with Salvador Santana, musician, cannabis brand owner, and son of Grammy Award winning guitarist Carlos Santana. Salvador's VAYA cannabis brand (IG) is a socially-conscious lifestyle cannabis flower brand, marketed as an all-natural, spiritual feminist tone, driven from African and Mexican indigenous roots. Salvador’s vision aims to embody folks ready to escape current narratives and harness an alternative route to elevated freedom. The initiative also engages and collaborates with community advocacy initiatives from a social justice & ecologically rooted consciousness, and voices issues plaguing disenfranchised peoples. As a renowned producer, songwriter, and musician, Salvador has attained global acclaim for founding multiple bands and headlining events. He has graced stages from the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival, the High Sierra Festival, South by Southwest, and the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and has participated in projects outside of his own solo aspirations, such as the Hymns for Peace DVD released in 2004 as well as his father, Carlos Santana’s 2013 Corazón, Live in Guadalajara, DVD.

VAYA with the founder Salvador Santana. VAYA (IG) is a socially-conscious lifestyle cannabis flower brand, marketed as an all-natural, spiritual feminist tone,

12/04/2020
NBC News

Historic vote in the House!

LIVE: US House votes on historic bill that would decriminalize cannabis and clear the way to erase nonviolent federal marijuana convictions. https://nbcnews.to/3lIkUSj

11/30/2020
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Episode 65 August 19 to September 3...Mile 1064 Seattle to La Conner, Washington This episode starts on Day 1 of Hempfest Tear Down where I get my shirt signed by Anthony the Dab Doctor. Day 2 has me chatting with Michael Brown, a volunteer with a lot of heart. He came out to help even though he just recently had brain surgery to remove a tumor. And Cory & Cypher talk about their Hempfest experience. August 21, Cory sews some patches onto my jacket for me. August 26, I knock off a Living Life List item - jumping on a trampoline. Cory shows how flips are done. August 30, I meet up with James Meline again (he and his family were my angels in Northern CA when I ran out of water). James and Lisa give me a ride to Lake Stevens where James McKee (of OK Hemp and Washington Hemp Solutions) snags me up to stay a few days at his farm. While there I try some watermelon and feta cheese, check out the horses and chickens. And...James gives me an educational tour of his Hemp Farm. He shows the various stages of producing hemp products...like hempcrete and hemp bedding. Even shows me a Hemp Snowboard! This episode ends with James dropping me back off in La Conner. #walkingthroughthepain #SCunnigan #documentarian #ChronicPainWarrior #Backpacker #FibroSucks #NotStuckInBed #travelseries #WalkingToSeattleHempfest #episode #Hempfest #TearDown #volunteers #patches #LivingLife #LivingLifeList #trampoline #Farm #OkHemp #WashingtonHempSolutions #watermelon #feta #watermelonandfetacheese #horses #chickens #Hemp #Hempcrete #hempproducts #HempCanSaveTheWorld #EducationalTour
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