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Washington: World’s Largest Annual Cannabis Event Moves On-Line Due to Viral Pandemic


Seattle Hempfest Online Event

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., PST

In pre-Covid years, the world’s largest “protestival” featured 100,000 attendees rejoicing on the Seattle waterfront at Elliott Bay, enjoying music from multiple stages and a huge circus tent with panel discussions for all three summer days. But on this 29th year of Seattle Hempfest the event is adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic and presenting its political and educational information in a safe, globally accessible format.

On Seattle Hempfest's usual weekend, Sunday Aug 16, the organization is presenting a four-hour internet “reveal” event to present and discuss its scheduled Oct. 10 and Oct. 11 Global Online Hempfest Extravaganja.

Oregon: PDX Hempfest Expo To Be Held June 10


Now in their fourth year, Seattle Hempfest and the former Oregon Hemp Convention have joined forces to produce PDX Hempfest Expo

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Seattle Hempfest and the former Oregon Hemp Convention have joined forces to produce Portland Hempfest Expo in an effort to advance the public profile of the cannabis industry.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm at the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland, OR 97217.

“We are thrilled to partner with our Portland family as we continue to define the Pacific Northwest as a regional leader in the burgeoning cannabis industry,” said Vivian McPeak, Seattle Hempfest's Executive Director.

“Cannabis is not the gateway to hard drugs like we’ve been told, but it can be a gateway to economic recovery and sustainability. The proof will be on full display at the PDX Hempfest Expo,” McPeak continued.

A full day of educational sessions with professional Cannabis speakers will educate attendees about rapidly changing developments in the Cannabis industry. A high concentration of legitimate Cannabis industry technology buyers will be present.

Washington: Seattle Hempfest Announces Hempfest Business Show


Seattle Hempfest announces “The Hempfest Business Show” Industry Showcase at Seattle Center on Hempfest weekend

August 15 & 16, 2015
Saturday 10 AM - 7 PM,
Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall,
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

With the coming of recreational marijuana legalization in Washington state, Seattle Hempfest has put on a suit and tie. A flourishing medical industry and an emerging statewide legal recreational cannabis market mean cannabis businesses are blooming, according to Hempfest, and now the former civil disobedience "protestival" is now providing a showcase for the newly legal businesses.

The Hempfest Business Show, taking place August 15 and 16 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, "is about creating an environment in which these industries flourish & mature," according to Seattle Hempfest.

Running concurrent with Hempfest, which will be taking place a few blocks away, "Hempfest Business will connect business owners with the suppliers of cultivation equipment, packaging, marketing, web design, insurance, nutrients, and the myriad of other products and ancillary services it takes to run a cannabis business in the modern age."

Washington: Seattle Cops To Hand Out Free Doritos At Hempfest


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Washington's voters decided back in November to legalize up to an ounce of marijuana in the Evergreen State. But along with I-502 came pages and pages of rules and regulations that only a cop or a lawyer could love, and it's easy to run afoul of them.

The Seattle Police Department plans to do what it can to increase knowledge among marijuana enthusiasts of the rules of "legal" marijuana under I-502. At Seattle Hempfest this weekend, August 16-17-18, the cops plan to educate weed lovers on rules by handing out free bags of Doritos.

Doritos are certainly the way to get a stoner's attention, and the labels on the snack-sized bags will direct festival attendees to the SPD's post-legalization FAQ online, "Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use in Seattle," which went viral last November.

"Distributing salty snacks at a festival celebrating hemp, I think, is deliberately ironic enough that people will accept them in good humor," speculated Seattle Police spokesman Sean Whitcomb. "We want to make sure people learn the rules and that they respect the vote."

The labels on the Dorito bags will remind Hempfest revelers that while possessing up to an ounce of marijuana is now legal in Washington, selling or growing cannabis remains quite illegal. (A handful of $1,000 growing and retail licenses will be issued -- via lottery - later this year by the state. No home growing will be allowed.)

Washington: Marijuana DUI Patrols Planned for Seattle Hempfest


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

With up to 200,000 expected in Seattle this weekend for Hempfest, cops looking to make "marijuana DUI" arrests -- whether those charged are actually impaired or not -- are going to have a target-rich environment.

The world's largest pot rally, hits the Seattle waterfront this weekend -- and it's probably not a coincidence that Washington state's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign starts at the same time, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

The Drive Sober campaign runs from August 16 through September 2, reports Ben Livingston at SF Gate, and it will especially focus on catching drivers who have been smoking marijuana.

"Officers can tell when a driver is experiencing other effects of marijuana influence such as relaxed inhibitions, altered perception of time and distance, disorientation, incomplete thought processes and increased pulse," a clueless press release from law enforcement, customized county by county for the state, tells us.

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