The mission of the Hempfest organization is to educate the public on the myriad of applications for the cannabis plant, the laws about its use, efforts for reform, and conducting business in the new legal environment.
The Hempfest story
Hempfest is franchise based in Seattle, Washington, known as the world's largest annual gathering advocating decriminalization of marijuana. Vivian McPeak serves as the organization's executive director. Founded in 1991 as the Washington Hemp Expo, a self-described "humble gathering of stoners" attended by only 500 people, and renamed the following year as Hempfest, it has grown into a three-day annual political rally, concert, and arts and crafts fair with attendance typically over 100,000. Speakers have included Seattle city council member Nick Licata, actor/activist Woody Harrelson (2004), travel writer and TV host Rick Steves (2007), (2010), 2012 Green Party speaker Jill Stein, Dallas Cowboys center Mark Stepnoski (2003), and former chief of the Seattle Police Department Norm Stamper (2006). Hempfest has also in recent years attracted such well-known performers as Fishbone (2002), The Kottonmouth Kings (2004), Rehab (2006), and Pato Banton (2007) to its five stages spread throughout Myrtle Edwards Park and Elliott Bay Park, on Seattle's waterfront
Viva Las Hempfest
Get ready for the new and improved Las Vegas Hempfest after some issues in the past, the Hempfest franchise is back! Headed up by long time activist Jeremy Miller and crew who aim to take the event, and breathe new life, restore trust, and revive the appeal of the Las Vegas Hempfest. Re-Branded as Viva Las Hempfest and focusing on the community and the local cannabis industry the event is gearing up to be truly amazing.