Vending For 2018 Seattle Hempfest Opened!

Vending for the 2018 Seattle Hempfest will open on January 1

Seattle HEMPFEST®, the premier flagship event of the global cannabis culture, is celebrating its 27th anniversary.  Hempfest’s crown jewels of achievement include its designation as the largest annual cannabis event in the world. There is no larger concentration of the cannabis market.

With a laser focus on political content and a deep commitment to community values, Seattle’s  HEMPFEST® event has influenced regional and national public policy while being an economic generator in its community.

Seattle’s HEMPFEST®, event paved the way and tilled the soil for Washington State citizens to legalize cannabis before any other state.  Join us as we celebrate 27 years of cultural influence & policy reform.

Returning vendors have priority to retain their legacy spots until February 15.  Vendors need to fill out the 2018 application and pay by the 15th to reserve their legacy spots.

On February 16, all spaces become available for sale.

New Vendors and Sponsors may start lining up for available spaces on January 1.

Simply fill out the application and pay.  This put you in line for the best spots!

10 SONGS To Celebrate Legalization in California

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 To celebrate the occasion of cannabis legalization in the state of Califonia, we wanted to make a special playlist for all those ready to light up. There are tons of superdelic musicians jamming and making music about cannabis as the history unfolds. So listen into Renagade Radio’s Top picks right here and support the largest reform event in the world.

The Hempfest! @ Hempfest.org

https://www.playlist.com/jam/5a5093802d35190014a6b44e
Cali Dro
Birdman

 

Sweet Leaf
Black Sabbath
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Pass The Marajuana
Mystic Roots
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Weed With Willie
Toby Keith

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Kid Cudi
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Let The Sunshine
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Vaporize
Broken Bells

 

Dieman Noba Smoke Tafee
S.E. Rogie

 

Planet Of Weed
Fountains Of Wayne
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Cheech And Chong
Travis Matte & The Zydeco Kingpins

CALIFORNIA OFFICIALS RESPOND TO JEFF SESSIONS

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If you are in the cannabis industry, you probably heard the news yesterday which sent waves of fear and confusion throughout the country for every player in the marijuana market. Cannabis stocks took a dive, and everyone called their lawyers looking for hope and reassurance.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved to rescind the Cole Memo, the one piece of federal guidance the cannabis industry has had on which to base state and local regulations. The memo was put in place by former US Attorney General Eric Holder under the Obama administration and provided a directive to federal law enforcement about which circumstances would precipitate their involvement in a cannabis case. Unfortunately, this was merely a guideline and never an actual law, something misunderstood by many with investment in the marijuana world. Now, the outline of protection provided by the Cole Memo is gone, and cannabis operators can expect to begin seeing an uptick in police raids and asset forfeiture.

Of course, for those of us who have been fighting in the trenches for years on this issue, this is not totally a surprise. We have rolled our eyes at every person who has said in the past five years, “Legalization is inevitable.”

Legalization is not inevitable. This is a war, remember? And we can expect our opponents to fight with their last dying breaths.

Fortunately, we do have a battery of new weapons for the fight – we now have major institutions (state governments and regulatory bodies) which have embraced the new ethos of legal cannabis, for both medical and adult use, and public persons whose livelihoods are supported by an issue more popular than apple pie.

The timing of the announcement comes just on the heels of California’s official foray into legal sales for adult use. The response of our new allies has been quick and sharp.

Lori Ajax, Director of California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control:

“The administration is conferring with the California Attorney General and other states in response to this action. We expect the federal government to respect the rights of states and the votes of millions of people across America and if they won’t, Congress should act. Regardless, we’ll continue to move forward with the state’s regulatory processes covering both medicinal and adult-use cannabis consistent with the will of California’s voters, while defending our state’s laws to the fullest extent.”

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who has long been a key ally on this issue, gave a solid soundbite with words echoing that of the broader drug policy reform movement:

“Jeff Sessions has destructively doubled down on the failed, costly, and racially discriminatory war on drugs, ignoring facts and logic, and trampling on the will of CA voters.

“Have no doubt — CA will pursue all options to protect our reforms and rights.”

California Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher, co-sponsor of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment and longtime supporter of President Trump issued this statement:

“The attorney general of the United States has just delivered an extravagant holiday gift to the drug cartels. By attacking the will of the American people, who overwhelmingly favor marijuana legalization, Jeff Sessions has shown a preference for allowing all commerce in marijuana to take place in the black market, which will inevitably bring the spike in violence he mistakenly attributes to marijuana itself. He is doing the bidding of an out-of-date law enforcement establishment that wants to wage a perpetual weed war and seize private citizens’ property in order to finance its backward ambitions.

“This is a profound misreading of the Constitution, which allows states, not the heavy-handed federal government, to determine such issues. How ironic that the attorney general has long championed states’ rights when it suits other parts of his agenda! More than that, by attacking the clear will of the American people, the attorney general contradicts President Trump’s campaign pledges to leave medical and recreational marijuana questions for the states to decide. By taking this benighted minority position, he actually places Republicans’ electoral fortunes in jeopardy.”

Clearly, the fight is on. And as an old friend of mine once astutely observed about the movement: “We’ve already taken a stand. It’s not like we’re going to sit back down.”

Still, this recent move is a reminder that change does not come free or easily. I strongly encourage everyone in cannabis to give to the groups working hard for years to make progress in Washington, DC. Become a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, whose primary goal is to represent the industry at the federal level, donate to groups such as Drug Policy Alliance and Students for Sensible Drug Policy which focus on ending social injustice related to the drug war and  Americans for Safe Access which has long fought the government on behalf of patients, particularly during federal raids.

There has never been a more important time than now to join the fight and get involved!

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