Seattle Hempfest Going Online This October

The Seattle Hempfest in-person event is officially canceled this year in light of the coronavirus; instead, an online version of the event has been announced for October 10-11.

Full story after the jump.

The Seattle Hempfest, billed as the world’s largest cannabis event and legendary legalization “protestival,” has announced its annual event will be held virtually on October 10-11 due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The “internet reveal” for the globally accessible event will be held online this Sunday, August 16, from 1-4 pm PST on the Hempfest website. During Sunday’s event, organizers will discuss the October “Hempfest Extravaganja.” 

“When we realized that there was no way to safely produce HEMPFEST down on the Seattle waterfront this year, we started working on a transition in order to present our panels, speakers, vendors, and music via the internet,” said Vivian McPeak, the executive director for Hempfest.

“This August Reveal will be a taste of what we have in store for our global October Online Extravaganja. At this August sampler we will have a keynote speaker, special musical performances, speaking guests, and interactive activities.” — Excerpt from a Hempfest press release

Despite being deeply in debt and needing to turn to community support due to the pandemic, Hempfest looked to the future — where the cannabis plant should play an essential role in reshaping humanity — in choosing a Green Renaissance theme for the October event.

“Our world society is facing unprecedented challenges, many of which have been exposed by the pandemic, which presents an opportunity to reset our approach to many things, as returning to the normal that produced these challenges would be a lost opportunity,” the press release reads. “From renewable energy and safe, compassionate medicine to sustainable construction practices and nutritious food products, the cannabis plant is the one natural resource that can play a role in practically every issue we face moving forward.”

Note: Click here to hear about the origins and history of Hempfest in an original radio documentary by Lukas Barfield, author of this piece.

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