Hempstalk Festival / Portland / September 24 -25 / Free Event
The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation founded Hempstalk in 2005. This year the festival takes place on September 24-25, and features food vendors, live music, guest speakers and information booths. Portland’s annual Hempstalk Festival advocates decriminalization of marijuana for medicinal, industrial, and recreational use. According to Paul Stanford, founder and presenting sponsor of the event, “Hempstalk is about the many uses of agricultural hemp fiber, oil, protein, fuel and medicine. We are working to end adult cannabis prohibition, allow adults to grow their own and license the legal sale of psychoactive cannabis to adults.” Hempstalk has been set up to excel due to Oregon’s rapid growth in the cannabis industry.
In 2009, the Hempstalk Festival then moved to Kelley Point Park, in the far Northwest corner of Portland, at the meeting point of the Columbia River and the Willamette River. An estimated 60,000 people attended the two-day event in 2013. Portland Hempstalk happened for the first time at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in 2015. In addition to the musical acts featured, educational guest speaker panels will inform attendees on a range of topics. In previous years popular topics have included industrial hemp, the legal use of marijuana, and specific questions attendees may have.
Hempstalk guest speakers have included the directors of many associations and the author of the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act. The festival also proves educational discussions on the merits of Cannabis and Hemp on the main stage as part of the Hemposium pavilion. There are also hundreds of food trucks and vendors to check out during breaks in speakers or performers. Hempstalk has grown every year largely due to so many new business that have joined the Hempstalk Festival. Guests are sure to find a surprise around every corner at 2016 Hempstalk.