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Jamaica: Oaksterdam Sponsoring Stepping High Festival March 5-6

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The Stepping High Festival, also known as the Jamaican Ganja Cup, is scheduled for March 5 and 6, 2016, in Negril, Jamaica. Offering an authentic Jamaican cultural experience built on the foundation of Rastafari culture and spirituality, family, community, friendship and love. The Stepping High Festival will feature exhibitions, entertainment and education—including seminars conducted by Oaksterdam University.

"Oaksterdam has partnered with Stepping High because of its focus on cannabis, the community, the Jamaican people, and the local jobs available because of the festival," said Dr. Aseem Sappal, provost and dean of faculty for Oaksterdam University. "Now is an exciting time. In addition to partnering with Stepping High, we're also working with the Jamaican government and the University of West Indies, where we are involved in helping lead important cannabis research and development."

Stepping High began in 2003 as an underground event promoted primarily by word of mouth and has become an enviable brand showcasing the finest strains of cannabis and a musical extravaganza that attracts thousands of people from around the world annually.

This year's event will feature two cannabis competitions to judge the highest quality Jamaican marijuana. The Best in the West contest entries will be from Western Jamaica, and the Nation's Best contest will include entries from ganja farmers island-wide.

California: Emerald Cup Marijuana Festival Draws 21,000 To Sonoma County

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Emerald Cup, now in its third year in Santa Rosa, California, on Sunday wrapped up its two-day run at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds with its biggest attendance ever. The event showcased outdoor, organically grown marijuana the the culture which has grown around the plant.

More than 21,000 people were drawn by the weekend event, according to organizer Tim Blake, compared to 13,000 last year and 7,000 in 2013, the first year it was relocated from Mendocino County, where it had begun 12 years ago, reports Clark Mason at The Press Democrat.

The event draws many cannabis cultivators from the "Emerald Triangle" of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties in California, reputed to be home of the largest and best cannabis crop in the state.

The Emerald Cup isn't just a contest to choose the best flowers; it's also a community event for growers and cannabis enthusiasts, with business exhibits, educational seminars and music.

More than 420 entries were submitted to this year's contest, with the winner getting a trip for two to Jamaica, along with the sudden ability to charge a premium price for the chosen pot strain and its seeds and clones.

This year, Jackson Zenter, a.k.a. "Mean Jean" of Laytonville, won with his Cherry Limeaid flowers, described as sweet and fruity, but with a "paint thinner and Bain de Soleil" undertones.

Oregon: Portland Hempstalk 2015 Set For Oct. 17-18

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

It's a go for the 11th annual Portland Hempstalk Festival!

Once again, after months of delay, city officials have finally granted a permit for this year's event at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, for Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m, both days.

The event, sponsored by the Campaign the the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) and The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF), advocates for the decriminalization of cannabis for medicinal, industrial, and recreational use. Founded in 2005 by THCF, the festival features live music, guest speakers, food and merchandise vendors and information booths.

The public event has always been free to attend, with a suggested donation of just $10 per person.

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.

"We believe that hemp will save the Earth's biosphere with the adoption of hemp seed for bio-diesel fuel, which will solve the energy and world hunger problems, and stop deforestation when hemp fiber is used for paper and building materials," Stanford said. "We shall overcome!"

Featuring three stages, the Jack Herer Main Stage, the Green Goddess Stage, and the Elec-Chronic DJ Stage, the bands, music and informational guest speakers are sure to inspire and inform attendees.

Canada: Marijuana, Rock and Roll To Meet At B.C.'s CannaFest 2015

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Two natural allies -- rock and roll and cannabis -- will be together in August at a musical festival in Grand Forks, British Columbia.

CannaFest 2015 will bring together musicians and people to educate about the healing power of marijuana, according to organizer Chuck Varabioff of the B.C. Pain Society in Vancouver, reports Daybreak South at CBC News.

"I deal with sick people every single day," Varabioff said. "I wanted to give back something to them, where they're able to come forget about their pain, their problems, anything they have negative going on in their life, and come out and experience something positive."

"It's all about the movement; it's all about the people coming together and promoting a product they believe in," Varabioff said.

This is the second year that Varabioff has organized CannaFest. The first one took place in Vancouver last year.

Grand Forks Mayor Frank Conrad said he won't "delve into the marijuana issue because that is a federal issue," but said he believes the event will help stimulate the local economy.

The B.C. Pain Society is a medical marijuana dispensary that houses Canada's first cannabis vending machines.

CannaFest 2015 will take place on Aug. 7 and 8 at James Donaldson Park in Grand Forks, B.C. One-day passes are $50, and two-day passes are $75.

Oregon: Portland Hempstalk Festival Moves to Tom McCall Waterfront Park This Weekend

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It's a go for the 10th annual Portland Hempstalk Festival; after months of delay, city officials have finally issued a permit for this weekend's event.

"Event coordinators for the Portland Hempstalk annual festival are proud to announce the City of Portland has issued our permit for this weekend's event (September 27-28) at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon," a press release from the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) reads.

Hempstalk advocates decriminalization of cannabis for medicinal, industrial, and recreational use. Founded in 2005 by The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, the festival features live music, guest speakers, food and goods vendors and information booths.

This public event has always been free to attend, with a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Featuring three stages, the Jack Herer Main Stage, the newly added Green Goddess Stage, and the Elec-Chronic DJ Stage, the bands, music and informational guest speakers are sure to inspire and inform attendees.

Already confirmed on the musical bill for 2014 are Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, John Trudell and Bad Dog, Herbivores, Los Marijuanos, Poet and Cannabis Advocate John Sinclair, The Sindicate, J Mack and Big Dub, Bad Habitat and more. To view the complete line-up, check out http://hempstalk.org/festival/lineup

Washington: Spokannabis Fest Announced For Aug. 30-31; Bring Your Own Weed

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Organizers this week announced Spokannabis Fest, which they describe as "perhaps the biggest and best a two-day music, comedy and weed-smoking event of them all," to be held August 30-31 near Spokane, Washington.

The event will be held at Chamokane Creek Pines, a rustic campground 40 minutes northwest of Spokane, starting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 30, and running through 11 p.m. on Sunday, August 31. Admission is $30 for one day and $50 for the weekend. Camping is also available.

Vendor packages costing between $300 and $1,750 are available for merchants who'd like to lease retail space for the weekend.

"There will be plenty of vendors selling marijuana accessories and paraphernalia, and lots of food vendors, too," said promoter Michael Antler. "You can camp out under the stars and smoke all weekend. It's a great time."

Alcohol is strictly prohibited at the event; it cannot be brought in, nor can it be purchased. Also, there will be no cannabis sales at the event. Per Washington state law, under I-502, attendees are permitted to bring in and consume marijuana at the festival.

Saturday's planned events include rock music, a wet t-shirt contest and a K-Y Jelly wrestling competition. There is a $1,000 first prize in both contests.

Hempstalk Is Coming To Portland September 7-8

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Portland Hempstalk, one of the best loved cannabis festivals in the Pacific Northwest, is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at Kelley Point Park, at the confluence of the Willamette & Columbia Rivers in Oregon.

Hempstalk is in a bucolic, rural setting just outside the city; Kelley Point Park is quite secluded, and attendees must traverse trails to get to the event itself, but golf carts run a constant shuttle service between the gate and the event.

One striking thing about Hempstalk is the degree of enthusiasm shown by those who have attended; if they’ve ever been one time, folks plan to go back.

“Hempstalk is awesome,” Seattle activist Jared Allaway, known for giving out “Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol” t-shirts, told Hemp News. “They have a great location on the water with multiple stages for entertainment, great vendors, and great info debates. The hospitality is awesome!”

Another prominent Seattle activist, Renae Ely, agreed; 2012 was her first experience with Hempstalk. “Coming shortly after the mind-blowing hugeness that is Seattle Hempfest, I wasn’t sure just what to expect,” Ely told us. “After a long and leisurely stroll into Kelley Point Park, I was pleasantly surprised to find a sizable (yet not overwhelming) hemp and cannabis event happening!

Minnesota: Pro-Marijuana Legalization Group Plans First Austin Hemp Fest

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

An Austin, Minnesota marijuana advocate is ramping up her push for cannabis and hemp legalization. Deanna Jean and other area organizers plan to hold the inaugural Austin Hemp Fest, a festival promoting legalization, in mid-September.

The Austin Hemp Fest is billed as a drug-free, family-friendly event, and will feature at least local and regional musical artists, Deanna Jean said, reports Trey Mewes at the Austin Daily Herald.

"Prohibition is ending, and it's time we embrace this change instead of fight it," Deanna Jean said.

Organizers will rent the bandshell at Bandshell Community Park for the event, planned for noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 15.

In addition to musical entertainment, Austin Hemp Fest will include arts and crafts, as well as speakers who will share information about the potential benefits of restarting the American hemp industry.

The event is raising eyebrows in the city. While the issue isn't up to the Austin City Council, city officials are closely watching the event.

"It would be a major surprise if either the council or myself came out in favor of it," Mayor Tom Stiehm said.

Deanna Jean recently gathered more than 1,000 signatures to persuade Mayor Stiehm to publicly support cannabis decriminalization. He declined to give his position on the issue.

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