Oregon: Hempstalk Harvest Festival Set For October 17-18th in Tom McCall Waterfront Park
By Michael Bachara, Hemp News
Hempstalk Harvest Festival will be held at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon on October 17th and 18th. Hempstalk advocates decriminalization of cannabis for medicinal, industrial, and social use. Founded in 2005, 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.
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."
Featuring three stages, the Jack Herer Memorial Stage, the newly added Elechronic stage in the Larry “LK” Kirk Memorial Pavilion, and the Lyon Pride Stage, the event is sure to inspire and inform attendees. Already confirmed on the musical bill for 2015 are John Trudell and Bad Dog, Herbivores, Los Marijuanos, Binghi and the 7th Seal, John Cornett, The Sindicate, J Mack and Big Dub, Bad Habitat and more.
In addition to the musical acts featured, guest speaker panels will inform attendants about industrial hemp, the legal use of cannabis, and answer several questions regarding the new cannabis law.
Hempstalk guest speakers for this year will include Hemp Industries Association President Anndrea Hermann, THCF and CRRH Director Paul Stanford, Renowned Author Chris Bennett, and hundreds of hemp and cannabis activists. Hempstalk, as always, will be emceed by comedian Ngaio Bealum.
With all of the entertainment and education that Hempstalk offers, there are also hundreds of food and goods vendors that contribute wonderful dishes and beautiful wares for purchase in the many vendor booths. Hempstalk encourages guests to come out and enjoy the weekend with great music, great information and learn about Hemp and Cannabis!
This year's Hempstalk is dedicated to the spirit of several cannabis activists who made legalization a reality. One of which, the late-great Dr. Phil Leveque - RIP, was a World War II hero, doctor of several disciplines, writer and cannabis activist who pioneered the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. With compassion and drive, outspoken demeanor and research, Dr. Leveque continued to serve patients by speaking out in support of patient choice and patient rights.