BY LEAH MAURER
I was a speaker in the Fall of 2015, and helped with a Women Grow booth there in 2016. It was an incredible experience both times. I have never been to HempFest (shame on me, I know!!) but I know many people who have been involved with planning the event, and that it is one of the longest running cannabis advocacy events in the U.S. It was so exciting to me when my friend Jerry Norton, hemp farmer and activist and chief organizer of the Oregon Hemp Convention, let me know that these two amazing events have joined forces for the PDX HempFest Expo in June. Here is more information, but this is the short link for tickets. For sponsorship opportunities at what will undoubtedly be a “highly” attended cannabis event, look here.
Seattle HEMPFEST and the former Oregon Hemp Convention have joined forces to produce PDX HEMPFEST Expo in franchise agreement in an effort to advance the public profile of the cannabis industry.
The event will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland, OR 97217.
The Seattle HEMPFEST, established 1991, is the largest annual cannabis related event, drawing an annual attendance of over 100,000. The Seattle HEMPFEST owns a federal copyright on the term HEMPFEST, and operates a licensing program to broaden reform messaging and mutually increase brand awareness and reach. A license has been secured by the PDX HEMPFEST Expo and both organizations are excited about the new alliance.
“We are thrilled to partner with our Portland family as we continue to define the Pacific Northwest as a regional leader in the burgeoning cannabis industry,” says Vivian McPeak, Seattle HEMPFEST’s executive director. “Cannabis is not the gateway to hard drugs like we’ve been told, but it can be a gateway to economic recovery and sustainability. The proof will be on full display at the PDX HEMPFEST Expo,” he continued.
A full day of educational presentations will be taking place at the PDX HEMPFEST Expo, featuring industry leaders to discuss the various aspects of the rapidly changing cannabis business landscape. Expo speaker topics will include cannabis law, security, human resources, insurance and banking, extraction, edible manufacturing, growing outdoors, grow mediums and nutrients, topicals, an investors pitch deck forum, labs, CBD’s, packaging, Oregon seed to sale tracking, a hemp panel, an Oregon State Advisory Rules Committee Q & A, new industry developments and how to get in on the Cannabis Green Rush. Learn more about the speakers here.