Hempstalk Festival Kicks Off In Portland

Today and tomorrow, September 11 and 12, Portland, Oregon will play host to Hempstalk 2010, a pro-cannabis event held every year, starting in 2009 at Kelley Point Park at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

Organizers of the annual event advocate legalization of marijuana for medicinal, industrial, and recreational use.

Founded in 2005, the festival often takes place the weekend after Labor Day and features food vendors, live music, and product and information booths. The event, as always, is free to attend.

Hempstalk founder/organizer Paul Stanford: "We are working to end adult cannabis prohibition"

“Hempstalk is about the many uses of industrial hemp fiber, oil, protein, fuel and medicine, said Paul Stanford, founder and director of the event. “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 biodiesel 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.

Performing at Hempstalk 2010 will be Rocker T; Los Marijuanos; Belville, Cornett, Davis and Pate; the Herbivores; Binghi & The Seventh Seal Reggae Band; The Reflectacles; and John Trudell & Bad Dog, among other performers.

Speakers and guests will include Paul Stanford, Vivian McPeak, Ngaio Bealum, Keith Stroup, Robert Platshorn, Allen St. Pierre, Tim Pate, “Radical” Russ Belville, Madeline Martinez, Chris Conrad, Elvy Musikka and Steve Elliott.

For more information about Hempstalk 2010, visit www.hempstalk.org.

For directions to the Hempstalk festival, visit http://www.hempstalk.org/festival/index.php?q=content/directions.

Steve Elliott, a working journalist since 1982, edits Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media’s site of cannabis news, views, rumor and humor.

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2 Responses to Hempstalk Festival Kicks Off In Portland

  1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
    September 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Although I do not personally partake in the green herb, I fully support both medicinal and recreational use, and love festivals like Hempfest that promote common sense solutions.

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1The Cynical Optimist
    September 16, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Portland is my hometown but I live across the Pacific on a little island off the coast of China. Recreational and/or medicinal psychoactive hemp is not legal here either, but I am not sure about non-psychoactive medicinal or industrial forms. That said, I sure wish I could have been at the festival. Sometimes I really miss Portland (other times I am too busy to miss anything or one).

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