By Keith Mansur
Oregon Cannabis Connection
The former Oregon Hemp Convention has teamed up with the legendary Seattle Hempfest® and will produce the PDX HEMPFEST Expo® under a newly announced franchise agreement. The agreement comes on the heels of a number of other HEMPFEST® licensed events.
The Portland based expo, now in its 3rd year, is a more educational oriented event than the typical HEMPFEST’s® that are licensed, such as the new Oregon HEMPFEST® (Formerly the Umpqua Valley Hempfest), and the coming Austin Texas HEMPFEST®, coming in October 2017.
“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,” Vivian McPeak, the Seattle HEMPFEST’s executive director, said in a press release.
Jerry Norton, the event organizer, told Oregon Cannabis Connection, “It’s going to be a home run for us…and they thought it was perfect for them too.”
“We’re going to be able to co-affiliate and they are the largest hemp festival in the world,” explained Norton. “Sharon [from Hempfest] said, ‘we like to educate’ so this is going to be a good fit for us.”
Ed Rosenthal has been booked for the Portland Hempfest Expo, along with a long list of other speakers and panelists.
“He has a new book coming out titled Harvest and he will be having a signing and giving a harvest presentation,” explained Norton.
The event will be Saturday June 10th, 2017 from 8am to 8pm at the Portland Expo Center at 2060 N. Marine Dr. Portland (Last stop of the North bound yellow Max line). Ticket information is here.
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Press release below:
Seattle HEMPFEST and the former Oregon Hemp Convention have joined forces to produce PDX HEMPFEST Expo in franchise agreement
Seattle HEMPFEST and the PDX HEMPFEST Expo have joined forces in an effort to advance the public profile of the cannabis industry.
The Seattle HEMPFEST Est. 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.
This indoor Expo / Convention model extends the HEMPFEST brand of events beyond the usual outdoor music Festivals like Oregon HEMPFEST (formerly Umpqua Valley HEMPFEST) 2 weeks later on June 23-24-25, or Boise Idaho HEMPFEST (4/15/17), Houston Alaska HEMPFEST, (June 23, 24, 25), the Austin Texas HEMPFEST (October of 2017), among others.
For information about the Seattle HEMPFEST, HEMPFEST licensing, and other events, go to: http://www.hempfest.org/festival/licensed-events/
The Seattle HEMPFEST is produced by Seattle Events a Non-Profit Corporation, a federal non-profit organization, and the event utilizes as many as 1,000 volunteers annually, and costs $750,000 to produce. Info on the 2017 platform, event history, economic impact study, published media, and community values distinctions can be found at: https://www.hempfest.org/festival/media/