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Plans Announced for Inaugural National Cannabis Festival at the RFK Festival Grounds in Washington, D.C.

Press Release

First ever advocacy festival to bring thousands to the Nation’s Capital for a celebration of progress towards ending cannabis prohibition.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The steering committee for the first ever National Cannabis Festival today announced the launch of ticket sales for a festival at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds celebrating progress on ending cannabis prohibition. The inaugural event is scheduled for April 23, 2016, and invites thousands of cannabis enthusiasts to gather in Washington, D.C. for a day of music, advocacy and activities.

“The National Cannabis Festival is a one of a kind event,” said Vanessa West, General Manager, Metropolitan Wellness Center and festival committee co-chair, “this is the only event of this size and scale for cannabis enthusiasts on the east coast. With beer and wine festivals every weekend, it’s about time the cannabis community had a national level festival.”

The National Cannabis Festival is composed of 4 major components: a full day concert on the main festival stage, a vendor fair, an education pavilion and an advocacy fair. The advocacy fair is made up of 18 local and national nonprofit partners who are working together to outline joint federal and local calls to action to rally festival attendees around. Advocacy partners include: Americans for Safe Access, Dance Safe , DC NORML, DC Vote, Delaware NORML, Drug Policy Alliance , Hemp History Week, Hemp Industries Association, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition , Marijuana Policy Project , Maryland NORML, National Cannabis Industry Association, NORML, Pittsburgh NORML, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, The Silver Tour, Veterans for Peace, Virginia NORML, Vote Hemp and Weed for Warriors.

“In a presidential election year there is no more appropriate place than Washington, D.C., for an event like this to launch,” said Corey Barnette, Owner, District Growers and festival committee co-chair, “with this event we aim to bring our advocacy partners together with members of the cannabis industry to highlight the most pressing cannabis policy issues and to remind presidential candidates and members of congress that it is time to end cannabis prohibition.”
Tickets for the festival are available via Ticketmaster and start at $35 for General Admission or $250 for the
VIP Package . For more information on the forthcoming National Cannabis Festival visit or click here for the Indiegogo campaign.

About the National Cannabis Festival:

The National Cannabis Festival is a celebration of progress on legalization of marijuana in DC and across the nation through live music, advocacy and exhibitions. In early 2015 a group of cannabis policy advocates, business leaders and enthusiasts joined together around the idea to host the National Cannabis Festival (NCF), an event celebrating progress on legalization in DC and across the nation. We envisioned creating an event recognizing the spirit of the
cannabis movement and the nonprofit groups that have worked to influence state and federal legislators, paving the way for growth of both industry and repeal of prohibition policies. Visit us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or on our website for more information.


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