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In early 2015, a group of cannabis policy advocates, business owners, and enthusiasts joined together around the idea to create The National Cannabis Festival, an event celebrating progress on marijuana legalization in D.C. and across the nation.

“We envisioned creating a festival recognizing the spirit of the cannabis movement and the nonprofit groups that have fought for so long to end marijuana prohibition,” organizers announced.

On April 23, 2016, 5,000 attendees representing 30 states and the District of Columbia gathered at the Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium for the inaugural National Cannabis Festival.

Last year’s speakers included Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Councilmember David Grosso, and Maryland Congressional candidate Mike Smiegel. The inaugural Change Makers Award was presented to Delaware State Senator Margaret Rose Henry.

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The first National Cannabis Festival in 2016 drew 5,000 attendees
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Attendees enjoyed a full-day concert headlined by hip hop legends De La Soul, education sessions, yoga, games, contests, food, and drinks. Taking place just one mile from the United States Capitol Building, the first-ever National Cannabis Festival displayed the diversity in age and culture of the cannabis community.

‘Rock the Vote’ for the Cannabis Community

The National Cannabis Festival calls itself the “’Rock the Vote’ event for the cannabis community,” celebrating progress on legalization of marijuana in D.C. and across the nation through live music, art, advocacy, and exhibitions.

“More than just a festival, NCF is a chance to connect with members of the cannabis community and industry from across the country while enjoying a full day of music, games, and delicious food and drink,” according to the organizers.

Tickets available via Ticketmaster; general admission is $35, and VIP admission is $255.

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Former presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein will be a headline speaker at the 2017 National Cannabis Festival in Washington, D.C.
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What: Dr. Jill Stein, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Councilmember David Grosso will deliver remarks on voting rights and ending federal cannabis prohibition ahead of headlining performances by Talib Kweli and The Pharcyde at the 2nd Annual National Cannabis Festival on Saturday, April 22.

When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium, 279 Oklahoma Ave NE, Washington, D.C.

Who:
US Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), 3:45 p.m., Main Stage

DC Council Member David Grosso, 3:45 p.m., Main Stage

Dr. Jill Stein, 5:00 p.m., Main Stage

The Pharcyde, 5:15 p.m., Main Stage

Talib Kweli, 6:30 p.m., Main Stage

 

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