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By Ayad Maher
As the marijuana legalization efforts are taking place across the U.S. and around the world, marijuana festivals and events appear to focus on celebrating commemorate freedom, knowledge and the political efforts and legitimacy of the cannabis movement.
420 is almost here, and according to most stoners, this is the day to celebrate the passion for the healing herb, and that means, obviously, smoking a whole bunch of weed and get super high all day long. Many of those weed festival take place around this time of the year, so make sure you check them out and be prepared for the fun.
Here are the top 21 biggest cannabis festivals, parties, conferences and events:
The HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup is the world’s leading pot trade show, celebrating the world of ganja through competitions, instructional seminars, expositions, celebrity appearances, concerts and product showcases. Hosted in states that have legalized medical and recreational marijuana, the Cannabis Cup stands as the foremost gathering place for the cannabis community to network and celebrate.
Going strong for nearly three decades, HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cups are the most established and trusted in the marijuana industry, continually fighting for the political legitimacy of the plant. Via High Times Cannabis Cup official website, read more here.
One of the biggest hemp festivals in the world. Seattle HEMPFEST, the undisputed King of Protestivals, and the largest cannabis convocation in the world.
Seattle HEMPFEST, one of the the premier flagship weed events of the global cannabis culture, is celebrating its 27th year. Hempfest’s crown jewels of achievement include its designation as the largest annual cannabis policy reform event in the world. But that could change with a single weed event. What is less likely to change is the fact that the Seattle HEMPFEST is the most sophisticated and socially responsible post festival/rally in history, and perhaps the largest annual free speech event in the nation.
With a laser focus on political content and a deep commitment to community values, Seattle’s HEMPFEST event has influenced regional and national public policy while being an economic generator in its community. Seattle’s HEMPFEST event paved the way and tilled the soil for Washington State citizens to legalize cannabis before any other state. Via Seattle Hempfest official website, read more here.
Hash Bash is an annual event held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, originally held every April 1st, but now on the first Saturday of April at high noon on the University of Michigan Diag. A collection of speeches, live music, street vending and occasional civil disobedience are centered on the goal of reforming federal, state, and local marijuana laws.
The very first Hash Bash was held on Saturday (April 1st, 1972). In response to the March 9th 1972 decision by Michigan Supreme Court declaring (unconstitutional) the law used to convict cultural activist John Sinclair for possession of two marijuana joints. This action left the State of Michigan without a law prohibiting the use of marijuana until after the weekend of April 1, 1972. Chef Ra was a fixture of the Hash Bash for 19 consecutive years before his death in late 2006. Via Annual Ann Arbor Hash Bash official website, read more here.
The Emerald Cup is Northern California’s premier destination for medicinal marijuana, while advancing the concept of sustainable, outdoor farming. Its reputation is firmly solidified as the largest, most respected, organic, outdoor, medicinal cannabis competition in the world. As a group, The Emerald Cup prides itself in bringing together experts and educators in the cannabis field to our fellow farmers, patients, and patrons each year. It is a community celebration that has grown to become a global movement honoring the year’s finest, organic, sun-grown, medicinal cannabis harvest.
Rolling Stone called it “the Academy Awards of the cannabis industry,” other accolades include; “epic marijuana festival in Wine Country” – SF Gate, Smell The Truth, “best weed fest in the West-or any other direction” – North Bay Bohemian, “refreshing…Home To Top-shelf…Everything“ – Medical Jane. (Via The Emerald Cup Official Website, read more here).
The New England Cannabis Network (NECANN) was conceived in 2014 during a discussion lamenting the lack of established resource hubs for the rapidly expanding Cannabis industry in New England. Events where businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, educators, patients, advocates, and consumers could connect, learn, and grow were needed, and we felt a locally owned and operated convention model focused on the New England market (and each state’s medical and recreational status) would be a superior alternative to the generic national canna-convention franchises.
Rather than focusing on what the New England Cannabis Industry can do for us, NECANN takes a collaborative approach to our shows that has resulted in consistently high ROI for exhibitors, sponsors, patients, and attendees, facilitating growth for all. Via The New England Cannabis Convention., read more here.
In early 2015 a small group of cannabis enthusiasts joined together around the idea to create The National Weed Fest — an event celebrating progress on marijuana legalization in DC and across the nation. The founders envisioned a weed fest recognizing the spirit of the cannabis movement and the non-profit groups that have fought for so long to end marijuana prohibition... 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. Attendees enjoyed a full day concert headlined by hip-hop legends De La Soul, remarks from members of congress, education sessions, yoga, games, contests, food and drinks.
Taking place just one mile from the United States Capitol Building, the first-ever National Marijuana Festival displayed the diversity in age and culture of the cannabis community. Via National Weed Festival official website, read more here.
The central feature of the show will be Oregon’s cannabis live plant competition, which, at last year’s event was the first of its kind on the planet. The live plant competition will showcase more than 60 of the state’s premier cannabis growers competing for awards, including indica, sativa, hybrid & CBD celebrity judges will include: Mark Herer (“Emperor of Hemp” Jack Herer’s son), Farmer Tom and Antonio Harvey.
“Last year’s Growers’ Fair was critical in helping Oregon to become ‘the model cannabis state,’” Burton said. “And there has been positive economic impact since then, as it drew out-of-state visitors and increased cannabis tourism.”
This year’s event will also feature “Canna Help You,” an exhibit wherein a licensed medical professional with experience in cannabis will provide information and education for attendees to discuss with their primary care providers regarding cannabis as a wellness supplement. Not a substitute for a doctor’s office, this will be purely informative and educational for the purposes of destigmatizing the use of medical cannabis. There will be a full array of topicals, transdermal patches and edibles on display. Via The Oregon Cannabis Growers' Fair's official website, read more here).
The Hanfparade is the traditional and german-wide pro-Cannabis march in Germany. Every year in August we gather for the legalization of Cannabis as resource, medicine and recreational drug.There were 10.000 to 13.000 participants from all over Germany and the world to the Hanfparade in last year. We want to top it this year so: tell your friends, bring your friends!
Hanfparade is a march and a movement to push ideas on how the legalisation of Cannabis can be done. We fight for the human right to use Cannabis as resouce, medicine and recreational drug. Via Hanfparade's Official Website, read more here.
Cannabis Liberation Day is the biggest public cannabis and hemp event in the Netherlands. The VOC foundation will organize the seventh edition at Amsterdam's Flevopark. The event starts at 14:00 hours and ends at 22.00 hours. ENTRANCE IS FREE!The primary goal of Cannabis Liberation Day is to celebrate the international cannabis culture. We aim to show how much good this plant has to offer to humanity
. Cannabis Liberation Day promotes tolerance and broad application of hemp as a sustainable resource and denounces the prohibition and repression of the plant, its growers and consumers. Via The Cannabis Liberation Day official website, read more here.
The 420 Rally seeks to carry on the tradition set by Governor Pothead Ken Gorman. If you include the early years when he began what is now the largest gathering and most prolific gathering of smokers in the world, the Denver 420 Rally has been leading the march for cannabis freedom for over 20 years.
Ken was fatally attacked in his home in February 2007, and the case remains unsolved to this day. We will not forget his courage or his sacrifice. Via 420 Rally official website, read more here.
One of the biggest weed festivals in the world. The international trade show of cannabis and medical herbs. Cannafest is the biggest cannabis fair in the world. It’s ninth year will take place in 2018 in the beautiful setting of the PVA Expo in Prague-Letnany.
Visitors can look forward to interesting expositions of exhibitors from all around the world. As usual, there will be cultivation technology, fertilizers, seeds, smoking accessories and vaporizers on display and on sale. People could also try and buy various hemp cosmetic products, clothing items or delicious hemp food, which shouldn’t be missed. During Cannafest, visitors can also entertain themselves thanks to the Cannafest Stage and Cannafest Cinema.
The interest in Cannafest is growing year by year; there were 252 exhibitors from 25 countries last year, and the organizers believe that this year will be even bigger and more successful. (Via Cannafest official website. Read more here).
The Errl Cup was created in 2015 to help patients get safe access to clean and consistent medicine in Arizona. This was after Jim Morrison one of the owners lost his sister to MS. She used cannabis to treat her symptoms but always had trouble getting clean and consistent medicine.
Shortly thereafter in 2015 Jim and Jay started their plight the Errl Cup out of their pockets bringing the first Arizona Cannabis Event and Awards.
"Errl cup is the complete opposite of any other weed fest or awards show. They don't sell their judging boxes, charge patients for admission or give them a bad experience like most other cups do." Visa Errl Cup official website, ready more here.
The Cannabis Wedding Expo is a fun and educational opportunity for couples and canna-businesses to come together and learn about how to safely and intelligently bring cannabis into their special day in classy and sophisticated ways. These professionals in the wedding industry are opening their minds and doors to cannabis weddings!
There will be professionals from the cannabis industry at the expo educating the participants about cannabis consumption safety, moderation for yourself and your guests, cannabis pairing with meals and drinks and so much more! Via The Cannabis Wedding Expo official website, read more here.
Hempcon is a medical marijuana show catering to those who may benefit from the medical use of marijuana. This will be one of the premiere events of the year with live entertainment and a huge amount of exhibits including medical marijuana dispensaries, collectives, caregivers, evaluation services, legal services, educational institutions, equipment, accessories, and many more.
Hempcon will be an educational event with a full weekend of seminars and presentations by industry leaders, advocates, and attorneys. Whether you are a patient or someone who wants to learn more about medical marijuana, there is something for everyone. Via Hempcon official website, read more here.
Epic weekend of Unifying the Community Through Music, Art & Concentrates... The sixth annual Abracadabs from Southern California and its bringing once again the special magic to reunite with thousands for two days in Southern California. Taking place Saturday through Sunday the festival boasts an ambitious array of educational seminars and keynote talks with celebrity speakers, A-list musical entertainment, and a huge selection of vendors carrying all the cutting edge cannabis products for discerning customers. The Abracadabs Festival has grown from an intimate gathering of like-minded cannabis consumers into a must-attend international event that brings together the entire cannabis community to celebrate this special plant and all the opportunities for growth it provides.“It’s unbelievable to think Abracadabs is celebrating six years with this amazing event we have planned,” show founder John M. said. “What started as a small word-of-mouth event that got progressively bigger, it’s really gratifying to see the shape it’s taken because it shows we’re doing something right.
Via Abra Ca Dabs official website, read more here
The world is changing and Cannabis culture is changing with it. Cannifest is a celebration of one of the most cherished agricultural crops, which at this tremendous point in history gives a chance to build a future for sustainable cannabis agriculture in the community. The Festival is a conduit to stand united, be proud of our heritage and come together around the things that have divided us in the past.However, while navigating the recent changes in the marijuana Industry both at a state and local level, Humboldt Green would like to advise all of its supporters that they're currently unable to produce CANNIFEST 2018 in May due to lack of policies written by the Humboldt County Planning Division, Redwood Acres Fairgrounds and Humboldt County Fairgrounds. Via Cannifest official website, read more here.
The legalization of marijuana was a major step for ending prohibition in America and sparked the dawn of the country’s fastest growing industry. Along with this spark sailed in a plethora of benefits for our culture and civilization. Business, technology, and science- the most substantial topics- will enable entrepreneurs to take advantage of this wide open market. Everything we have seen so far is just the beginning.
Cannabis is on track to become one of biggest economical impacts to ever benefit the American people. Let’s explore these opportunities and expand on the pros and cons of the industry’s climate. Great success can come with Cannabis. Through knowledge and perseverance you can ensure that success. Via Thrive Cannabis Conference official website, read more here.
High testing standards — high expectations of dankness. This is a cannabis flower competition for light deprivation farmers only, and your flowers need to be clean and powerful for a chance in the Top 16. The Golden Tarp Award celebrates cannabis grown using sunlight using light deprivation techniques to take advantage of Nature but still producing cannabis with ideal indoor visual characteristics. Via Golden Tarp official website, read more here.
Canapa Mundi is the celebration of the plant par excellence synonymous with strength, endurance, good health, respect for the environment and for our historical roots. In 2017: 7.500m², 120 stands, 23,000 visitors, 6,000 accredited professionals. In 2018: 9,000m², 150 stands, a substantial increase in visitors expected.
It is a guarantee of success for exhibitors. Opportunities for knowledge, fun and convenience for visitors. Contribution for the cultural transformation of our society and for the development of such an important area of our economy.
It is a meeting point for producers, consumers, growers, distributors, retailers, associations, new and old customers from all over the world. Stands, workshops, conferences, projections, exhibitions and workshops meet food, clothes, bioplastics, products for cultivation, construction techniques, tools for consumers and patients.
From all over the world, and from every sphere of knowledge and everyday life, All roads lead to Canapa Mundi. Via Canapa Mundi official website, read more here.
Alongside the Hemp Expo, the established Cultiva Cannabis Congress with experts from all over the world, will take place. International high-profile speakers from the fields of science, research, medicine and politics will speak on a wide range of topics such as cannabis in medicine, as raw material, legal issues, indoor gardening and hemp as food. Once again, the Congress will be focussing on the wide and evolving area of cannabis in medicine as well as the legal regulations. Via Cultiva Hanfmesse official website, read more here.
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