Being an 8-year member of Seattle Hempfest, I know the power of a “Protestival” done right. This will be my third year of sponsoring a stage in Seattle and networking with all the entrepreneurs to make the 3-day event happen, and so naturally I decided it would be a perfect timing idea to bring the official Hempfest to my home state of Oklahoma. With the teachers all at strike and a good portion of the proceeds going to them, I banked on state question 788 to pass.
I flew in to my home state of Oklahoma to meet with the group who created Rocklahoma to begin the planning. For public and political support, we flew in Seattle City A Attorney Pete Holmes, Seattle Hempfest’s Vivian McPeak, Patrick Saint from the Twenty22 Many Foundation, and Ashley Heddy the head of traceability training from BiotrackTHC.
We had a panel set up by Senator and gubernatorial candidate Connie Johnson. We toured the venue Lost Lakes, and fell in love with the layout. It’s the perfect place. I put all the pieces together and presented the idea. Along the way, I had many partners and friends say I was wasting my time because Oklahoma would never legalize. I reached out to Snoop Dogg’s camp, as I had worked with him in the past, and he had the dates — September 7-9 — open.
All the pieces have come together. We lined up the investors, the venue, the state, and the artists – all while awaiting the vote. So you asked for it, Oklahoma, and you will get it: the first annual Oklahoma Hempfest headlined by DJ Snoopadelic, and the Legendary Kokane – the most featured artist in the world. — with 3 days and 4 stages of artists and speakers. In the tradition of Seattle Hempfest, this will be a free to the public event and will have speakers in between each artist performing on all stages. Stay tuned for more details!