Larry’s Tripping On The Road To Oklahoma Hempfest

By Larry Reed, Man On Weed

Oklahoma: where the wind comes whipping through the plains, and soon the cannabis will too.  Having been to Oklahoma numerous times, I was astonished when I became aware that they had passed the most liberal medical program in the country.  It was like watching a monkey walking a chicken in rain-boots!

Consider some of the not-so-wonderful statistics about the state: 1 of 4 residents is a felon; Oklahoma leads the country in incarcerating women; and it pays the lowest wages for teachers in the US.  Together, along with severe marijuana laws, it means that this a very dangerous place for canna-centric peoples, places and things.  Despite this, the fine people of Oklahoma took initiative and voted to legalize medical cannabis, overcoming a last-minute power play to reverse the people’s will by adding ludicrous stipulations — like requiring a licensed pharmacist in each dispensary. In the end, most of the draconian amendments did not make it, and the governor signed the decree that will allow the medicine to grow and flow.

OKC Hemposium

OKC Hemposium

Promoter and Hi-Tunes founder Scott McKinley put Oklahoma Hempfest together. Originally from Norman, Oklahoma,  Scott invited many of the key players from Seattle Hempfest to help him put on this historic first cannabis event.  The event was held at the Sheraton Midwest City, a modest event center directly across from Tinker Air Force Base.  I admit running a bit of reconnaissance before pulling up. The tides of change happen fast but I’m still wary of Sgt. Stedenko holding onto the past. The coast was clear! A dual level facility, populated with Hempfest participants on each level, with Rap and Hip Hop downstairs and Progressive Rock on the bottom. Seemed like a good mix on each level and there was plenty of people talking with the vendors/exhibitors.  CBD was the dominant product showcased, since it is the only cannabis product currently legal in the state, with a wide variety of products including tinctures, salves and hemp flowers.

Hemp flowers!  This was a first for me.  Attendees could buy hemp flowers from several vendors, and sponsor Hi-Tunes was offering a joint packaged in a doob tube with a free downloadable song, including songs from the artists that were part of the program and participating at the event.  The hemp flowers are high in CBD, but negligible in THC. One vendor had a jar of it and we rolled up a big ole fatty. The dry material was exactly like the traditional cannabis I’m used to.  The material rolled nice, and burned well. It had a smell and taste of the weed I first started smoking when it was transforming from brick weed to the light wispy sativas.  The effect was good, and the CBD could definitely be felt.  It left me melancholy and relaxed, all without making me hot for a THC screening. I showed a Hi-Tunes CBD joint to a friend who is under such a risk, and he put the tube in his pocket.

Connie Johnson at The Road To Oklahoma Hempfest

Connie Johnson at The Road To Oklahoma Hempfest

There were some tremendous featured speakers, including Connie Johnson, a pro-cannabis politician with gubernatorial aspirations, and several members of the Seattle Hempfest crew — volunteers who share their love for people via the cannabis plant.  It’s quite amazing in a world of greed and selfishness, these folks are the exact opposite.  Grandma Cat Jeter’s shared the story of her mission to help children had me reaching for the eye dabber. The local news showed up and interviewed Scott. There was food and libations and most of all there was cannabis talk! Hempfest to me is many things, one of them, and my favorite, is a kind place for like minded people to share ideas. We talked and joked and spun our canna-dreams large and grand!

Sesh Tables

Sesh Tables

Outside by the lake, really a glorified retention pond with big wrought iron style tables and chairs that enabled us to have a comfortable place to feed our bellies and also our heads, participants gathered around ‘sesh table.’  I noticed we all did the same thing, approached the table, gave a look to the left, look to the right, a look to someone already at the table, asking with their eyes, “we good?”

And every glance back said “Hell Yes!!!”  We enjoyed the weather out back late into the night.  At one point the Oklahoma City’s finest rolled through and adjacent parking lot but it was momentary and probably routine.  Though to us at the time it was neither. Everyone took notice towards reality, and that what is and what shall be are currently very different things.  My pulse definitely quickened as well as it should. This is a huge step for cannabis in the state however, it’s still a long way from decriminalization and national declassification.  Oklahoma Hempfest is a huge step towards these.

Overall, I had an amazing time.  The beautiful thing about the cannabis community is that it is welcoming and inviting.  We all seem to open up and share who we are and what we are about. So, if you would like to participate and join the conversation, pull up a seat.  The people I met, the information I gathered, and the messages I took away with me are all apart of my fabric now — along with two servings of chicken fried steak.

There are two more events that will finish the roll up to Oklahoma Hempfest 2019. Three events were needed due to the amazing response to the first, the one we attended.  If you can make it on 4/20 or 6/7-8 -9 2019 in Oklahoma City, it would definitely be worth your while.

Oklahoma Hempfest Rescheduled; New Dates June 7, 8 & 9th 2019

OKLAHOMA:  Organizers have rescheduled the Sept 7-9th Oklahoma Hempfest, pushing back the original date and will instead roll out a series of smaller events, culminating in a concert to take place on June 7, 8 & 9th.

According to a press release, “Due to the magnitude and overwhelming response from the public regarding Hemp Fest of Oklahoma, the organizers have decided move the event and create ‘The Road To Hemp Fest’ which will consist of two additional events with the first being held Saturday, September 8 at the Sheraton Midwest City located at the Reed Conference Center 5750 Will Rogers Rd.

“Hemp Fest of Oklahoma just became bigger as we have added two additional events as it leads to the main festival in June of 2019,” explained organizer Scott McKinley.  “The first event will be held September 8, 2018 and the second one on April 20, 2019 to help make our three day festival bigger! Due to the dispensary opening date being pushed to December, we have chosen to move the three-day festival date to June allowing the brands in Oklahoma to develop an identity and join us in creating an Oklahoma market that joins the other twenty nine states where Medical/Recreational Cannabis is legal.”

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Lineup for the Sept 8th show is expected to be announced shortly.

Anyone who registered for tickets will be honored at all three events making Hemp Fest of Oklahoma the premiere destination for all of the United States!”

September’s agenda will be speakers from all over the United States giving a presentation on the importance of hemp and how it will have a positive effect in today’s economy.

Recording Artist/Actor Snoopadelic, AKA Snoop Dogg, is scheduled to headline the three-day festival in June 2019, as well as many of the artists that were signed on to perform. McKinley went on to add, “We want to bring a wide variety of musical performers along with guest speakers who will speak as to the advantages of hemp and what it can do for this nation’s economy.”

For More Information on Hempfest of Oklahoma or how you can be involved call 405-337-0400 or go to their website at www.oklahomahempfest.org.

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Marijuana Business Association Is Media Sponsor Of First Oklahoma Hempfest

MJBA Founder David Rheins Is Featured Speaker At Historic Hemp Festival

WASHINGTON: The first Oklahoma Hempfest  is shaping up to be enormous. Promoter Scott McKinley has assembled a world-class lineup of major talent for the FREE event, including DJ Snoopadelic (Snoop Dogg), Kokane, GapX The Band, Twista, Ryan Upchurch “The Redneck” and many more, and has now enlisted the support of the Marijuana Business Association, and its founder David Rheins, the cannabis industry’s unofficial business ambassador.

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MJBA Is A Proud Sponsor of Oklahoma Hempfest Sept 7-9th

MJBA, which publishes the popular MJ News Network — The Voice of Legal Cannabis — whose properties include MJ Headline News on Facebook and Marijuana Channel One on YouTube, will serve as media sponsor for Oklahoma Hempfest bringing to bear the resources of its more than 300,000 subscribers to promote the event.  MJ Headline News and MJ Channel One will field reporting teams on site to provide live coverage and conduct exclusive interviews with event speakers, performers and VIPs.  Rheins, a renowned expert in media, marketing and branding, will address the opportunity that awaits Oklahoma’s nascent legal cannabis community.

“The MJBA has been a staple in our industry. It’s Executive Director David Rheins has traveled to each legal market speaking to each community about the new growth and challenges of our emerging market,” McKinley told MJNN. “From his background as President of the trendsetting Spin Magazine, to his groundbreaking work in the digital media space, David definitely understands the dynamics of a developing market and its growing pains. We are very excited to have the MJBA team on board with Oklahoma Hempfest — bringing this knowledge to Oklahoma is paramount.”

I’m thrilled to be a part of this historic hemp festival,” said David Rheins. “MJBA has long been a supporter of Seattle Hempfest, and it is an honor to open yet another legal cannabis marketplace. Oklahoma has passed medical marijuana, and it looks like the voters will demand adult-use cannabis as well this November. Scott and his team have brilliantly created this free event as a rallying point, and Oklahoma Hempfest will be a ground zero mobilization point for the legalization and cannabis communities just prior to the important elections.”

DJ Snoopadelic and Kokane Headline Oklahoma Hempfest September 7-9th

NEW DATES. OKLAHOMA HEMPFEST RESCHEDULED:  Oklahoma Hempfest Rescheduled; New Dates June 7, 8 & 9th 2019

By Scott McKinley

Who could imagine Oklahoma going for Medical Cannabis?  After the state just claimed the crown for most incarcerations,  the people have truly spoken with this one.

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!