Seattle Hempfest is an annual event in Seattle , Washington , the World’s Largest  annual gathering Advocating decriminalization of marijuana .  Vivian McPeak serves as the organization’s executive director. Founded in 1991 as the Washington Hemp Expo ,   self-described “humble gathering of stoners ” attended by only 500 people,  and renamed the following year as Hempfest,  it has grown into a three-day annual political rally, concert, and arts and crafts fair with typically over 100,000. Speakers-have included Seattle city council member Nick Licata ,  actor / activist Woody Harrelson (2004),  travel writer and TV host Rick Steves (2007), (2010),   2012 Green Party speaker Jill Stein, Dallas Cowboys center Mark Stepnoski (2003),   and former chief of the Norm Stamper Seattle Police Department (2006).  Hempfest has also been successful in recent years as Fishbone (2002),  TheKottonmouth Kings (2004),  Rehab (2006),  and Pato Banton (2007)  to its five stages  spread throughout Myrtle Edwards Park and Elliott Bay Park , on Seattle’s waterfront.  
Portland Hempstalk Festival
Portland’s Hempstalk Festival is an annual event in Portland , Oregon advocating the decriminalization of marijuana for medicinal , industrial , and recreational use. Founded in 2005, the festival takes up Often the weekend after- Labor Day and features food vendors, live music, and information booths. The event has been waiting for you.
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Kyoto Hemp Forum
Kyoto Hemp Forum (also known as the Kyoto International Hemp Environmental Forum) is a hemp industry event held in Kyoto. The first event was held in July 2016.  Featured speakers included Japanese politicians first lady Akie Abe and the Mayor of Kyoto, Daisaku Kadokawa , US activist Chris Conrad and Dutch seed entrepreneur Ben Dronkers .   The title of Conrad’s book Hemp: Lifeline to the Future was also the official theme of the event. Exhibitors at the forum include an Australian hemp seed company whose biggest market is Japan. 
International Hemp Building Association
The International Hemp Building Association ( IHBA )  is the largest association in this sector. Members and partners of the association include architects , builders , consultants, designers , the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), the Hemp Industries Association and manufacturers . A non-profit association founded in 2009 by director Steve Allin author and hemp building consultant,   the association globally promotes and supports the production of all hempand their by-products in a sustainable and bio-regional manner.