September 3rd, 2015 – KOIN News: Hempstalk approved but smoke still hangs in the air

Well you’ve got to love this title (not!).

It is a pretty good articleThe event will be held October 17 and 18, despite claims from the parks department about drug sales and use at last year’s event. The parks department claimed event organizers knew about the illegal activities and didn’t stop them.

“The city officials who said we didn’t were being dishonest. We did do it and I don’t see how they could possibly say we didn’t,” said Paul Stanford, Hempstalk Festival organizer.

That is why the parks department denied this year’s permit, because of claims event organizers didn’t follow the rules. But last week, city commissioners voted to give the festival another chance.

“What I finally decided was to take a leap of faith,” Commissioner Nick Fish told KOIN 6 News. “There just wasn’t enough evidence that the organizers breached the agreement or intentionally allowed for rules to be broken.”

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August 27th, 2015 – Portland gives Hempstalk festival a third chance, approves 2015 waterfront event

We finally got the City of Portland to issue a permit for us to have our free, annual Hempstalk event at Waterfront Park this year.  The event will be held on October 17th and 18th.  We hope to see you all there!

It was a long, tiresome process, but in the end truth prevailed.  The city voted to overturn the original denial of our permit.  Even normally conservative City Commissioner Dan Saltzman agreed that the City was applying a “double standard” to our event, as many other events held at Waterfront Park have rampant marijuana use.

So folks, we are on for another great event.  For more information please visit the Hempstalk website at

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August 6th, 2015 – Hempstalk festival ‘will never surrender,’ leader appeals Portland permit denial for second time

Here we go again!  Another round of wasteful arguing with the City of Portland over whether or not they should issue our annual Hempstalk event another permit.  If you look at all the time and money the City of Portland has wasted on this back and forth game it’s shocking.  Don’t they have better things to do in our great city than try to hassle us about our event?

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July 10th, 2015: Salem News: 710 Festival Bursts Its Seams and Moves to Keizer

A good article from Salem news talking about the 710 Cannabis Festival, which is in its second year.  The goal of this festival is to bring the recreational marijuana and OMMP community together to form a unity, to bring all aspects in of medical and legal marijuana to answer questions, show products that can be used to medicate or recreate.

I’ll be speaking at 4:15pm, so if you can come out to this event to show your support I’d really appreciate it!

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July 1st, 2015 – The Weed Blog: Thousands Turn Out For “Burnside Burn” Celebration Of Marijuana Legalization In Oregon

Boy am I happy about legalization in Oregon!  Apparently I’m not the only one.  Thousands of people turned out to celebrate Oregon’s legalization at the stroke of midnight on July 1st.  They called this epic event the “Burnside Burn”.  I’d say that is an appropriate name!  Thanks to Radical Russ for organizing the event and giving me props.  Russ was quoted as saying;

“and we wouldn’t be celebrating this day in Oregon without the hard work of long time Oregon activists like Paul Stanford, John Sajo, Doug McVay, Madeline Martinez, and so many more, including those we’ve recently lost like Jim Klahr, Jim Grieg, Melodie Silverwolf, and Larry Kirk.”

I do appreciate that Russ!

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