National Cannabis Festival

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National Cannabis Festival
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Genrehip-hop, funk, reggae, electronic dance music, world music
Location(s)Washington, D.C., U.S.
Years active2016-present
Founded byCaroline Phillips

National Cannabis Festival is a yearly, one-day event held at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium festival grounds with a focus on the music, advocacy, education, and activism related to Cannabis in Washington, D.C. The festival debuted on 2016 following the passing of Initiative 71, a voter-approved ballot initiative that legalized recreational use of marijuana in the District of Columbia. It was founded by Caroline Phillips, who announced the inaugural event with an Indiegogo campaign, raising an initial $21,000 to help cover costs through crowd-sourced fundraising efforts.[1] The festival includes music concerts, an education pavilion, and vendor fair.


National Cannabis Festival's inaugural event occurred on August 23, 2016 and was headlined by De La Soul, Jesse Royal, and BackYard Band.[2] Despite legalization, DC's law stipulates cannabis can't be used in a public space. As result, the 2016 festival was a weed-free event.[3]

Music Line-up[edit]

Education Pavilion[edit]

The education pavilion featured talks and demonstrations about cannabis growing, consumption, and social issues. The most well-attended panel was the CannaTank competition, a contest for cannabis entrepreneurs to pitch their inventions to a panel of judges to win $1,000 toward their company. The 2016 judges panel included David Grosso, an at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia. The winner was the Ardent NOVO decarboxylator, a device designed to optimize the cannabis flower's THC yield through process of decarboxylation.[4]


On November 17, 2016, organizers announced the 2017 event will occur on April 22, 2017 and will feature performances by Talib Kweli, The Pharcyde, BackYard Band, Kanyatta Hill of Culture, Empresarios, Pinky Killacorn & Visto, Reesa Renee, and DJ Ayes Cold.[5] The Festival's second event occurred on April 22, 2017 and once again it was a weed-free event.


  1. ^ "The National Cannabis Festival". Indiegogo. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Emily Codik (March 22, 2016). "The National Cannabis Festival is coming to D.C. in April". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Dean Essner (April 19, 2016). "DC's National Cannabis Festival Will Be Weed-Free". Washingtonian. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Nena Perry-Brown (April 26, 2016). "At the National Cannabis Festival, a Celebration of Pot and Prince". Washington City Paper. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "Announcing the 2017 National Cannabis Festival Concert Line-Up!". National Cannabis Festival. November 17, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2017.

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