Vivian McPeak

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Vivian McPeak at Seattle Hempfest in 2007

Vivian McPeak (born 1958) is an American peace and social justice activist, and musician, in Seattle, Washington. Mcpeak founded Peace Heathens in 1988, a Seattle cannabis rights community action group.[citation needed] McPeak and Gary Cooke organized the first Seattle Hempfest in 1991, the 2-day event has grown to become the world's largest cannabis policy reform rally. McPeak, who is director of Hempfest, performed with the rock band Stickerbush in the 1980s.[1][2]


McPeak is the recipient of the High Times Freedom 2001 Fighter of the Year Award,[citation needed] as well as the High Times Lester Grinspoon Lifetime Achievement Award,[citation needed] The Dope Magazine Emery Award for lifetime achievement in the cannabis industry,[citation needed] and was listed by Seattle Magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential People of 2016.[citation needed]

McPeak has also appeared on numerous network and cable news outlets including CNN,[citation needed] FOX,[citation needed] and CNBC.[citation needed]


McPeak is the author of the book Protestival: A Twenty Year Retrospective of Seattle HEMPFEST.[3] He has a weekly radio podcast at called Hempresent.[4]

McPeak is a guest blogger for the,[5] he has also been published in the "social-political-religious criticism and satire" magazine the Realist by Paul Krassner.[citation needed]

In 2015 McPeak was the opening keynote speaker at the Washington Cannabis Summit at the Crowne Plaza in Seatac, Washington.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "History Seattle HEMPFEST". June 20, 2014. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  2. ^ Martin A. Lee (August 13, 2013). Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific. Simon and Schuster. pp. 471–. ISBN 978-1-4391-0261-9.
  3. ^ "Vivian Mc Peak's Protestival Book Signing | in Seattle". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  4. ^ "Hempresent Archives". Cannabis Radio. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  5. ^ McPeak, Vivian. "Vivian McPeak – Vivian McPeak is a Pacific Northwest based musician and social justice activist. He is also the executive director of the world's largest cannabis policy reform rally, Seattle Hempfest". Retrieved 2017-03-08.

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