The National Cannabis Festival Returns to DC, Headlined by Talib Kweli & Pharcyde


The National Cannabis Festival returns to RFK Stadium Festival Grounds this April, with an amazing artist lineup featuring Talib Kweli, The Pharcyde, and Backyard Band are headlining the second-annual music, art, and advocacy festival celebrating the legalization of cannabis in Washington, DC. The one-day festival takes place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 with mini-concerts and events for annual VIP members occurring each month leading up to the festival date.

The festival consists of two main features: the Music Concert and the Education & Advocacy Pavillion. The music lineup features: reggae artist Kenyatta Hill of Culture, tropicaliente band Empresarios, DJ Ayes Cold,the Hippie Life Krew (featuring Visto), Pinky Killacorn, Reesa Renee, and of course hip-hop Talib Kweli and The Pharcyde. This lineup is absolutely insane, and is a perfectly good reason to go to the festival. However, beyond a day of the dopest music, the Education & Advocacy Pavillion will be a highlight of the festival. It will feature a variety of panel discussions, demonstrations, and awards ceremonies. During the CannaTank competition, aspiring canna-business owners present their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win $1000 in start-up assistance. (Deadline for submission is March 1, 2017. Click here for more information.) In addition, the Change Makers Award recognizes policymakers on the state of federal level who have advocated for ending cannabis prohibition in the interest of fiscal policy, personal liberty, medical alternatives, and/or equal justice. (Stay tuned for nomination and voting details).

The movement began in early 2015 when a group of cannabis policy advocates joined business owners and enthusiasts in creating The National Cannabis Festival. The idea was to create an event that celebrated the progress of marijuana legalization in D.C. and across the nation. They envisioned a festival that would recognize and celebrate the spirit of the cannabis movement and the non-profit groups that have worked towards an end to marijuana prohibition. This idea was fully realized last year when the inaugural festival kicked off at RFK Stadium; attracting over 5,000 attendees who enjoyed a full day concert headlined by De La Soul, speeches from members of congress, educational sessions, and more! The first-ever National Cannabis Festival displayed the diversity in age and culture of the cannabis community, and in April 2017, DC gets ready to do it again. Get your tickets now at




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