Oregon: Hempstalk 2009 - Activists Gather for Hemp Reform

By Madeline Martinez for Hemp News

There is a truth that must be heard! PORTLAND - A compelling mix of upbeat music, a cannabis law reform message and a focus on industrial hemp as the answer to many of our practical needs, the fifth annual Portland Hempstalk is set for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, September 12th and 13th at Kelley Point Park, located at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

Co-sponsored by The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, Oregon NORML and Oregonians for Cannabis Reform, the event is free to attendees of all ages. With more than 15,000 people expected to attend, it will wrap up the summer festival season with a bang.

This year's Hempstalk will also feature over fifty vendor booths offering delicious food and irresistible merchandise, and a Hemposium, which will feature informational panels on a variety of cannabis and hemp-related topics. Speakers include legendary "Emperor of Hemp" Jack Herer, NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) president Allen St. Pierre, charismatic Oregon NORML executive director Madeline Martinez, pioneering activist and THCF director Paul Stanford, and NORML outreach coordinator and radio host "Radical Russ" Belville. Headlining musical acts include Santee Sioux activist and spoken word artist John Trudell and his band Bad Dog, iconic Las Vegas rappers Los Marijuanos, and Folk Uke, quirky and delightful duo Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson, daughters of Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson.

Another major highlight of Hempstalk will be gathering signatures for two related initiative campaigns: the Oregon Cannabis Tolerance Act 2010 and the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2010, which would normalize cannabis by allowing sales in dedicated stores to adults over the age of 21, thereby generating millions of dollars in revenue for Oregon's General Fund. The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act would also legalize cultivation of industrial hemp to meet the needs of a fast-expanding worldwide market with too little supply. With our nation's struggling economy, soaring gas prices, and recent global shortages of food and energy, Americans can't afford to ignore the fact that industrial hemp can play a vital role in securing our nation's future. Hemp may yet prove to be the world's most useful plant, and it can provide Oregon's farmers with an easy-to-grow cash crop in great demand for clothing, food products, and alternative fuels.

As always, Hempstalk 2009 is a drug-free and alcohol-free event.
Attendees are encouraged to take the Max if at all possible.
Shuttle service will operate from the Max station at Delta Park to the festival site. Kelley Point Park is also easy to reach by bicycle. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

Madeline Martinez
Executive Director
Oregon NORML
NORML Board Member
exec.director @ ornorml.org

Hempstalk Website: http://www.hempstalk.org