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4/20 WEEK EVENTS

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Celebrate the HIGH HOLIDAYS

National Cannabis Festival is joining forces with our best buds for a fully packed 4/20 Week in D.C. Scroll down for events every day!

FRIDAY, April 12

TANNINS & TERPENES*

Hosted by City Winery Washington, DC

The National Cannabis Festival and City Winery invite you to an exploration of tannins, terpenes and the future of cannabis in coffee, wine and food.*

Featured speakers:

Chef Rock Harper,  Founder, Rock Solid Creative Food Group; Season 3 Winner, Hell's Kitchen on Fox; and, Host of The Chef Rock Xperiment Podcast
Samantha Miller, Beverage Director, City Winery
Candy Schibli,
Owner, Southeastern Roastery
Camille Tindal,
Lead Gardener, District Growers
Moderated by Evan Caplan, Food Writer, Washington Blade

Doors open at 6:30pm. Program begins at 7pm. 

*No cannabis will be consumed at this event.

SATURDAY, April 13

CANNABIS LEGALIZATION IN THE AGE OF MASS INCARCERATION

Hosted by Loyalty Bookstore

A special book reading and discussion with author and activist Tony Lewis, Jr.

At nine years old Tony Lewis Jr.'s life took a dramatic turn after his father, a D.C. drug “kingpin,” was arrested and given a life sentence. It was 1989 and Washington D.C. stood as the murder capital of the country. Lewis went from a life of stability to one of chaos and poverty. Now Washington, D.C. is riding high on a wave of gentrification and ever lenient cannabis laws. Join National Cannabis Festival and Loyalty Bookstore for a book reading and discussion about cannabis legalization in Washington, D.C., and the city's troubling past of mass incarceration.

Featured speakers:

Tony Lewis, Jr., activist and author of “SLUGG” A Boy's Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Scott Cecil, Co-Founder, Rights Restoration Project & Host, Prohibited Podcast, and

Moderated by: Jasmine Mickens, Senior Policy Associate, Open Society Foundations

This event takes place next to Loyalty Bookstore in the Petworth Citizen & Reading Room.

Doors open at 12:30pm.

1PM – 3PM

Sunday, April 14

HEMP & HOPS*

Hosted by DC Brau

Join the National Cannabis Festival and DC Brau as we celebrate 4/20 Week with Steep Hill and District Growers! NCF will host a panel that explores terpenes in both cannabis and beer, and how these naturally-occurring, aromatic oils can play an important role in both products.

Featured speakers:

DC At-Large Councilmember David Grosso

Jeff Hancock, DC Brau Brewmaster & Co-founder

Phil Stripling, Steep Hill Maryland

Camille Tindal, District Growers

Stop by the brewery, grab a beer, and spend your Sunday afternoon checking out the exhibitors also joining us, including:

  • Capitol Hemp

  • DCMJ.org

  • District Herbs

  • Dr. Bronners

  • Hemp Kettle Tea

  • Metropolitan Wellness Center

  • SpacyCloud

  • Southeastern Roastery

  • Steep Hill

Tickets are $10 in advance, which includes a pour of DC Brau’s recently re-released “Smells Like Freedom” IPA, brewed in collaboration with Oskar Blues Brewery, made with a mix of hops that smell like fresh cannabis.

1PM – 2:30PM

*Must be 21+ to attend.

Monday, April 15

JOINT SESSIONS STORY SLAM

Hosted by Loyalty Bookstore and Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

Celebrate 4/20 Week with National Cannabis Festival and Loyalty Bookstore at the Joint Sessions Story Slam at Songbyrd Record House and Music Cafe. Hear stories of action, inspiration and healing as told by the activists, entrepreneurs, patients and enthusiasts to whom they happened.

Do you have a story to tell? Throw your name in the pot for a chance to tell your 4 minute and 20 second story from our main session stage.

Featured Storytellers:

Phil Hedgeman, Blunt Factz

Ru Johnson, Roux Black

Kayvan Khalatbari, Denver Relief Consulting

Laila Makled, National Cannabis Festival

Diana Metzger, Loyalty Bookstore

Caroline Phillips, National Cannabis Festival

Phone Homie

Tamika Spellman, HIPS

And more!

Doors at 7pm. Program starts at 7:30pm.

TUESDAY, April 16

COMMUNITY CANNABIS FORUM: LEGALIZATION, WELLNESS & CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Hosted by Anacostia Organics, Minority Cannabis Business Association, and Busboys & Poets

A community forum on cannabis in Washington, D.C.

Learn about the laws in our city and how residents are turning to cannabis as an alternative treatment for pain, nausea and chronic illness.

Curious about job opportunities in the cannabis industry? Hear what employers are looking for and how you can make a career in this new field.

Featured speakers:

Linda Greene, Owner, Anacostia Organics & Chair, DC Medical Cannabis Trade Association

Shanita Penny, President, Minority Cannabis Business Association

Caroline Phillips, Founder, National Cannabis Festival

Brandi Redo, General Manager, Anacostia Organics

Khadijah Tribble, Founder, Marijuana Policy Trust

Non-alcoholic refreshments provided. Doors at 6pm. Program starts at 6:30pm.

Tuesday, April 16

MORMOR IN CONCERT

Hosted by Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe

You can hear Nyquist’s poise in the tidy psych-pop he makes as MorMor. Songs like “Heaven’s Only Wishful” and “Whatever Comes to Mind” are spacious and sturdy, leaning on Nyquist’s piercing falsetto and his ear for unorthodox chord progressions. He writes, plays, and produces almost everything you hear on his tracks, and his music feels appropriately solitary—not lonely, but isolated, like it’s coming from someone who’s spent a lot of time exploring every nook and cranny of his imagination.

Doors at 7pm. Show at 8pm

Wednesday, April 17

ROCKERS INTERNATIONAL Feat. SEE-I 

Hosted by Eighteenth Street Lounge

Live and direct reggae featuring See-I at DC’s legendary Eighteenth Street Lounge.

Friday, April 19

2nd ANNUAL NATIONAL CANNABIS POLICY SUMMIT

Hosted by Dr. Bronner’s, Hoban Law Group, Eaze and Weedmaps at The Newseum

The National Cannabis Policy Summit brings together a diverse group of activists and leaders from government, business, healthcare, veterans groups, and civil rights organizations to discuss today’s most pressing cannabis policy challenges and opportunities.

See full details here »

Doors at 9am.

Saturday, April 20

2019 NATIONAL CANNABIS FESTIVAL with LUDACRIS & ACTION BRONSON

At the RFK Festival Grounds

Join us for the largest 4/20 event on the East Coast! Celebrate an end to marijuana prohibition with a full day of music, food, culture and activism.

Gates open at 12pm.


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