Music. Education. Advocacy.

In 2015 a small group of cannabis enthusiasts joined together around the idea to create National Cannabis Festival β€” an event celebrating progress on marijuana legalization in DC and across the nation.

The founders envisioned a festival recognizing the spirit of the cannabis movement and the non-profit groups that have fought for so long to end marijuana prohibition...

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On April 23, 2016, 5,000 attendees representing 30 states and the District of Columbia gathered at the Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium for the inaugural National Cannabis Festival. Attendees enjoyed a full day concert headlined by hip-hop legends De La Soul, remarks from members of congress, education sessions, yoga, games, contests, food and drinks.

Taking place just one mile from the United States Capitol Building, the first-ever National Cannabis Festival displayed the diversity in age and culture of the cannabis community.

Be part of the story, join our email list, follow our journey on Instagram and Facebook, and get ready to have some fun at the 5th Annual National Cannabis Festival on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium.



Caroline Phillips
NCF Founder & Executive Producer
Principal, The High Street PR & Events

Queen Adesuyi
National Cannabis Festival Federal Relations Chair
Policy Coordinator, National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance

Morgan Fox
National Cannabis Festival Communications Chair
Communications Director, National Cannabis Industry Association

Laila Makled
National Cannabis Festival Advocacy Committee Chair

Michelle Rutter
National Cannabis Festival Federal Relations Co-Chair
Government Relations Manager, National Cannabis Industry Association

Nikolas R. Schiller
National Cannabis Festival Community Outreach Chair
Co-Founder & Director of Communications, DCMJ

Justin Strekal
National Cannabis Festival Federal Relations Co-Chair
Political Director, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

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Talib Kweli

Steering Committee 

Corey Barnette, District Growers
Robert Capecchi, Esq.
Michael Cuthriell, Metropolitan Wellness Center
Rose Donna, The Wonderland Ballroom and The Dew Drop Inn DC
Rebecca Fasman, Dovetail Art Management
Mark Finkelpearl, Treadmill Productions
Russell Gordon, Bluestreet Productions
Shawnta Greene, CannX
Bo Kenney, Wash Hydro
Chanda Macias, National Holistic Healing Center & Women Grow
Linda Mercado Greene, Anacostia Organics
Jeff Hancock, DC Brau
Kyla Hill, Get Hemp Butter
Kayvan Khalatbari, Denver Relief Consulting
Davis Clayton Kiyo, Myster High End Accessories
Matthew Klokel, Fantom Comics
Matthew McGovern, The Wonderland Ballroom and The Dew Drop Inn DC
Lauren Padgett, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy
Jenn Michelle Pedini, Virginia NORML
Shanita Penny, Budding Solutions & Minority Cannabis Business Association
Molly Ruland, One Love Massive
Ean Seeb, Denver Relief Consulting
Brandon Skall, DC Brau
Keith Stroup, NORML
Vanessa West, Metropolitan Wellness Center
Michael Zaytsev, HighNY