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Marijuana Hero – Vivian McPeak


vivian mcpeak seattle hempfestLongtime Washington State Marijuana Activist Vivian McPeak Is My Hero

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Vivian McPeak. When it comes to people that have fought for marijuana policy reform in the Pacific Northwest, there are few (if any) that have done as much as Vivian McPeak. For those of you that have been living under a rock the last couple of decades, Vivian McPeak co-founded the Seattle Hempfest. If you don’t know what Seattle Hempfest is, it’s only the largest marijuana activist gathering in the world. As someone that grew up in Oregon, I can say first hand that the Seattle Hempfest is second to none when it comes to marijuana events. If you have never been there, you are missing out!

Vivian McPeak is a guest writer for Seattlepi.com. His bio states “Vivian McPeak is a Pacific Northwest based musician and social justice activist. As the executive director of the world’s largest cannabis policy reform rally, the Seattle Hempfest, McPeak has helped influence regional cannabis policies. He recently wrote ‘Protestival: A Twenty Year Retrospective of Seattle Hempfest.'” I encourage you to follow his blog posts and check out his book.

You can also see Vivian McPeak featured in the documentary ‘A NORML Life.’ I wrote an article about the film when it was being released, and this is what I had to say about Vivian McPeak, “Then it cuts into a scene with the amazing Vivian McPeak, Executive Director of the Seattle Hempfest. As a member of the Pacific Northwest, I have long admired this man’s courage and dedication toward the movement. He has two of the best quotes in the entire movie, and believe I will be including these in my everyday lingo. He said that America’s pot laws are ‘fixing a problem that never existed.’ He also said that we have ‘reached a critical mass to deal with this critical mess.’ I don’t know if he invented those phrases, but I do know that he is a very hip guy.”

If you live in the State of Washington or across the Columbia river in my home state of Oregon, and you consume marijuana or beyond, than you owe more than you know to marijuana hero Vivian McPeak. If you are a new marijuana activist out there, and you are trying to figure out what you should ‘be like when you grow up,’ look no further than Vivian McPeak. He exemplifies everything a marijuana activist should be – he is not afraid to speak the truth in public settings about the ridiculousness of current marijuana laws, he works tirelessly to make a difference in the marijuana movement, and his backs up his words and ideas with actions.

If we had more Vivian McPeaks out there, the world would no doubt be a better and more peaceful place! With Washington State looking to legalize marijuana in 2012, I can only imagine how awesome it is to have a guy like Vivian McPeak on your side! I leave you with a video of the legendary marijuana hero Vivian McPeak, endorsing a California campaign to regulate marijuana like wine:

And a video of Vivian McPeak leading a huge marijuana march:


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  1. A wise man recently commented ‘success has a thousand fathers, failure none’ in response to a comment by the very same ‘Dean Summers’ making the very same ridiculous claim Steve, that he was co founder of Hempfest. Never having heard of him myself, I assumed this Mr Summers must have meant some other hempfest until I saw this comment section.
    Granted, I’ve only been volunteering for 15 of Seattle Hempfests 20 years, but I’m sure in 20 years we would have heard the name of this self-described ‘co founder’ before … were there an ounce of truth to his claims.
    Some people, eh? ;-/

  2. How odd that I have been to every hempfest since they started, volunteered since 1997, know all the founding members…yet never once heard the name Dean Summers.

  3. VivMcPeak is No Hero..He Has sold out the biggest movement in USA..I’m a Co founder of Hempfest and Ran Jack Herer booth in Seattle first 7 yrs. and all vending first few yrs.We had (him)Viv. the failed rockstar as a MC not Founder.He has since taken over movement pushed all the original out and stolen the light.You ever wonder why he is Co founder and can’t tell you the other on Wiki pee on ya or in his BOOK.Who are the other co Founders?I asked him this year..Who is in charge now and He couldn’t answer.I’m not the only one that thinks he has sold out.I have two other big in movement that will say the same..I could get more.Why is the biggest movement in country have no dirrection..VIV sold out Hempfest.I was crown with hemp by Jack the emperor on first hempfest not Viv.

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