National Cannabis Festival’s 2020 celebration put off due to COVID-19

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The annual event won’t take place as planned, but will be held next year

Even though many businesses are slowly coming back after the crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are new cases every day, so it might not be a good idea for festivals to take place yet. That’s why the organizers of the National Cannabis Festival (NCF) have decided to put off this year’s event per guidance from Washington, DC’s health and venue authorities. The Festival was scheduled to take place on September 19 at the RFK Campus but now the new date is April 17, 2021, in the same location.

“Postponing our [fifth-year] anniversary event was unimaginable just a few months ago, but we need to do what’s best for our community,” said Caroline Phillips, founder of the NCF. “The past few months have brought unimaginable hardship to so many, my team included. The most important thing is that we protect attendee safety and support city leaders in their efforts to quell the impact of the pandemic, and unfortunately, that means postponing our September event.”

For those who bought their general admission tickets but can’t be present at the new dates of the event, they can request a refund from Front Gate Tickets before July 25, 2020, and the funds are expected to be returned within 30 days. All purchases and everything offered is going to be honored in 2021’s Festival anyway, but VIP member can also get in touch with the organization for further information.

“As an independent, minority woman-owned festival, we set out to use this year’s festival as a call to action for our fans ahead of the November election, amplifying the voices of activists on racial justice and drug policy reform,” Phillips added. “Now we’re focused on ensuring that we provide education and information through free online workshops and programs like the virtual National Cannabis Policy Summit taking place on September 10, 2020.” At least the organization will be running a digital event this year, so there is still something to look for.