Event Recap: Alaska Hempfest
Story & photos by Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz for Alaska Leaf.
Alaska Hempfest was an intimate event that brought together musicians, artists, vendors and Cannabis enthusiasts for a three-day protestival celebrating the end of Cannabis prohibition and echoed one resounding heartfelt message: Hemp is good.
Alaska stands to benefit from the industrial uses of hemp because it is heavily dependent on the import of finished products for construction. The Alaska Legislature is working to draft House Bill 8, which would create a legal framework to grow, process and use industrial hemp in construction.
“Right now, we are working on building a home that overlooks Kachemak Bay in Homer that uses hemp,” said Jack Bennett of Nuna Works, one of the event’s presenters.
This year’s festival hosted workshops about the array of uses that industrial hemp can provide in Alaska as a raw commodity that can be processed into finished goods and used in construction.