Due to an increase in turnout projections, the annual “710” educational and celebratory cannabis event has been moved to the Patient Grower Network (PGN) venue in Keizer.

400 people have already committed to attending, and event coordinator Travis Chesnik says the numbers are climbing daily.

“It’s been awesome,” he says.

There will be two stages, live music and speakers and 20 – 30 vendors including marijuana dispensaries, artists, face painters, jewelry, clothing, edibles and more.

“It’s a positive event,” Chesnik says, “an opportunity to bring together both medical and recreational people, and to show the state and public and we can all get along and can use this product legally.”

The event is designed for people 18 and older with no one, even those with OMMP cards, allowed if they are 18 or under.

Eighteen to twenty-one year olds must bring valid ID and an OMMP card.  People over 21 are allowed without restriction.

“It’s a chance for people to come and learn about medical and recreational,” says Kim Strand, owner of PGN.  Strand is proud that her venue has been open for five years “without a citation or altercation” while it provides medical patients a place to medicate and meet others.

“Many of them can’t drive,” she says, “and this is an alternative to being stuck at home in front of the TV.”  PNG formerly hosted an adjacent dispensary, but is presently a medicating-only venue.

“The 710 event will have lots of education,” Strand promises.  “Seminars on how to transport the product, for example.  Because even after July 1, you can still get a DUI and you can still lose your job.”

710 Festival

Friday July 10,

10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

$12, or $10 with 3 cans of food

PGN 4090 Cherry Ave. NE, Keizer