Trump Ally To Headline Canna Fest

Roger Stone, who launched the United States Cannabis Coalition that successfully lobbied President Trump to move towards decriminalization, is expected to address tens of thousands in October.

By Jacob Engels

Longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone will be the keynote speaker at one of the nation’s largest annual cannabis gatherings being held this October in Central Florida.

Canna Fest 2018, being organized by Jeremy and Candy Gomez, is the follow-up to their 2016 event that garnered 25,000+. The duo has also organized the world’s largest food truck gathering, which earned them placement in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Stone, a longtime advocate for the legalization of marijuana, has spent the past two years rounding up bi-partisan support for reformed marijuana and drug laws through the United States Cannabis Coalition. The group counts Bill Maher, attorney John Morgan, Congressman Matt Gaetz, Judge Andrew Napolitano, and Pastor Mark Burns.

Last year, they launched an ad imploring President Trump to keep his promise from the campaign trail on protecting state legalized medical marijuana.

This and other efforts by Stone have led to Trump backing legislation allowing states to decide on marijuana legalization without interference from the federal government.

The controversial star of “Get Me Roger Stone” is considered to be one of the driving forces behind Trump’s successful bid for the presidency, having encouraged his decades-long friend and business partner to run as early as 1988. He just released another bestselling book, Stone’s Rules, his guidebook for living a successful and exciting life.

“Americans want sensible drug reform and an end to the racist reefer madness policies. I am honored to headline this year’s Canna Fest, one of the nation’s largest annual gatherings that mix music and activism to support medical marijuana and full legalization.

This miracle plant is needed by millions of Americans and can crush the opioid epidemic in one fell swoop. I remain committed to helping President Trump keep his campaign promise of allowing states the right to decide what’s right for their citizens, without persecution from the federal government.”

Doug Bench, a former judge who dealt out hardline sentences for marijuana possession during his time on the bench, praised Canna Fest’s choice to have Stone speak at this year’s gathering.

“As a former judge who put many people in prison for cannabis offenses, then was healed from a terminal disease by that very plant, I know how hard it is to get people to discard old misinformation-based views. However, Roger Stone is a well-connected, well-informed, and powerful influencer and advocate who can help change the views of anyone who is listening.”

Irvin Rosenfel, the man who the United States government has provided over 135,000 joints to since 1984, is also slated to speak. Other speakers include Tim McBride, “The Saltwater Cowboy”, who infamously smuggled millions of pounds of marijuana from Columbia through the Everglades in the 1980’s.

Vendors, food trucks, and musical performances are scheduled during the two-day festival which runs from October 13th-14th. Information and tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

“Whatever your opinion of  Roger Stone is… to us is irrelevant, because this is the guy who has the Presidents ear to legalize completely and get Attorney General Jeff Sessions in order.

Our daughter has autism and isn’t covered under the current Florida medical marijuana legislation. Anything we can do to help Mr. Stone ultimately helps out daughter. We’re excited to have him be apart of Canna Fest Florida,” concluded organizers Jeremy and Candy Gomez.


Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, Fox News, and Australia’s New Dawn Magazine. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.