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Cannabis IS Celebrated 4/20 Every Year!

 April 20th is an international holiday where hempsters and pot heads gather to both celebrate how far we've come and plan the best way for us to over the coming year. Entertainment, education and economic opportunities fill the air, dancing in the smoke the joy of Hemp For Victory. Everything is discussed from how to make cannabis cookies to 3d printing in hemp. Many poverty, sickness and hopelessness chains are broken annually during 4/20 celebrations, just a couple of weeks before May 5th Global Marijuana March. Lordy, what a powerful journey. "Ain't no stopping us now!"

HAPPY 4/20

The mythology of 4/20 goes back to 1971

"In 1971, Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, and Mark Gravich, five high school students[4] in San Rafael, California,[5][6] calling themselves the Waldos[7][8] because "their chosen hang-out spot was a wall outside the school",[9] used the term in connection with a fall 1971 plan to search for an abandoned cannabis crop that they had learned about,[7][10] based on a treasure map made by the grower.[11] The Waldos designated the Louis Pasteur statue on the grounds of San Rafael High School as their meeting place, and 4:20 p.m. as their meeting time.[9] The Waldos referred to this plan with the phrase "4:20 Louis". Several failed attempts to find the crop eventually shortened their phrase to simply "4:20", which ultimately evolved into a codeword that the teens used to mean marijuana-smoking in general.[10]

Mike Edison says that Steven Hager of High Times was responsible for taking the story about the Waldos to "mind-boggling, cult-like extremes" and "suppressing" all other stories about the origin of the term.[12] Hager wrote "Stoner Smart or Stoner Stupid?", in which he called for 4:20 p.m. to be the socially accepted hour of the day to consume cannabis.[13] He attributes the early spread of the phrase to Grateful Dead followers, who were also linked to the city of San Rafael.[13] "

The best director of 4/20 events we could find is posted here.

"As 4/20 approaches, many consumers are looking for fun cannabis activities and events to do surrounding marijuana’s biggest holiday. Although there is plenty to do on 4/20 across the nation, it can sometimes be difficult to find a centralized source of information for all the canna-events and happenings.

Wikipedia has a great list of 4/20 references.

  1. "Daily Independent Journal from San Rafael, California". November 20, 1954. Retrieved 22 April 2017.

  2. Chronicle, San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle Reader. McGraw-Hill. Retrieved 22 April 2017.

  3. King, Matt (April 24, 2007). "Thousands at UCSC burn one to mark cannabis holiday". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Archived from the original on April 26, 2007.

  4. Olivia B. Waxman (2017-04-19). "What the Guys Who Coined '420' Think About Their Place in Marijuana History". Time. Retrieved 2017-04-20.

  5. "Stoner Chic Traces Origin To San Rafael – Snickering high schoolers brought `420' into lexicon". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 4, 2012.

  6. McKinley, Jesse (April 19, 2009). "Marijuana Advocates Point to Signs of Change". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 18, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2011. Mr. Hager said the significance of April 20 dates to a ritual begun in the early 1970s in which a group of Northern California teenagers smoked cannabis every day at 4:20 p.m. Word of the ritual spread and expanded to a yearly event in various places. Soon, cannabis aficionados were using "420" as a code for smoking and using it as a sign-off on flyers for concerts where the drug would be plentiful. In recent years, the April 20 events have become so widespread that several colleges have discouraged students from participating.

  7. High Times (21 March 2012). The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook: More Than 50 Irresistible Recipes That Will Get You High. Chronicle Books. pp. 97–. ISBN 978-1-4521-0133-0. Retrieved 19 April 2012.

  8. "High Expectations: Marketers Hope for Buzz on 4/20". The Wall Street Journal. April 20, 2012.

  9. Grim, Ryan (April 20, 2009). "What 420 Means: The True Story Behind Stoners' Favorite Number". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 23, 2011.

  10. Grim, Ryan (April 20, 2010). "420 Meaning: The True Story Of How April 20 Became 'Weed Day'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 23, 2011.

  11. Alyssa Pereira (April 20, 2016). "Local originators of term 420 solve 45-year-old mystery". San Francisco Chronicle.

  12. Edison, Mike (2009-05-12). I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World. Faber & Faber. pp. 207–. ISBN 978-0-86547-903-6. Retrieved 20 April 2013.

  13. "Stoner Smart, or Stoner Stupid?". High Times. 2008. Archived from the originalon 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2012-04-20.

  14. Halnon, Karen Bettez (11 April 2005). "The power of 420". Archived from the originalon 13 May 2013.

  15. "420 event lists".

  16. "How marijuana's high holiday came to be". New York Post. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017.

  17. Gayle, Damien (19 April 2015). "Thousands of cannabis users roll up in Hyde Park for annual 4/20 event". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 April 2017.

  18. "Marijuana's big day is here: '420' celebrations ready to roll". USA TODAY. Retrieved 22 April 2017.

  19. "Does 4/20 Still Matter?". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 April 2017.

  20. "Annual 420 pot rally will be more celebration than protest: Organizers". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 22 April 2017.

  21. "A Huge Turn Out for 420 Day on Hippie Hill in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park " San Francisco Citizen". Sfcitizen.com. 2010-04-20. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-20.

  22. CU's 4/20 pot smoke-out draws crowd of 10,000 : CU News.

  23. "Medical marijuana expected to give momentum to CU-Boulder 4/20 event – Boulder Daily Camera". Dailycamera.com. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-20.

  24. "Pot activists to light up on Hill". Cnews.canoe.ca. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2011-04-20.

  25. "Ottawa's Parliament Hill just one site for planned 4/20 protest". Digitaljournal.com. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-20.

  26. "420 Day- Cannabis Festival". samesun.com Samesun Nation Travel Blog. Retrieved 2011-04-20.

  27. "Canada's marijuana activists unite against American-style drug laws – 420 vote mobs to be held in over 10 cities across Canada on April 20th". newswire.ca CNW Group. Archived from the original on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2011-04-20.

  28. "Hundreds of Tokers Flood Alberta Legislature in Protest to Push for Legalization of Marijuana". Retrieved 2013-04-22.

  29. Hall, Neal (May 2, 2009). "Thousands of marijuana smokers gather in Vancouver to celebrate "420"". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on September 10, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2009.

  30. "Marijuana protest planned for the Vancouver Art Gallery despite 4/20 moving to Sunset Beach". 19 April 2016.

  31. Johnson, Lisa (20 April 2016). "4/20 pot rally draws tens of thousands in Vancouver". CBC News. Retrieved 20 April 2016.

  32. Davies, Pete (21 April 2010). "Washington Square Gets Its Grit Back on 420 Day - Curbed NY". Curbed. Retrieved 7 January 2018.

  33. "Denver's new Mile High 420 Festival announces all-star lineup " Denver Post". denverpost.com. 2018-03-08. Retrieved 2018-03-14.

  34. Bookwalter, Genevieve (7 April 2009). "Mom and Dad now know about '4/20'". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2013.

  35. Gayle, Damien (2016-04-21). "Police make 20 arrests at cannabis picnic in London's Hyde Park". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-05-05.

  36. Johnson, Gene. "How 4/20 ... grew ... into a 'holiday'". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 22 April 2017.

  37. "Denver 420 event will be a mix of marijuana politics and celebration". Retrieved 22 April 2017.

  38. Porteous, Debbie (June 12, 2008). "Police swoop on cannabis protest". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved March 31, 2009.

  39. "420 Protest". Channel 9 News Dunedin. February 22, 2008. Archived from the original on 22 October 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2008.

  40. Porteous, Debbie (July 11, 2008). "Campus arrests follow marijuana complaints (+ video)". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved April 22, 2009.

  41. Rudd, Allison (September 26, 2008). "Moore's appeal rejected". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved April 22, 2009.

  42. Rudd, Allison (July 22, 2008). "Lack of quorum foils cannabis vote". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved April 22, 2009.

  43. Rudd, Allison (September 20, 2008). "OUSA general meeting promises controversy". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved April 22, 2009.

  44. Staples JA, Redelmeier DA. The April 20 Cannabis Celebration and Fatal Traffic Crashes in the United States. JAMA Internal Medicine 2018 Feb 12 doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.8298. [Epub ahead of print]. Accessed 8 March 2018 at https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2672202?redirect=true.

  45. "State alters 420 MM sign to thwart thieves". KUSA-TV. Retrieved January 11, 2014.

  46. "Idaho replaces mile marker 420 with 419.9 to thwart stoners". KTVB. Retrieved August 18, 2015.

  47. "County finds fix for missing 420 signs". Post-Bulletin. Retrieved July 20, 2015.

  48. Only one shows up for pot bill (2010-07-15). "Only one shows up for pot bill". Mvguam.com. Archived from the original on 2015-07-15. Retrieved 2015-07-15.

  49. "5 Myths About Cannabis In The Czech Republic". 420 Meta. 9 May 2016.

  50. "EXCLUSIVE: Snoop Dogg Shows Off His Impressive Marijuana Knowledge With Martha Stewart on '$100,000 Pyramid'". Entertainment Tonight.

  51. "D.C. mayor offers pot activist Tag 420 for his efforts". Washington Post.