As the police turn a watchful eye the smell of cannabis fills the spring air as modern day activists stage a peaceful protest.
The event's beginning is a true urban legend that can be traced to 'The Waldos' in San Rafael High School in 1971. Everyday at 4:20 the Waldos would meet up to smoke pot at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur. The legend spread like bong water through the United States.
That is just one of the many stories about the beginning of 4/20.
When the 1990's rolled around 4:20 p.m. was the time for a daily toke. By the late 1990's there were hundreds of people enjoying the tradition.
The actual 4/20 day as a celebration started in Vancouver in 1995. Mark Emery's The HEMP BC store was staffed by Grateful Deadheads.
Marc Emery recalls in a press release obtained by Digital Journal; "I remember my store manager Danna Rozek and an employee named Cindy Lassu came up to me in early April 1995, and said, 'Marc, can we have a 4/20 celebration on April 20th next door in Victory Park?' I responded, 'like, on 4:20 in the afternoon on April 20?' and they said, "No, like all day on April 20?" they replied. "What will we do all day?" I asked, and they said "Smoke pot all day and play music." I replied "We can't just smoke pot all day. That's decadent. No, you can't do it.".
Danna was persistent remembers Emery.
Ms. Rosek then asked "Can we just go ahead and do it anyway even if you don't approve?".
Emery said yes. That was the start of the first organized April 20 celebration. 200 people showed up at Victory Park toking the day away. The next year there were 500 partying. In 1997 the party had grown to big for the small park so it moved to the traditional political rally location of the Vancouver Art Gallery, in downtown Vancouver's financial district. It was a wise decision, over 1,000 showed up that year as well as the media. The movement spread, again like bong water to other locations across North America.
The 4/20 smoke-outs are a series of cannabis rallies that will demonstrate, as they do every year, the impracticability of enforcing the current marijuana laws. Drug peace activists invite all herb enthusiasts to join them in defiant solidarity. Everyone is invited to publicly show their love of the weed and experience a taste of freedom by doobie demonstrating with activists in your area.
Planned events for this 4/20 are as follows:
Vancouver, British Columbia
Art Gallery, Downtown Vancouver
Celebration starts at 1 p.m., goes to 9.00 p.m.
FREE WEED and extra Prizes for Best Pot Plants and Pot Posters at 4:20
A SMOKE OUT - A 420 CELEBRATION
Victoria, British Columbia
City Hall/Centennial Square
1 Centennial Square
Calgary Meet & Greet
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Calgary City Hall:
800 Macleod Trail SE
Second annual 420 FilmFest
Submissions accepted from around the world!
More information http://www.420filmfest.org/
Victoria Park (Downtown Regina)
Free Herbal Aire Vaporizer for best sign,
with lots more prizes for other signs
Broadway and Osbourne
Noon - ?
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Live music, competitions, and more!
Must be a Green Scene Productions membership to enter
Yonge & Dundas Square
Gather Near Q107
Protest starts at 2 p.m.
Cannabis Cannon Goes Off at 4:20
Ottawa Major's Hill Park
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Parliament Hill, Ottawa
Hamilton Ferguson Station
2:00 pm Smoke Out
Prizes at 4:20pm
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Niagara Falls Hwy 420 & Victoria Ave. Parkette 2 p.m.
Smoke Out then March on Clifton Hill 3:15 p.m.
Smokeout - State Capital in Denver.
Location: Civic Center Park, (intersection of Colfax and Broadway)
The official "Smoke Out" is to occur at 4:20 in the afternoon,
but there will be tons of people hanging out and smoking in the park all day long.
RIP to Ken Gorman, the original organizer of the 4/20 smoke out event in Denver.
Boulder's Central Park
Corner Broadway & Canyon
Starting at High noon we will jam all day to peak at 4:20
Concord, New Hampshire
4:20 PM on April 20, 2010
On the steps of the State House.
116-130 U.S. 3
Concord, NH 03301
Keene, New Hampshire
right in downtown Keene.
Keene, NH 03431
Manchester, New Hampshire
Manchester: SOKE OUT 2pm
Veterans Park, right in downtown Manchester,
or Victory Park, near the N.H. Institute of Art.
Nashua, New Hampshire
The intersection of Main Street and Amherst Street.
April 20, 2010: Dan Gervais will start a long 420 walk, from Boston to Los Angeles. He calls it the War on Lies Walk. Waronlies.net
The Freedom Rally Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MASS CANN)
Location across the Common on the Carty Parade Field.
Long Island, New York
420 Party at Creek and the Cave
Location: Long Island City, NY
Event Site: www.thecreekandthecave.com
The party starts @ 4:20. Of course, drink specials.
Brooklyn, New York
Liberty Heights Tap Room
34 Van Dyke St. (corner Dwight St.)
Brooklyn, New York 11231
San Diego, California
Seedless Clothing 9th Annual 4/20 Party
Event Site: www.seedlessclothing.com
SeedLess Clothing lines Annual Party.....
C-ya there .... Think Green!!!!
Sherman Oaks, California
Faded Smoke Shop's Anniversary
& 4/20 Extraveganza
Refreshments and much more
14517 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Los Angeles, California
Sublime with Rome are back again!
The trio will be hitting the stage at The Palladium in Los Angeles, CA
Solano Patients' Group
Location: Oakland, CA
Oakland: Oaksterdam 420 Party!
Lakeside Park Garden
CSUF NORML is hosting a 4/20 Informational
Rally/Concert at the Free Speech Area on the
campus of California State University, Fresno.
4:00pm - 11pm.
San Franciso, California
Haight and Ashbury
Let's put together the worlds largest 420 celebration ever.
Craig X's smoke out
5150 Lankershim in No. Hollywood.
The Green Reefer
Event Site: www.thegreenreefer.com
Location: Green Elephant - Dallas, TX
Event Time: 9PM
NORML 4/20 event party. The Green Reefer will have a vendor booth and enjoy music and drinks with the counterculture.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
OFFICIAL 4/20 PARTY in Sioux Falls
Event Site: www.myspace.com/thequakercitynighthawks
The Lava Lounge.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Nevada NORML Presents Vegas 420 Music Fest
Event Site: http://nevadanorml.org/
The Ice House
Hosted by Puck of MTV's the Real World
4/20 & 21st @ the Ice House
Campaign to Educate II
East Court Building
101 W. Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85003
CAMP420 Meet Up Organizer
In front of the courthouse where Advocate Rex was tried and sentenced like a criminal.
Doors at 4:00pm, Show at 8 p.m.
NORML weed raffles and joint-rolling contests.
The Liberty Bell @ Independence Mall
Location: 501 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia , PA 19106
2 Day march, peace vigil and smoke-in
Churchill's 420 Festival
5501 NE 2nd Ave
Music and Smoke
4/20 BBQ Smokeout at PS14 - Miami
Dunedin, New Zealand
Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Members of Otago NORML and some students at Otago University meet every 4:20 under the Walnut tree on the Otago University Union Lawn to smoke cannabis in defiance of New Zealand's cannabis laws.
Auckland, New Zealand
The 420 group meets regularly at the Daktory
A cannabis dispensary and cannabis connoisseur's club located in the suburb of New Lynn, Waitakere City (incorporated in the Auckland metropolitan area), New Zealand.