April 20th draws near, and with this particular date comes a celebration day that is of paramount importance for every cannabis enthusiast in the world. In countries where the use of marijuana has already been legalized, people treat 4/20 as an occasion to celebrate this important moment in our history. For the rest of the world, where cannabis remains illegal, 4/20 is a manifesto and a call to action.
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Canada is on its way to legalize recreational weed nationwide, and although the legalization has been postponed, Canadians may expect marijuana to be legal by the end of the Summer. For them, 4/20 is still a call to action.
How to celebrate 4/20 in Canada? What are the best places to light up during that day? And most importantly, where did the 420 term come from?
It’s history time, folks!
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The origins of 420 are, least to say, misty. Back in time, people believed it to be a secret code for police when they found someone with marijuana. A weirder explanation has it that the term arose from one of Bob Dylan’s songs, namely “Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35.” Remember the refrain of “Everybody must get stoned?” People paired it with 420 being the product of 12 x 35 and there you have it – but it’s quite a tinfoil-hat-talk, isn’t it?
It goes without saying that neither of these explanations is credible. Nevertheless, in recent years, we have finally learned the true story behind 420.
It dates back to the 1971, when a group of cannabis lovers from San Rafael High School in California were afraid of getting busted for marijuana possession; and thus, one of the brothers came up with a quick “call to action”. The group called themselves Waldos.
After one of their football classes, the group would meet at the statue of Louis Pasteur at 4:20 p.m. to search for a patch of cannabis they had previously lost in the woods. Although they never found the patch, the meeting point and its date became the secret code for their green meetings. At the beginning, they would say “420 Louie” but then it turned into just “420” and nothing else.
And as you may guess, the story took on a life of its own.
How to Celebrate 4/20 in Canada?
Each year, cities in Canada are crowded with locals and tourists on april 20th. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the right time and place, you’re going to have a great time enjoying your herb with other cannabis enthusiasts who can’t wait for the legalization of weed.
Below you will find the list of all major cities that openly celebrate 4/20 in Canada. Festivals, food feasts, live music, weed-themed parties, and a storm of phytocannabinoids – that’s what you can expect from Canada on 4/20.
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Vancouver is home to the legendary event at 1204 Beach Avenue hosted by Cannabis Culture Magazine which is owned by two cannabis activists, Marc and Jodie Emery. It’s a heaven on Earth for weed lovers from Canada.
Why? Because it gathers massive crowds of marijuana enthusiasts who come there to share their love for weed, listen to peaceful music, and enjoy the beautiful weather, and participate in plenty of stoner activities brought to them by promoters.
Besides, let’s be honest: is there a better place to celebrate 4/20 than by the beachside?
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It’s said that birds of a feather flock together, and here’s a pair of such birds: Toronto and weed. In Toronto, 420 is always stuffed with people celebrating the date in the very city centre, which causes massive issues with traffic flow. But hey, there are better ways to spend 4/20 than to drive a car on a crowded street; especially when April 20th coincides with the annual marijuana march. The event includes comedians, live concerts, street performances, and lots of slutty food to indulge in.
If you consider yourself a true cannabis activist, consider paying a visit to O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo. The conference highlights the possible future of cannabis after the legalization, including entrepreneurs and business-minds talking about opportunities to grow new brands under the cannabis leaf.
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Calgary is home to the largest and most popular dispensaries in the city, the 420 Clinic. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, or the name really has something to do with celebrating 4/20 in Calgary, but this year will give us a gathering in Inglewood in the aforementioned dispensary. You can be more than sure that the event will bring many people who like to get medicated. But if you want to get educated, too, it may be just the perfect opportunity to learn something new about our beloved plant.
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Looking for one of the most weed-friendly cities in Canada? Well, you might want to consider visiting Montreal, then. Here, in the French part of Canada, you can take part in a very laid back 4/20 gathering right near the Mount Royal monument. People come here to sit on cozy blankets, light up, and share their goodies with other participants. It’s a perfect event to engage in some inspiring conversations with fellow weed lovers; right on the bounty of nature.
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Speaking of inspiring conversations and calls to action, one simply cannot miss the 420 gathering on parliament hill, where large crowds gather to protest for the nationwide decriminalization and legalization of cannabis. Since we’ve never been this close to legalizing weed in Canada, this year’s event will be much more crowded and intense.
Kelowna & Niagara Falls
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If you savor picturesque views of lakes and parks, wait no more and head to the City Park on the Okangan Lake, where the 420 event takes place. It’s a beautiful location for every weed lover who likes to celebrate this date close to nature.
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Speaking of which, 4/20 wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Niagara Falls, would it? This year’s event will focus on the nationwide decriminalization of cannabis, including people who are still in federal prison because of the current legislation on marijuana.
What are your favorite cities to celebrate 4/20 in Canada? What is your go-to activity for this day?