Media Loves 4/20 Marijuana Celebrations

CANNABIS CULTURE – The media loves a sensational story – and what could be more sensational than hundreds of thousands of marijuana smokers lighting up simultaneously across the globe?

Some are good, some are bad, but one thing is for sure – there are a lot of them! Here are some of the many mainstream media reports on 4/20:

CLICK HERE to see photos, video and information from Vancouver’s 4/20 event on Cannabis Culture.


Vancouver pot rally draws in thousands

The smell of marijuana smoke wafted across several blocks of downtown Vancouver Wednesday as thousands gathered on the grounds outside the city’s public art gallery for annual pro-pot rally.

Dubbed the “4-20” rally, similar gatherings are held every April 20th in cities around the world to promote the legalization and acceptance of marijuana. It culminates with a giant “smoke-in” at 4:20 p.m.

There was no obvious uniformed police presence as protest songs were played, many people openly smoked marijuana and speakers called for removal of pot-related offences from the Criminal Code.

Jodie Emery, wife of Vancouver’s self-styled “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery, was among those who addressed the crowd.

“When that clock hits 4:20, and we send up a big smoke signal to celebrate our freedom let us remember those we have lost and let us fight so we don’t lose anyone else ever again,” Emery said.

– Read the whole article at CBC.


4/20 marijuana rally clouds Vancouver

Marijuana advocates from across B.C. are puffing en masse this afternoon to protest the legal prohibition of the drug.

The so called “4/20” event, held each year on April 20, is the high holiday for pot smokers.

Smoke-ins will be held in several major Canadian cities including Victoria, Toronto, with the largest expected in Vancouver.

Organizers expect up to 15,000 people to turn out at the Vancouver Art Gallery starting at noon.

Jacob Hunter said the main theme of this year’s event is to get young people out to vote in hopes of defeating Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.

“For every one young voter there are voters over the age of 65, and that’s not helping us legalize marijuana,” he told ctvbc.ca. “We want to tell them to vote for anyone but the conservatives.”

– Read the whole article at CTV.


420 celebration: marijuana with a message

Believe it or not, amid the haze of smoke there’s a sense of urgency at this afternoon’s 4-20 smoke-in at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Marijuana activist and Cannabis Culture Magazine writer Jeremiah van der Meer says speakers will be encouraging pot-lovers to vote the Stephen Harper out of power.

He says the Conservatives have done everything they can to shut the movement down.

He says the Harper conservatives are determined to put people behind bars, including mandatory minimum sentences for small marijuana offences.

There was also a chant to free the Prince of Pot, Marc Emery, who is doing time in an American prison.

– Read the whole article at CKNW.


4/20 rally draws thousands

Pot and politics were in the air Wednesday at the annual 4/20 rally, held on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Police estimated 5,000 people attended the rally, and organizers called the biggest in its 16-year history.

It was also the first time marijuana reform activist Marc Emery was not present. Emery, known for years as “The Prince of Pot” in Vancouver, is serving a five-year sentence in the US for conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

“You’re all free here today, but many people are not,” his wife, Jodie Emery, told the crowd, many of whom held “Free Marc Emery” banners.

– Read the whole article at Ubyssey.


4/20 Hashmob smokes out Dundas Square

POT USERS TURNED OUT IN DROVES TO MARK THE ANNUAL MARIJUANA HOLIDAY

Toronto pot users streamed into Dundas Square Wednesday to mark 4/20, the annual international marijuana holiday. The unofficial theme for this year’s so-called Hashmob was “I toke and I vote,” with organizers calling on Canadians to oust the Conservative government on election day in favour of a more marijuana-friendly party. Cops watched from the periphery of the square as hundreds of people flouted Canada’s in-flux cannabis laws by sparking up joints, bongs, and pipes as the clock struck 4:20, shrouding the downtown shopping district in intoxicating smoke.

“I’m here because I’m a medical marijuana patient,” said a protester who identified herself as Kat. “Even having my papers, folks are still persecuted. We’ve got a license that says we’re legally allowed to use cannabis and folks are still getting arrested and harassed by the police. I’m here to be blatant and put it out there and educate as many people as I can.”

Many protesters also called for the release of Marc Emery, the Canadian activist who is currently serving a five year sentence in the U.S. for selling marijuana seeds through the mail. But other attendees obviously had less noble motives, namely getting high as shit on the biggest joints you’ve ever seen.

– Read the whole article at NOW Magazine.


Supporters of legalizing marijuana in Arkansas rally for support

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — Supporters of the legalization of marijuana in Arkansas will gather at the Federal Courts building to rally for support.

April 20th or 4:20 is a day recognizing the consumption of cannabis.

Christine Beems says, “We have tended to associate cannabis with…lazy hippies! Let’s just say it! Potheads!”

Beems came from Shirley to demonstrate with members of the Mountain Home Teapot Party. She says legalizing marijuana would change Arkansas for the better.

“We are putting people in prison for non-violent crimes and more so we are putting people in prison for growing or consuming a plant which is essentially older than the human race. It has to stop,” says Beems.

– Read the whole article at todaysthv.com.


4/20 celebrations cast haze over cities

DENVER – Smoke could be seen rising from Denver’s Civic Center Park and the University of Colorado campus as annual 4/20 marijuana celebrations took place Wednesday afternoon.

This year’s 4/20 rallies came the day before a prominent pot legalization group holds is annual convention in Denver.

9Health Reporter Dr. John Torres says the long-term effects of smoking marijuana aren’t yet clear.

“Some studies have shown that it causes some problems in the lungs. It can cause cancers and other long-term issues like COPD or emphysema. Other studies have not shown that. And again, this is one of those things that’s very controversial,” Dr. John said.

– Read the whole article at 9news.com.


Lighting up on 4/20 [in Kelowna]

Dozens of marijuana supporters in the valley puffed away Wednesday afternoon to mark 4/20 day.

More than 60 people gathered at the Sails in downtown Kelowna to mark the marijuana celebration.

Advocates lit up at 4:20 pm to call for the legalization of the drug.

Protesters say marijuana doesn’t deserve its negative reputation.

Derek Keegan says marijuana is a natural plant and should be used instead of timber and trees to make paper.

– Read the whole article at Global.


Happy 4/20: Law Enforcement Use Pot Holiday to Bust Growers

JOHNSON COUNTY, KS—
For many people, April 20th is just another day. But for some in the cannabis world, “4/20” is considered an international holiday of sorts.

But it’s no holiday for area law enforcement, though, as officers busted dozens of marijuana grow houses across the area in “Operation Constant Gardner.” It’s all part of a multi-agency drug investigation led by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

“The drug trade is something that we battle all the time and a lot of people don’t realize that people are growing narcotics right in their neighborhood,” said Deputy Tom Erickson with the Johnson County Sheriffs Department.

 – Read the whole article at fox4kc.com.


Boulder police: Stoned teen drove into deputy’s patrol car at 4/20

A teenager who struck a Boulder County Sheriff’s Office patrol car as he left the 4/20 event at the University of Colorado this afternoon was under the influence of marijuana, Boulder police said.

Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said no one was injured in the crash, but the 17-year-old driver of a Pontiac Grand Prix was taken to Boulder Community Hospital because of “issues related to marijuana use.”

Read more: Boulder police: Stoned teen drove into deputy’s patrol car at 4/20 – Boulder Daily Camera http://www.dailycamera.com/420/ci_17893026#ixzz1KBLI29r2
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– Read the whole article at Daily Camera.


4/20 Fest: People openly smoke weed in Bakersfield park

The California 4/20 Fest came to Kern County. April 20th has become the unofficial holiday for marijuana advocates around the nation. On Wednesday, hundreds of people celebrated at Stramler Park in Bakersfield with music, food, beer and weed.

400 pre-sale tickets were sold for the event and organizers expected more than 1,000 people to arrive by the end of the night. Kymani Marley, son of Bob Marley, was scheduled to perform.

It’s the first pro-marijuana festival in Bakersfield.

Although signs out front say “no weed allowed”, it made its way inside the park.

“Legalize it” was the slogan around the entire park and it’s hard to believe its out in the open for all to see. Yet, law enforcement says thats okay.

– Read the whole article at kget.com.


Snoop Dogg celebrates counterculture holiday

Party-mad rapper Snoop Dogg posed with what appeared to be an oversized smoking device on April 20 – the unofficial marijuana appreciation day.

The 39-year-old hip hop legend posted a picture of himself wearing a white wife-beater and Adidas tracksuit bottoms along with the glass implement on Twitter.

The smoking tool has his name on it and Snoop is sat on a sofa surrounded by baseball caps.

April 20 – or 4/20 – is said to be a counterculture holiday where people gather to celebrate and smoke cannabis.
Snoop tweeted, ‘Happy 420 to d whole world from snoop dogg aka bob marley reincarnated pupils dilated!! Hahaha smoke a zip n dip to a new trip.’

– Read the whole article at Monsters & Critics.


10,000 attend annual 4-20 rally at CU-Boulder

The grass is always greener on Norlin Quad on 4/20.

As the clock struck 4:20 p.m., thousands of pot smokers took a communal toke and a giant plume of smoke formed above the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus.

“I am smoking weed like it’s oxygen,” said Robert Lodding, 21, of Chicago.

Crowds erupted into cheers at 4:20 p.m., and, by 4:21 p.m., there was a chorus of coughing.

CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard estimates that about 10,000 people were in the crowd for the unsanctioned, annual smoke-out.

– Read the whole article at Denver Post.


Do you know the significance of 4/20?

April 20th may not mean much to you, but it means a lot to the marijuana-smoking community.

4:20 is typically the time of day for pot-smokers to light up.

And April 20th, 4/20 so to speak, is a sort of unofficial weed-smoking day for those who illegally enjoy marijuana.

Most people we found had never heard of 4/20.

But some people, even some who don’t smoke, know all about it.

“420 is the official day to get high, for those who smoke marijuana,” said Morgan Crane.

– Read the whole article at FOX28.


Pot rally in Roanoke on 4/20

ROANOKE, Va—Should marijuana be legal?

That question got a lot of attention on WDBJ7’s Facebook page. More than 130 people left comments.

On Wednesday, the Roanoke Teapot Party held a rally to raise awareness and support.

“I shouldn’t be arrested for it,” says organizer David Martin, “I shouldn’t pay a fine for doing it. It’s a plant.”

The rally was held on April 20 because 420 is slang for smoking up pot.

About 40 people attended the rally at Elmwood Park. Some held signs by the road asking drivers to honk the horn in support.

 – Read the whole article at WDBJ7.com.


4/20 supporters light up for legalization [in Arizona]

Students looking up at “A” Mountain on their daily commute might have noticed something a little different Wednesday morning.

The “A,” which is usually painted a golden-yellow, was bedecked in Rastafarian colors of red, green and yellow in honor of what pot advocates refer to as Marijuana Freedom Day.

Though smoking marijuana is still illegal for those without a medical marijuana card, members of a pro-marijuana club got together on ASU’s Tempe campus to celebrate 4/20.

The event was hosted by ASU’s chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, as a way to not only commemorate the marijuana culture but to spark people’s interest in the campaign to legalize marijuana.

– Read the whole article at StatePress.

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