4/20: Smoke Out The Globe

CANNABIS CULTURE – Four-Twenty, or 4/20, or April 20th, is the world-recognized international day of celebration for the planet’s estimated 250,000,000 members of the cannabis culture.

It’s time to celebrate our cannabis culture! Share your thoughts, photos, videos, and stories about YOUR 4/20! Check out the Official 4/20 Thread in the CC Forums!


It is interesting that most of the official reports and rumors about the origins of 4/20 trace directly back to ‘The Waldos’ in San Rafael High School in 1971. ‘The Waldos’ have many items of date-documented evidence, some from the San Rafael Police department, proving that they would smoke cannabis at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur at 4:20pm everyday. It passed from those high school students, into the 70’s Grateful Dead culture where it spread all across the United States.

The students there may have been inspired by an older reference, like H.P. Lovecraft’s mention of the time in the story “In the Walls of Eryx”, in which a man exploring the planet Venus encounters a “mirage-plant” and begins to see “dancing lights” and “shimmering spectral scenery”. After regaining his senses, he realizes it is 4:20.

Over 35 alternative stories, legends, rumors about the origins of 420 are known to circulate, including in the mainstream media, but the simple explanation above is most likely the correct history. Other purported sources for 4/20 are Bob Dylan’s song Rainy Day Woman #12 & #35. 12 x 35 = 420. The song is more commonly known as Everybody Must Get Stoned. Written in 1965, it would be the oldest and most compelling of the competing 4/20 legends. Another is the song written by John Lennon for Tim Leary’s aborted run for California Governor in 1969, Come Together, is 4 minutes, twenty seconds long.

By the early 1990’s, 4:20pm was the toke of the day, with the cannabis siesta at 4:20am. In the late 1990’s, spontaneous groups of 10’s, dozens, and hundreds of people in cities around the world began a tradition.

The actual 4/20 day, as a celebration taking up all or various parts of the day, started in Vancouver in 1995. The HEMP BC store, Marc Emery’s original hemp store in Vancouver, was staffed by Grateful Deadheads. Marc Emery recalls:

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.”

“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.”

Rebuffed, Ms. Rosek then asked “Can we just go ahead and do it anyway even if you don’t approve?” So I said yes and the staff organized the first April 20 celebration I ever heard of, at Victory Square/Park next door.

200 people came that April 20, 1995 and it was a lovely time, with music starting at 2pm and going till 7pm. In 1996, over 500 people came to Victory Park and smoked pot all day with the event starting at noon. It was decided that Victory Square was too small for the 1997 April 20 smoke-fest, so the traditional political rally location of the Vancouver Art Gallery, in downtown Vancouver’s financial district, was the site of the 1997 4/20 celebration. Over 1,000 people attended the 1997 Vancouver 4/20 and was widely covered in media and the phenomonon began to spread to other locations across North America.

These days, if the weather is fine, tokers around the globe jam into their main city square, beginning in the early afternoon, finally climaxing with massive simultaneous smoke-outs at 4:20pm every April 20th!

4/20 2010

What’s going on in the cannabis culture today near you?

Here is the Cannabis Culture 411 for 4/20:

Ganja get-togethers will be protesting the unjust prohibition of cannabis by proudly promoting and puffing in cities across Canada, the United States and the World.

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.

Many well-known tourist’s traps have been targeted for toking in North America, from Toronto’s Yonge and Dundas Square, to Denver’s Civic Center Park, to the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, all the way to Vancouver’s Art Gallery and many more…

If you have any Pot Pictures, Video or Stories from any of the Global 420 celebrations, please forward them to us at cannabisculture.com or POT.TV. Photos can be emailed to: [email protected]

Don’t forget to attent a separate event, the Global Marijuana March, 10 days after 4/20 in Toronto (Saturday May 1st 2010).

Dates are Tuesday April 20th 2010, unless otherwise noted..


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

Victoria, British Columbia
City Hall/Centennial Square
1 Centennial Square
Victoria, BC

Calgary, Alberta
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/

Regina, Saskatchewan
Victoria Park (Downtown Regina)
Free Herbal Aire Vaporizer for best sign,
with lots more prizes for other signs

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Legislative Building
Broadway and Osbourne
Noon – ?

Thunder Bay, Ontario
KUSH Loungue
Live music, competitions, and more!
Must be a Green Scene Productions membership to enter
Email [email protected]

Toronto, Ontario
SMOKEOUT hashmob.ca
Yonge & Dundas Square
Gather Near Q107
Protest starts at 2 p.m.
Cannabis Cannon Goes Off at 4:20
Yongesterdam, Toronto

Ottawa, Ontario
Ottawa Major’s Hill Park
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Hamilton, Ontario
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.


Denver, Colorado
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, Colorado
Boulder’s Central Park
Corner Broadway & Canyon
Starting at Highnoon 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
Central Square,
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
Library Hill,
The intersection of Main Street and Amherst Street.

Boston, Massachusetts
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
Huge Raffle
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
[email protected]

Oakland, California
Solano Patients’ Group
Location: Oakland, CA
Oakland: Oaksterdam 420 Party!
Lakeside Park Garden

Fresno, California
4/20 Fest
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.

Hollywood, California
Craig X’s smoke out
5150 Lankershim in No. Hollywood.

Dallas, Texas
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

Phoenix, Arizona
Campaign to Educate II
East Court Building
101 W. Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Rain Baker
CAMP420 Meet Up Organizer
In front of the courthouse where Advocate Rex was tried and sentenced like a criminal.

Springfield, Missouri
Remmington’s Downtown
Doors at 4:00pm, Show at 8 p.m.
NORML weed raffles and joint-rolling contests.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Liberty Bell @ Independence Mall
Location: 501 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia , PA 19106
2 Day march, peace vigil and smoke-in

Miami, Florida
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.



  1. Anonymous on

    How are medical cannabis nonsmokers able to participate in what appears to be a recreational event. 421 has a point. Morphine and cocaine and amphetamines have remained in the pharmacopeia and are used medically every day in and out of Canadian hospitals and hospices.

    421 should organize a rally for his alcoholic friends where they wage war, torture prisoners and rape and pillage; you know regular alcohol culture stuff.

  2. Anonymous on

    Los Angeles was dead. Thanks to this dumb article I went to the Sherman Oaks gathering and it was a closed storefront. Then went to the North Hollywood location to find the same. How about getting your facts straight for these events, I dont like wasting gas.

  3. Anonymous on

    From City TV:

    A pro-marijuana rally is the last place most ‘smokers’ want to see the police, but that rapidly changed on Tuesday after someone pulled out a gun during a 4:20 demonstration at Yonge-Dundas Square.

    Details remain sketchy, but it appears that a male suspect pulled out the weapon, causing a wave of panic as the crowd tried to disperse. Another man (pictured below) was cut in the head when he was apparently pistol whipped by the suspect.

    “I just seen him and he pulled out a gun and tried to shoot, so I just jumped on him,” the bleeding man told CityNews before going to the hospital.

    “Innocent people could have got shot,” he friend noted.

    It’s not yet clear what sparked the confrontation at the otherwise peaceful rally, but police have confirmed that no shots were fired.

  4. Anonymous king pin on

    Athens is 420 RASTA 24/7 360 days a year mon !!!

  5. Anonymous on

    420 on the infamous ” BONG HILL” in Athens Ohio -Ohio University #5 party school in the US !!!!! Meigs County GOLD !!!!

  6. Anonymous on

    Are you for real guys? Hyde Park today? What time?

  7. Anonymous on

    Are you for real guys? Hyde Park today? What time?

  8. Anonymous on


  9. Anonymous on

    washington monument 1pm today. shhhh

  10. Anonymous on

    We have a smoke out on the national mall, right in front of the national monument, i believe it starts @ about 1pm today….

  11. Bruce in Tucson on

    Let’s make THIS 4/20
    in memory of Jack Herer
    in honor of Marc Emery.

    Enjoy the day !
    Jah love.

  12. Anonymous on

    anyone doing anything then??

    Am in Hants at the mo, but can jump on a train.. got some good shizzle as well to celebrate with ;O)

  13. vancouver on

    the post says free weed at the vancouver art gallery….is this true?

  14. David762 on

    I haven’t seen any such activity listed here for Washington, DC, so it is either very ad hoc and low key, or else nonexistent. Probably too close to the “hot seat of power” to provide any public advance notice — too bad, because Washington, DC could conceivably be the 15th “state” to actually legalize Medical Marijuana.

  15. Anonymous on

    Here’s my plan for avoiding unpleasant jail time on 4/20 at Parliament Hill. It’s called the “air Canada maneuver”. Everyone who plans to smoke out the hill should be given a helium balloon with a roach clip on the end of the string. See a cop coming your way, release the balloon with your cargo. What are the cops gonna do, shoot them down in public and risk the bullets coming down on somebody’s head? Nope, you get away clean. Just my suggestion. Maybe the cops won’t even bother you but with Harper around I’m betting on a group beating and pepper spraying.

  16. Anonymous on

    hyde park, not sure what time. sick, what if we see eachother? maybe we should all have red balloons or something? we could hang XD

  17. Blaze Daily on

    Hey, let’s try not to turn this into yet another commercialized holiday where every business with or without hemp connections ramps up their business operations by waving the 4/20 flag.

  18. Tacoma Hemp Company on

    not sure where the big recreational event will be for Tacoma, but my shop is hosting a 4/20 party all day for MMJ patients here.
    Tacomahempcompany.com has some info or check out our facebook page for info..
    good to see all the events everywhere!!

  19. K. Williams on

    Whats wrong with Hippies?

  20. bud-ding on

    I havn’t heard of anything, maybe we should get some people togther?

  21. Jordan on

    Every year many people gather in Victoria Park for 4:20 celebrations in London Ontario, if this is close enough for you.

  22. Anonymous on

    3:00 pm
    Tuesday, April 20th

    I’ll be there !
    Bringing a homemade sign too.

  23. Georgia on

    Does anyone know if theres any 420 stuff happening in London/UK.

    Peace & Love 🙂

  24. Keish on

    Does anyone know of any events in Orlando, FL????

  25. Anonymous on

    Add Edmonton, Alberta to that list. It will be held behind the legislature and people start showing up around 1.

  26. Bruce from Tucson on
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  28. Anonymous on

    Dress up! Dress to impress!
    Imagine how great a message it would be if everyone showed up in formal wear! We’re normal, well adjusted, and successful people… not weirdos!

  29. Ian on

    Dressing to impress shows the world that normal everyday people smoke pot. That way they don’t simply think all pot smokers are “hippies”.

  30. Anonymous on

    I don’t know of any happening in Kitchener, but every year Guelph University has a great 420 celebration infront of Johnston Hall on the massive green field. Enjoy!

  31. HugoDavidGutiérrez on

    Right here at Guadalajara Mexico we´ve been celebrating 4/20 since 10 years agó with a lot of tequila and beatiful señoritas!! Long live to CannabisCulture around the world !!!

  32. Ron Cruh on

    Tue, Apr 20
    Doors at 6:30PM Stubb’s (Outdoor) Austin, TX All Ages $25.00 – $30.00

    ill be there puffin and passin’

  33. 421 on

    april 21st come out to my place at yonge and sherlawn to celebrate crack day. please people the world is watching us all dress the crack whores up a bit and share for god sakes. together we will build crack bricks together and stand tall and hard with the healing power of this magical stone. half smoked cigarette butts will be provided to the first 300 attendies. for more info call

  34. Worm on

    Is tye-dye not part of the cannibas culture? Let them watch we should not have to change who we are.


  35. Anonymous on

    Does anybody know of anything going on in Lethbridge on 420? I am a student here and would love to get together with some fellow smokers 🙂

  36. Anonymous on

    Enjoy yourselves, always be courteous and maybe consider leaving the ‘tie-dye’ at home this year, folks. The world is watching!

  37. JSpiff on

    I really wish they would organize one at UMD Maryland College Park because i would attend and we need to organize our power, with medical marijuana laws floatin around our government


    GREEN SCENE PRODUCTIONS -http://sites.google.com/site/greensceneproductions/


    420 in Thunder Bay, Ontario is happening at the KUSH Loungue.
    It will feature live music, competitions, and more! Must be a Green Scene Productions membership to enter. Email [email protected]

  40. Anonymous on

    Come One, Come All
    Starts pretty slowly around noon to 1 o’clock at the legislative building on Broadway and Osbourne. Then police come and watch a bunch of underage kids try and sell weed. So bring your own herb.

    Otherwise its a great place to speak out! Please remember pick up your garbage this year!

  41. renney b on

    this is it cannabis culture; this is the day that will change the world or rather heal the world forever… i will be there jah willing…

  42. OnyxAbyss on

    Anyone know of any specific location in the Kitchener/Waterloo area of Ontario?

  43. Christopher Goodwin on

    I asked Jeremiah to include Victoria. And we will edit this article as more 420 destinations become public…

  44. kristen on

    There is usually a spontaneous 420 of around 1000 people at City Hall/Centennial Square in Victoria, BC