California’s Bay Area Packs in 4/20 Events

CANNABIS CULTURE – Galvanized rather than defeated by the recent federal actions in Oakland, California and throughout the state, activists are staging a protest and a film festival in the town known as Oaksterdam this Friday, April 20.

Supporters will gather at 11 AM at the Federal Building in Oakland (1301 Clay St.) to protest the federal attack on Oaksterdam and medical cannabis. At 12 PM we will go on the march to make our views known to the President’s campaign. Participants are invited to drop by the Oaksterdam Student Union, 1915 Broadway for refreshments after 1 PM.

At 3 PM, a 4/20 Film Festival will begin, with a showing of A NORML Life, a terrific film that should be widely seen by reformers and others. It’s an upbeat, well edited, educational and entertaining movie that features interviews conducted at NORML conferences and elsewhere. Ray Manzarek of The Doors as well as activists, doctors and others make a strong case for reason and for taking action.

At 4:30 PM, California 90420 will hit the screen, as it will at theatres across the nation. Directed by one of the guys who produced the hit comedy WAITING… starring Ryan Reynolds and Justin Long, California 90420 is a character-driven, informational comedy about real people, and a glimpse into the world of weed through the eyes of Cannabis College Students and Oaksterdam University’s Chancellor and Prop 19 Spokeswoman, Dale Sky Jones. “Digging deep into California’s pot culture, California 90420 is a thoughtful document of a moment in time and a growing American sub-culture,” writes The Puffington Host.

At 6 PM, The Green Goddess will be shown as a sneak preview. The “almost true” story tells of four Northern California marijuana growers, who flee to Switzerland and grow six football fields of pot on an old Swiss farm. Their adventures take them across Europe: to a music festival in Germany, a medical marijuana clinic in London, and the coffeeshops of Amsterdam. And all the while, the Green Goddess – the divine feminine spirit that lives within the THC crystal – watches over them, choosing one lucky individual to meet her. This special screening of The Green Goddess will feature a Q&A with filmmaker Chris Iverson and other members of the cast and crew.

Tickets are $10 for the Film Festival, which benefits Oaksterdam University and California NORML. Please visit the Oaksterdam 4/20 Film Festival Facebook event page or buy tickets online.

The event will kick off the second annual Deep Green Festival on the following day in Richmond, held by the organizers of Earthdance and full of good music and speakers.

Ellen Komp is Deputy Director of California NORML and a regular contributor to Cannabis Culture. She manages the website and blogs at Tokin Woman.