In true Roaring 20s fashion, cannabis users are ready to put use to their meticulously stockpiled stash of smokables and edibles to celebrate 4/20 in the face of the government trying to control everything else around us. The best part? Because it’s the good year of our lord 2020, 420 lasts for the entire month of April!
While most dispensaries are completely swamped right now, a couple of them have already listed some specials for Snoop Dogg’s favorite holiday (besides any day when he can make mashed potatoes with Martha Stewart).
Urban Wellness is going out the gate hot with plenty of different options. Today and Saturday (until it’s gone) you can get half an ounce of Pre Pack City Slicker for $90 and Midnight Snack for $8 a gram. Then on Sunday, April 19, all online orders will be 15 percent off. On Monday, April 20, select strains of flower will be $30 all day along, select wax will be $46 for 1.5 grams and all PURE products will be on sale.
Organtica is doing giveaways all month long. Any orders placed through their online platform will enter customers in their ongoing raffles throughout the month of April.
Minerva is paying it forward by giving 15 percent of their total sales on the big day to a local food bank in Santa Fe.
Once you have your supplies, the socially distanced festivities can commence! The Highstream 420 Festival will be jamming from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST and features performances by Melissa Etheridge, Disco Biscuits, Ape Drums and The Pharcyde. You can participate in online workshops, panels, and demos all while benefitting COVID-19 relief efforts.
On Netflix, Kelis’s new miniseries, “Cooked with Cannabis,” will premier as the midnight bell tolls for 420 to begin. Enjoy a different cast of dinner guests self-medicating while they eat food prepared by Chef Leather Storrs every episode.
A smattering of other artists will be streaming concert footage until we can escape our domestic shackles, including Radiohead, Billie Joe Armstrong, Metallica, Dr. Dre and more.
For those of us with medical cards, it’s our civic duty to not let this pandemic get in the way of honoring a sacred tradition that dates back to 1971. Those high school kids meeting up to smoke cannabis at 4:20 p.m. every day in California did so while the war on marijuana raged everywhere around them.
“Back in the 1970s, we did what we needed to do to adapt to the environment—all the drug suppression,” Waldo Steve Capper–one of the original members of the 420 group–told Leafly. “We figured out a code to be able to talk amongst ourselves in that environment.”
In honor of the Waldos–who first bestowed up on us the term “420”–let’s continue the tradition, but utterly isolated in the confines of our homes, watching one of the many streaming options available all day long. We can worry about the rest of our problems on April 21.