420 did it! April 20th highlights and photos across America
Stoner Christmas came and went yesterday and the presents were gone as soon as they were opened.
Millions of cannabis fans in the US and millions more worldwide packed bowls, laughed at comedy shows, broadcast a concert or two live, or just watched a movie for 420’s unofficial Stoner vacation.
In the east coast time zones, weed sessions began before dawn and continued in the west after dark. While most were celebrated at home, a few scattered public events helped make the second 420 pandemic a memorable one.
The Stoner Code for “Time to Get High” 420 began 50 years ago this year and slowly evolved over the decades from an underground signal to a cultural rally for cannabis liberation.
People ignited joints, pipes, bongs, bubblers, and bitten foods, or hit vape pens at exactly 4:20 p.m. in each time zone. (And let’s be honest, they smoked a lot before and after.)
The morning of 420
East Coasters began partying at 4:20 a.m. or 1:20 p.m. PST, and legal stores opened after daybreak. Maine had its first legal sales of 420 ever.
On the west coast, stores opened at 8 a.m. and blasted through their early bird customers but stayed lively all day.
The doors opened at 8 a.m. on Tuesday on the west coast and the masked crowds were ready. (David Downs / Leafly)
Hippie Hill, the Golden Gate Park’s famous hangout for decades from 420, stayed closed this year.
Check out the tall fences that have been built around Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park in #SanFrancisco. The city hopes that people will celebrate safely at home instead of gathering in groups. Virtual events: https://t.co/lWEIHWgISC#four20 # 420day pic.twitter.com/UuRwVdFGue
– Sara Stinson (@SaraStinsonNews) April 20, 2021
One of America’s oldest pharmacies, The Vapor Room, blew us away with an eerie numerology.
The 420 nibbles fly
Every year our baked brothers bring a more robust culinary offering.
This year, Jack in the Box, the fine dining restaurant, launched the Chick-N-Tater Melt Munchie Meal. Meanwhile, Fatburger had burgers valued at $ 4.20 (down from $ 8). And Shake Shack worked with delivery service Postmates and rapper Action Bronson.
420 fell on Taco Tuesday this year, a victory for all of humanity.
Chicken and Tater Tots combined at Jack in the Box Tuesday. (Jumping devil)
A pop culture parade
Actors, musicians, models and brands love a good 420.
All things considered, comedian Chelsea Handler kept it tame.
Alicia Silverstone gave us an unsuspecting look back.
I had to share this … I mean, it’s 4/20 .. .. # 420day #Clueless pic.twitter.com/TNzUwjoivG
– Alicia Silverstone (@AliciaSilv) April 20, 2021
And many fabulous celebs wished the world a happy 420 including Kerry Washington, GZA, El-P, Killer Mike, and Lauren Jauregui.
Happy 4/20 🔥🔥🔥 #LittleFiresEverywhere # 420day pic.twitter.com/DYio3LFGpx
– Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) April 20, 2021
Happy # 420 💨 pic.twitter.com/6cchagVa0i
– GZA (@TheRealGZA) April 20, 2021
# Happy420 It is my birth day and I am really blessed. Thank you to everyone who shows love. I am always overwhelmed, humble and grateful!
– Killer Mike (@KillerMike) April 20, 2021
Potent Comedy Central classic Workaholics dropped a supercut of herbal memories.
Rotten tomatoes remembered a moment from Mr. Lebowski.
420 is a day to floss your gear – your best floral print, a crispy cap, or a clean bong. Comedian and “adult woman who deserves respect” Dana Donnelly looked fantastic while doing it.
happy 420 from my family to you 💖 pic.twitter.com/FsfS6iEyTs
– Dana Donnelly (@danadonly) April 20, 2021
Social media influencer Coral Reefer has met solar bowls on gravity bong hits.
The real hippies Nikki and Swami from Swami Select wished everyone a happy 4/20 from their farm in the Emerald Triangle.
Stunting for the plant
No 420 is completely without publicity stunts. (I mean, Leafly gave away weeds for a year.)
Similarly, the New Yorkers made joints for vaccination against shock.
And Heath Scott of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, rolled a 150 foot long hemp joint.
Of course, Snoop released a new album. It’s called From Tha Streets 2 Tha Suites and features Devin The Dude, Kokane, Goldie Loc, Big Tray Deee, Mozzy, Larry June, Prohoezak, and J Black.
Actor Jaleel White returned in the Steve Urkel costume and took some weed photos with Snoop Dog to promote his PurpL, 710 Labs’ new weed brand.
And over at the Verzuz rap battle station, Method Man and Redman repeated Method & Red with guests on EPMD, Inspectah Deck and K-Solo. Snoop agrees.
2021 includes a strange cyberpunk dystopia, so:
Calls for the weed-free to ring
420 arrives in the air across the country to reform marijuana law. The SAFE Banking Act was passed again this week. The Senate is revising the MORE law.
The damn Senate leader tweeted, “Happy 420”.
And the Texas lawmaker James Talarico introduced a law to legalize the conservative state.
After New York, Virginia, and New Mexico were legalized earlier this year, Leafly CEO Yoko Miyashita advocated legalizing Pennsylvania to improve social justice and public safety.
Yoko Miyashita, CEO of Leafly in Pennsylvania, supported cannabis reform on Tuesday. (Leafly)
Forbes writer Will Yakowicz listed this as the last illegal 420 in the US.
Meanwhile, protesters in New Jersey were looking for freedom to grow their own in the newly legal Garden State.
In the afternoon, many Twitter users were happy when a Minnesota jury convicted the officer who murdered George Floyd. Observers noted that the jury sentenced the embarrassed officer (aka “put away” or “smoke”) to 420 and estimated the timing.
good that it’s 420 and that Darek Chauvin Pack # ripbozo👎😹👎 pic.twitter.com/FBU3tNtwmj smokes
– Jay ™ @ (@ 100kProd) April 20, 2021
A policeman will go to jail at 420.
– Brian (@wobbledropkila) April 20, 2021
Others noted that the pipeline between weed and jail in America is still flowing. Marijuana arrests are the most common drug arrest, and drug arrests are the most common type of arrest made by the police.
The clock strikes at 4:20 pm
When the clock struck 4:20 p.m., it quickly became hazy.
The 420 Even Higher Together livestream included Too $ hort (who is releasing a new herb) chatting with Ms. Pat.
Comedian Pat interviews rapper Too Short live before 4:20 p.m. (420 even higher together)
The musician Jhene Aiko kept the mood on the west coast so relaxed just a few minutes before 4:20 a.m.
Jhene Aiko and band increase the 420 livestream vibrations. (420 even higher together)
And over in San Francisco at the dual, live, and pay-per-view comedy review Couch Locked by Cookies, THC permeated the air, the crowd, and several early cast members. The Bay Area weed had cast members tripping.
“What the hell are you smoking in the bay?” the comedian Teddy Ray from Los Angeles wondered.
Headlining Bob Saget worked with the frozen crowd. It wasn’t apathy, he observed, but bliss.
Comedian Bob Saget was just glad he wasn’t banned on Tuesday. (via Couch Locked Netowrk)
“You’re stoned like shit and it’s beautiful,” he said. “This is the worst way to do comedy, but the best.”
“There’s so much damn pot on my face right now, holy shit, you guys fart edibles.”
Insulting comedian Jeff Ross really solved the mystery of a mega-rocky crowd by mixing simple musical comedies and quick roast audience members.
And just like a joint, it was gone.
April 20th may already be a hazy memory, but the cannabis liberation movement it symbolizes marches on.
See you next year when we can hopefully all get back together.
David Downs directs news and lifestyle coverage as chief of the California Bureau for Leafly.com. He has written for WIRED, Rolling Stone and Billboard and is the former cannabis editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and author of several cannabis books including ‘Marijuana Harvest’ by Ed Rosenthal and David Downs. He is the co-host of the Hash Podcast. TW: @davidrdowns | IG @daviddowns
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