What is 4/20? Everything you need to know about the cannabis holiday

Though it might be new to Louisiana cannabis supporters, 4/20 has been celebrated for a while now. And, even though marijuana is still illegal under Federal law, many states have made it either completely legal or legal for medical purposes. As of this writing, 15 states have legalized it for medical and recreational use and 36 have legalized for medical use only. The only real question is, why is it celebrated on April 20th?

Steven Hager, a former editor of the marijuana-focused news outlet High Timestold the New York Times that the date of the holiday was in honor of a ritual started by a group of high school students in the ‘70s. The California students smoked marijuana every day at 4:20 pm. The ritual spread, and soon 420 became code for the time to smoke. Eventually 420 was converted into 4/20 for calendar purposes, and the day of celebration was born. 

Another common belief is that 420 was the California police or penal code for marijuana, but there’s no evidence to support those claims.

Whatever the origin, 420 has become an international symbol for cannabis consumption and a date to celebrate legal strides in celebrations all over the world. In addition to celebrations, 4/20 is also a popular day for protests and public awareness of the continuing struggle for federal legalization. 

As marijuana continues to be decriminalized and legalized around the world, Steve DeAngelo, cannabis activist and founder of California’s Harborside Health Center, notes that, “even if our activist work were complete, 420 morphs from a statement of conscience to a celebration of acceptance, a celebration of victory, a celebration of our amazing connection with this plant.”

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Not a comprehensive list, but here are a few publicized events celebrating 420 in Louisiana with education, festivals, food, and more. Click the name for directions and more information:

April 20th, ENTERING CANNABIS: The Global Landscape – LIVE 4/20 Summit – Louisiana

April 20th, The SoundCLASH x The Dragon’s Den Presents Urbal Essence 420 Festival

April 20th, 4/20 CRAWFISH BOIL, Triangle Ridge Bar, River View Louisiana

April 20th, 5o420 FESTIVAL, Armstrong Park, New Orleans