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Stoners around the U.S. and Canada celebrate 420 day after ten states legalize recreational weed

Stoners from around the United States and Canada are celebrating 420 day after ten American states legalized recreational weed and another 14 decriminalized the drug. 

Pot heads attended huge public events in Denver, Colorado, San Francisco, California and the National Cannabis Festival in Washington, DC to puff up in unison. 

The celebrations were bigger than ever this year after ten US states and Washington DC legalized recreational marijuana in the past few years, with many more decriminalizing. 

Smokers posted their festivities online as marijuana users celebrated their love of the drug on April 20.  

Stoners have for decades celebrated their love of the drug on this day, but the once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it.

Stoners from around the U.S. and Canada are celebrating 4/20 day after ten American states legalized recreational weed and another 14 decriminalized the drug. An inflatable shaped like a joint is tossed above the crowd in Vancouver, British Columbia

Budtender CJ Raye prepares Marijuana samples at the Welcome to Cannacity - 'She's Smokin' Event on Saturday in California

Budtender CJ Raye prepares Marijuana samples at the Welcome to Cannacity – ‘She’s Smokin’ Event on Saturday in California

Thousands of stoners from around the US are celebrating 420 day after ten states legalized recreational weed

Thousands of stoners from around the US are celebrating 420 day after ten states legalized recreational weed

A woman smokes during the annual 420 marijuana celebration in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday

A woman smokes during the annual 420 marijuana celebration in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday 

Marijuana users have for decades celebrated their love of the drug on April 20, including this woman in Vancouver Saturday

Marijuana users have for decades celebrated their love of the drug on April 20, including this woman in Vancouver Saturday 

Instagram user @shawn_chimney celebrates 420 Day on April 20, 2019 in Brooklyn. Marijuana normalization has snowballed since 2012, when Colorado and Washington were the first states to legalize recreational use

Instagram user @shawn_chimney celebrates 420 Day on April 20, 2019 in Brooklyn. Marijuana normalization has snowballed since 2012, when Colorado and Washington were the first states to legalize recreational use

Instagram user @thehospitality206 celebrates 420 Day in Los Angeles. Medical marijuana is now legal in two-thirds of the states, with conservative-leaning Utah and Oklahoma among recent additions

Instagram user @thehospitality206 celebrates 420 Day in Los Angeles. Medical marijuana is now legal in two-thirds of the states, with conservative-leaning Utah and Oklahoma among recent additions

In Canada, it marked the first 420 Day since the country legalized recreational pot at the end of last year.  

WHAT IS 4/20 DAY?

April 20 is an annual holiday celebrated by marijuana enthusiasts across the US and around the world.

Though the origins of ‘420’ as numerical code for smoking marijuana are fuzzy and disputed, some believe it originated with a group of high school friends in 1970s California, who would meet up at 4.20pm to smoke weed after classes. 

On Saturday, Lyft offered a $4.20 credit on a single ride in Colorado and in select cities in the U.S. and Canada. 

Carl’s Jr. is using a Denver restaurant to market a hamburger infused with CBD, a non-intoxicating molecule found in cannabis that many believe is beneficial to their health.

Marijuana normalization has snowballed since 2012, when Colorado and Washington were the first states to legalize recreational use. Eight more followed, including California, Oregon and Michigan. 

Medical marijuana is now legal in two-thirds of the states, with conservative-leaning Utah and Oklahoma among recent additions.  

Meantime, the CBD market has exploded. CBD oil can be found in candies, coffee and other food, drinks and dietary supplements, along with perfume, lotions, creams and soap. Proponents say CBD helps with pain, anxiety and inflammation, though limited scientific research supports those claims.

U.S. retail sales of cannabis products jumped to $10.5 billion last year, a threefold increase from 2017, according to data from Arcview Group, a cannabis investment and market research firm. The figures do not include retail sales of hemp-derived CBD products.  

A man exhales while smoking during the annual 420 marijuana celebration in Vancouver, British Columbia. In Canada, it marked the first 420 Day since the country legalized recreational pot at the end of last year

A man exhales while smoking during the annual 420 marijuana celebration in Vancouver, British Columbia. In Canada, it marked the first 420 Day since the country legalized recreational pot at the end of last year

A woman throws free joints into the crowd during the annual 4-20 marijuana celebration in Vancouver. It was the first year Canadians could recreational marijuana following a nearly century-long ban

A woman throws free joints into the crowd during the annual 4-20 marijuana celebration in Vancouver. It was the first year Canadians could recreational marijuana following a nearly century-long ban

Smoke hangs over the crowd as people smoke at 4:20 p.m. during the annual 4-20 marijuana celebration '420 Day' demonstration in Vancouver, Canada. Thousands celebrated there after the country officially became the first industrialized nation to legalize the drug in October 2018

Smoke hangs over the crowd as people smoke at 4:20 p.m. during the annual 4-20 marijuana celebration ‘420 Day’ demonstration in Vancouver, Canada. Thousands celebrated there after the country officially became the first industrialized nation to legalize the drug in October 2018

Landon Phillips exhales while smoking during the annual 4-20 marijuana celebration in Vancouver, British Columbia

Landon Phillips exhales while smoking during the annual 4-20 marijuana celebration in Vancouver, British Columbia

People try to catch free joints that were thrown into the crowd during the annual 4-20 marijuana celebration in Vancouver on Saturday. Countries around the globe, many of whom are just approving medical marijuana, are watching Canada's recreational legalization, which combines federal rules with varying provincial regulations

People try to catch free joints that were thrown into the crowd during the annual 4-20 marijuana celebration in Vancouver on Saturday. Countries around the globe, many of whom are just approving medical marijuana, are watching Canada’s recreational legalization, which combines federal rules with varying provincial regulations

Verano Holdings, whose businesses include cannabis shops, sponsors street festivals in Chicago and Tulsa, Oklahoma, where attendees can learn about marijuana products, listen to music and grab a bite. 

The company expects this Saturday’s festival in Chicago, going on its third year, will draw more than 4,000 people. Last year, it drew 1,500, said Tim Tennant, Verano’s chief marketing officer.

In San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Hippie Hill will again be the site of a 420 celebration. Last year, more than 15,000 attended the event, which has transformed from a small informal gathering into a full-blown festival of corporate sponsors and commercial booths selling smoking devices, T-shirts and food.

As pot heads congregated April 20 meant big business for the dispensaries in the states where it is legal. 

Budtender CJ Raye prepares Marijuana samples at the Welcome to Cannacity - 'She's Smokin' Event on Saturday in LA

Budtender CJ Raye prepares Marijuana samples at the Welcome to Cannacity – ‘She’s Smokin’ Event on Saturday in LA

Comedian Jeffrey Peterson performs at the Welcome to Cannacity. In San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Hippie Hill will again be the site of a 420 celebration after more than 15,000 attended the event last year

Comedian Jeffrey Peterson performs at the Welcome to Cannacity. In San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Hippie Hill will again be the site of a 420 celebration after more than 15,000 attended the event last year 

Tommy Chong and Richard 'Cheech' Marin shake hands and sign autographs outside of Commencement Bay Cannabis in Tacoma, Washington. The once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it

Tommy Chong and Richard ‘Cheech’ Marin shake hands and sign autographs outside of Commencement Bay Cannabis in Tacoma, Washington. The once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it

Instagram user @_worldstop_ celebrates 420 Day in New York. The CBD market has also exploded with CBD oil found in candies, coffee and other food, drinks and dietary supplements, along with perfume, lotions, creams and soap

Instagram user @_worldstop_ celebrates 420 Day in New York. The CBD market has also exploded with CBD oil found in candies, coffee and other food, drinks and dietary supplements, along with perfume, lotions, creams and soap

U.S. retail sales of cannabis products jumped to $10.5 billion last year, a threefold increase from 2017

U.S. retail sales of cannabis products jumped to $10.5 billion last year, a threefold increase from 2017

The Kushstock Festival in Adelanto, California, Saturday. In San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Hippie Hill has transformed from a small informal gathering into a full-blown festival of corporate sponsors and commercial booths selling smoking devices, T-shirts and food

The Kushstock Festival in Adelanto, California, Saturday. In San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Hippie Hill has transformed from a small informal gathering into a full-blown festival of corporate sponsors and commercial booths selling smoking devices, T-shirts and food

It was the first year Canadians could recreational marijuana following a nearly century-long ban. 

Thousands celebrated in Vancouver, British Columbia after the country officially became the first industrialized nation to legalize the drug in October 2018 following a two-year push by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, which hopes to bring dealers out of the black market and into a regulated system. 

Countries around the globe, many of whom are just approving medical marijuana, are watching Canada’s recreational legalization, which combines federal rules with varying provincial regulations.

The move is a political win for Trudeau, who vowed to legalize cannabis in his 2015 election campaign to take profits away from organized crime and to regulate the production, distribution and consumption of a product that millions of Canadians have been consuming illegally.

 

 

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