Exploring 4/20 Celebrations in New York


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Origin of 4/20 Celebration

In the cannabis culture, April 20, known as 4/20, is celebrated as a significant day for enthusiasts to enjoy and protest against prohibition. While the exact origins of “4/20” remain debated, a popular tale suggests that a group of high school students in California in the 1970s would gather at 4:20 p.m. to partake in smoking weed. This tradition has since evolved into a global celebration.

Evolution of Celebrations in New York

In New York, 4/20 celebrations were historically conducted discreetly due to the risk of arrest or fines. Secret locations or areas with lenient authorities, like Washington Square Park, were often chosen for gatherings. Some events were even organized as protests, such as smoke-ins. However, with the legalization of marijuana in 2021 and the easing of pandemic restrictions, public celebrations have become more common.

Diverse Events and Offerings

With the expansion of the legal cannabis industry in New York, the range of 4/20 events has diversified. In addition to private parties and smokeouts, there are now comedy shows, block parties, and specialized workshops. For instance, MARY Fest, a new event in Brooklyn, offers workshops on home cannabis cultivation, catering to both experienced users and the “canna-curious.” Upside Pizza and Gotham dispensary collaborated on a secret menu, while Trends dispensary on Long Island combines N.B.A. playoffs streaming with chicken wings for attendees.

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