It has been six months since weed officially became legal and it also happens to be April 20, AKA 420. That means that Canadians are celebrating the first 420 since cannabis legalization. To celebrate, a number of Canadians are obviously getting high today, but there are some bigger festivities going on too.
Across the country, countless cannabis-themed events and parties are happening. For example, in Alberta alone, there are a number of 420 themed sales at dispensaries, workshops and trade shows, a 420 music festival, and even a 420-themed community clean up.
As for the rest of the country, there are similar celebrations happening, like a 420 comedy show in Toronto and other special deals, like Lyft's $4.20 ride credit in Toronto and Ottawa, today only.
On top of all the parties, there are also the annual 420 protests. Prior to legalization, protests held on April 20 (420) were encouraging cannabis legalization. For places around the world where it's still illegal, there are still protests calling for legalization today.
Here in Canada, though, weed is legal, but the rallies are still going on. In Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver they are still holding their annual 420 protests, just with a different goal this year. This year, they are taking a more celebratory approach but are also protesting some of the stigmas against pot users.
On top of the organized events, Canadians at home are also celebrating and wishing each other a Happy 420, so much so that it's actually trending on Twitter.
April 20 is the official cannabis culture holiday around the world since the date is 4/20, a number that's been associated with cannabis for a long time. While there's a lot of theories about where the number comes from, it's actually from a group of high school students in California back in 1971 who would meet up at 4:20 PM to smoke weed and used the code 420 to talk to each other about it.