April 20th is just around the corner. Have you decided how to spend it? In addition to celebrating, could you do one small thing more?
Many people celebrate 420 as a holiday of nonviolence, peace and the benefits of the marijuana plant. The majority of events can be found in California, Colorado and Washington and, because 4/20 lands on a Monday this year, many of the events are scheduled for this coming weekend.
Perhaps the biggest event planned in the country is the High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup, which has been called the Super Bowl of cannabis events. Since 2012, when Colorado legalized adult-use of marijuana, High Times has held concurrent cannabis competitions—one for medical entries and one for adult-use entries. This is the first year that the competitions will be combined into a single competition. There will also be seminars, entertainment, and designated smoking areas for adults 21+ years old. Vendors will be there too, but new regulations prohibit free cannabis samples.
If you live in California, you’ll find over 20 different celebrations taking place from trade shows and seminars to festivals, music concerts, comedy shows, and movie screenings. We invite anyone planning to be in Oakland on April 20 to join Oaksterdam University for a screening of The Green Goddess at 3:00 pm at its Oakland campus. Two good 420 event listings can be found at TheWeedBlog and CelebStoner.
However you choose to celebrate 420, have fun and be responsible…and take a moment to make a difference—even in the smallest way. Here are some ideas:
Donate/Get Involved in Reform California – Reform California is a movement of Californians who believe the prohibition against adults who use cannabis has failed and that it’s time for a new approach where cannabis is regulated and taxed. Polls show a majority of Californians support this approach. If you’re one of them, consider donating to the cause and/or getting involved. If you’re not in California, consider the impact reform in California could have on the legalization efforts across the country and consider a donation.
Join Your Local NORML Chapter – NORML provides a voice in the public policy debate for Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and favor an end to the practice of arresting marijuana smokers. NORML has chapters throughout the United States. Find Your Local Chapter.
Join Americans For Safe Access (ASA) – ASA’s purpose is to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic uses and research. The organization has a grassroots base of over 50,000 members to effect change using public education and direct advocacy at the local, state and federal levels. Join. Learn How to Take Action Online.
Support the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) – MPP is focused on changing federal law to all states to determine their own marijuana policies without federal interference and to regulate marijuana like alcohol in all 50 states, D.C., and the five territories.
Support the Coalition For Cannabis Policy Reform – The CCPR is dedicated to replacing the harmful policy of cannabis prohibition with reasonable regulation, based on science, through ballot initiatives, legislative collaboration and public education.
To learn more about Oaksterdam University, please visit www.oaksterdamuniversity.com.
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