Just because you’re stuck at home from the coronavirus doesn’t mean you have to be alone this 4/20.
Spend enough time around cannabis enthusiasts, and you’ll quickly learn 4/20 is, by default, a social holiday. It’s been this way from its inception in the early 70s, when a group of California high school teenagers gathered every day by the same statue to share a couple joints. Eventually, someone from that group worked with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and the tradition spread to the biggest group of hippies any generation has ever known.
Sadly, this 4/20 will not follow tradition. The coronavirus pandemic has isolated us, with shelter-in-place orders prohibiting any meaningful physical social interaction. But that doesn’t mean this 4/20 needs to be lonely. Many cannabis groups have pivoted to hosting virtual events and most don’t cost a thing. We’ve rounded up some notable ones you can participate in on Monday.
Now's your chance to get good at weed. Join us on 4.20 for a workshop/ virtual smoke sesh. We'll be talking & learning & celebrating all things weed. It's free! But all donations will benefit @lastprisonerprj's Covid-19 emergency relief efforts. https://t.co/dscFanr5xU
— Miss Grass (@MissGrass) April 13, 2020
From the Miss Grass brand comes the Get Good at Weed Summit. You should think of it as a digital smoking session, lunch-and-learn, and wellness workshop rolled into one. Notably, comedian Chelsea Handler will host a segment about how you in fact get good at weed. RSVP is free, though all donations will go to the Last Prisoner Project.
Two of the bigger names in cannabis events, The Emerald Cup and the National Cannabis Festival, join forces to create an online festival benefiting coronavirus relief funds. Melissa Etheridge and the Pharcyde will perform on the livestream, as well as a live taping of the Great Moments in Weed History podcast. Doug Benson will also make an appearance. The festival is backed by well-known advocacy groups like the Drug Policy Alliance and Americans for Safe Access.
Weedmaps will host a similar virtual festival with established musical acts like Wiz Khalifa, Berner, and Billy Ray Cyrus. Comedian Joey “Coco” Diaz will also perform.
“4/20 has not only become a celebration for cannabis enthusiasts around the world, but culturally, it has also served as a reminder for how far we’ve come since the days of prohibition and the continued work that is ahead,” said WeedMaps CMO Juanjo Feijoo. “We’re excited to partner with some of the best in music and entertainment to celebrate the plant and the culture with our community.”
Don’t care about the glitz and glamour? Just want to kick it with some fellow marijuana-loving buddies? This event is for you. International Highlife will invite enthusiasts from all over the world to join in a giant online smoking session hosted on Zoom. “This is the 420 you’ll be telling your grandkids about!” event organizers boasted.