The biggest celebration day in the cannabis culture is April 20. The April 20 (4/20) celebration originally started in the mid 1970s as the time of day after school, 4:20 pm, for high school students in San Rafael, California to meet to smoke pot. The phrase "I'll see at you at 4:20" became code for, "I'll be there to smoke a joint with you after classes are over".Read more »
BY ROBERT KOOPMANS, DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Local medical marijuana users staged a "smoke-in" in Kamloops Saturday to mark the death of a B.C. marijuana activist who died following a hunger strike.
Carl Anderson said about 50 people gathered at Spirit Square at 4:20 p.m. to pay tribute to Istvan Marton, 69, who died Nov. 20 after suffering a heart attack following a month-long hunger strike.
Marton was fighting for changes to Canada's medical marijuana laws. His hunger strike divided his home village on Malcolm Island, off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, where he was also known as Steve, the local fair-deal marijuana seller. Read more »
By: Rob Salerno, Xtra News
Organizers of the five-year-old Toronto Freedom Festival were shocked in January when city officials told them they were being denied a permit for their annual pot-themed celebration in Queen’s Park this year. Without a permit, the festival remains on hold.
The Freedom Festival, which has grown in popularity every year, drew around 30,000 revellers in conjunction with the annual Global Marijuana March in 2010, according to police estimates.
That success has become the Festival’s biggest challenge. City officials say Queen’s Park can’t handle events at which more than 15,000 people gather without significant risk of damage to the park’s centuries-old trees and turf and without risk to the safety of gatherers. Read more »
By: ADRIAN MORROW, Globe and Mail
Organizers of a Toronto marijuana festival say the streets will be crawling with hungry, thirsty, blissed-out protesters if the city doesn’t change its decision to withhold a permit that would allow the group to use the lawn of Queen’s Park.
The Toronto Freedom Festival has been held since 2007 and happens at the same time as the Global Marijuana March in early May, providing food and entertainment to legalization protesters.
However, the festival appears to have become a victim of its own success, with city officials telling organizers that the size of the crowds – an estimated 40,000 people at last year’s festival – is too large for the park to accommodate. Read more »