Celebrations, Disappointments as California Celebrates First 420 Since Full Legalization

You’re no doubt aware that last Friday was the national stoner holiday, 420. The day had special meaning here in California as the first since legal marijuana sales took effect on January 1, 2018.

Celebrations and festivals were held up and down the state. There was so much toking that AAA extended its ‘tipsy tow’ driving service, usually offered to drinkers on holidays like the Fourth of July and New Years Eve.

An estimated 20,000 people gathered for a smoke-in at Hippie Hill in San Francisco. But not everyone was able to celebrate in style. As California City news reported Thursday, thousands of people at the High Times Cannabis Cup festival had to go without the main attraction on cannabis’ most important day of the year.

San Bernardino City leaders denied a Temporary Cannabis Event permit to the organizers of the High Times 420 Cannabis Cup last Wednesday. Local lawmakers said they feared legal trouble if they issued the permit so soon before the event. Applications are supposed to receive approval 60 days prior, city staffers had advised the council. Per the city’s direction, the show was allowed to go on -- but without the weed.