4/20: Live Coverage of the Biggest Day in CannabisBruce Barcott & Ben AdlinApril 20, 2018
Have a Happy 4/20!
That’s it for us, everybody. Thanks for joining us for this year’s 4/20! If you’re just arriving, take some time to scroll through the day’s coverage and see what a multifaceted holiday it’s become. Be safe and enjoy yourselves.
— Leafly Staff
P.S. We’ll leave this here just in case.
The Biggest Bashes on 4/20
Planning to celebrate? Not sure where to go? From crispy concerts to THC-infused yoga, there’s all sorts of stuff happening today. We’ve compiled some of the biggest events in major cannabis markets to help get you started.
Green Friday Deals!
Trying to save a bit of dough this 4/20? Leafly’s put together a list of online retailers offering special sales in honor of the holiday. If today’s an opportunity to treat yourself, start by perusing our picks for glass, dabbing accessories, apparel, and more.
BoingBoing’s Xeni Jardin on Medical Cannabis
4/20 is a day that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For many, cannabis is a political issue. For others, it’s spiritual, artistic, or just plain fun. And for more and more people, it’s a medicine that can sometimes seem downright miraculous.
“Marijuana would end up being the least heavy substance in my life. And it would end up helping. A lot.”
Medical cannabis often gets knocked on by cannabis skeptics as a backdoor route to broader legalization, some kind of trick play by stoners pedaling snake oil because they want to get high. That kind of lasting stigma often puts off patients who could otherwise benefit from cannabis as a part of their treatment.
Today on Twitter, BoingBoing resurfaced a powerful 2014 post by writer Xeni Jardin, titled “Cancer and cannabis: How I learned to stop worrying and love medical marijuana.” In it, Jardin explains how, despite having “not smoked pot since my teens,” she found medical cannabis to be a key part of her treatment and healing:
The next two years of my life were a nightmare of treatment, terror, and drugs. Lots of drugs. Chemotherapy cocktails pumped into my veins to kill the malignant cells. Opioids to kill the pain that followed surgeries. Anti-emetic pills, some of which cost hundreds of dollars out of pocket per dose (thanks, insurance!), to help with post-chemo nausea and vomiting — except often, they didn’t help, and we’d have to try another drug. Then, there were still more drugs from my doctors for anxiety and depression during treatment, and PTSD after treatment. Drugs to push away the now-not-entirely-unreasonable fear of death that exploded in my brain each day, manifesting in the form of panic attacks that left me crying, screaming, or paralyzed by grief. I longed for the normal, pre-cancer life I once knew. I knew it was gone forever.
Being a cancer patient means drugs. Each of these drugs came with its own attendant set of risks and adverse effects. There are helper drugs you have to take to allow you to tolerate the life-saving drugs. Drugs for your drugs for your drugs for your drugs, prescribed in a seemingly endless chain, a pharmaceutical Rube Goldberg machine that, if you’re lucky, helps the doctors save your life and helps you want to keep living it.
Marijuana would end up being the least heavy substance in my life. And it would end up helping. A lot.
Read Jardin’s full piece on BoingBoing.
Pickle Rick Steves
Rick Steves, the travel writer and PBS host, is a Seattle local and a favorite of many here in the Leafly office. He’s been a widely influential advocate for cannabis reform in states across the country. I didn’t set out to shoehorn him into our 4/20 coverage this year, but I couldn’t resist this Rick and Morty–inspired masterpiece created by Emily Donohue and retweeted by Steves himself.
— Ben Adlin
Thousands Gather at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts flocked to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for the annual April 20 high holiday that culminated with the crowd sparking up at 4:20 p.m.
The gathering Friday is the first since California legalized marijuana sales on Jan. 1. The festival is a celebration of the number 420, code for smoking marijuana.
A small, informal gathering that began several years ago has blossomed into a full-blown festival of corporate sponsors and commercial booths selling smoking devices, T-shirts and food.
San Francisco officials didn’t immediately provide a crowd estimate. They estimated 15,000 attended the event last year.
— The Associated Press
LA: Celebrate the Grateful Dead, Who Popularized ‘4/20’
LOS ANGELES — Without the Grateful Dead, 4/20 as it’s celebrated today might not exist. The high holiday of cannabis was created by a group of high school students in Marin County, who, via familial connections to the Dead, hipped the band to the term. From there, it was passed around like a joint, spreading widely.
What better way to embrace the holiday then hang out with a bunch of new-wave Deadheads? Tonight at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, Grateful Dead cover band Grateful Shred will be jamming out with “wide-open guitar tones, effortless three-part vocal harmonies, choogling beats” and trippy solos. Sounds like you might need an edible.
“It’s more of a ‘take’ on the Dead than a tribute band,” bassist Dan Horne says on the band’s website. “We end up sounding almost more like the Dead because we approach it in this free-spirited way.”
The band consists of four founders and a rotating cast of other musical characters. Tickets to tonight’s show are $20. It’s open to folks 21 and older.
— Hayley Fox
Jeff Sessions Considering Resignation
This isn’t exactly 4/20 news, but it’s not not 4/20 news, either. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions—who once said “good people don’t smoke marijuana”—has reportedly told the White House that he would leave his post if President Donald Trump fires his deputy, Rod Rosenstein. Read the full Washington Post report here.
Sessions told the White House that Rosenstein’s firing could prompt his departure, too https://t.co/wZPdjCzNLk
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 20, 2018
Criminalizing Consumption Is ‘Fundamentally Pointless,’ Policy Experts Say
WASHINGTON DC — Panelists at the National Cannabis Festival Policy Summit ripped into existing cannabis-policing policy on Friday, offering suggestions on how to curb what one expert called the “fundamentally pointless activity” of policing cannabis consumption, especially among people of color and low-income communities.
“There is no good reason for criminalizing, incarcerating” people for simple cannabis consumption, said Clark Neily, The Cato Institute’s criminal justice vice president. “We are now realizing that, and some politicians are, too.” Neily, who called law enforcement’s ongoing crackdowns of cannabis consumers “fundamentally pointless,” said law enforcement has adopted a “policing by proxy mentality,” using cannabis as a cause to search or arrest individuals when they suspect, often without evidence, that the person has committed a more serious crime.
Kayvan Khalatbari, a Denver mayoral candidate who co-founded Denver Relief Consulting, said he is running for office in part to attack “this corporate damn neoliberal mentality, which is ‘money first,'” a mentality, he said, that allows Coloradans to be arrested for public consumption in alarming numbers and drug dogs to be employed in schools to help authorities catch, suspend and even expel students with cannabis—in a state that was among the forerunners to legalize cannabis consumption.
Such actions not only constitute “an enormous waste of resources,” said Eric Sterling, executive director of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, but are “dehumanizing” to cannabis consumers. “We need clean-slate laws,” Sterling added, suggesting expunging criminal records related to cannabis after five years. He called it “absurd” to keep minor cannabis offenses on permanent records.
— Ryan Basen
Vancouver’s 4/20 Celebration Is Lit
Up at Vancouver’s 420 Fest, friend of Leafly and force for good Cody Lindsay—AKA the Wellness Soldier—is touring the scene and sharing what he finds on Twitter.
Heading to Super Troopers 2? Lyft Will Get You There (With Swag!)
It’s 4/20, which means Super Troopers 2 is meow in theaters. If you have plans to spark one up and make your way to the ol’ cinema, consider… not driving. Instead, take advantage of a special Lyft promotion.
If you enter a special promo code, you’ll get $4.20 off your ride in select markets. (Promo codes vary by city. See details here.) Some drivers will also enhance, enhance, enhance the trip by dishing out out limited Super Troopers stickers and pins.
There’s no need to prove you’re going to see the movie, you can use the discount no matter where you’re headed. Be safe this 4/20!
(Given that it’s Super Troopers and Lyft, we’re a tiny bit disappointed they didn’t use the slogan “Who wants a mustache ride?”)
Here’s What People Order on goPuff for 4/20
The on-demand delivery service with the not-so-subtle name is basically a convenience store on wheels. So what are people ordering for 4/20?
According to the company, here’s a list of top-selling items:
- Clear Eyes eye drops
- Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
- Nerds Rope
- Ben & Jerry’s: Half Baked
- Nacho Cheese Doritos
- Mexican Coke
UPDATE: Need more munchies? Food delivery company Postmates is waiving delivery fees for 4/20!
It’s the Perfect Day to Learn to Roll a Joint
The first time I ever tried to roll a joint, it was 4/20. I wrapped the paper around a pencil, sealed it, then stuffed in some ground flower. I went outside with a friend, sparked it, and proceeded to watch the thing canoe so badly that I brought most of the unburnt cannabis back home in the palm of my hand.
Don’t be like me back then. Find a friend, grab your supplies, and get crafting. Practice makes perfect.
— Ben Adlin
Celebrate Today. Act Tomorrow.
4/20 is a day of celebration. It’s also a day to remember those who can’t celebrate, and redouble our efforts to end prohibition and release those incarcerated for cannabis. Today’s New York Times has a powerful op-ed by Vincent M. Southerland and Johanna B. Steinberg, reminding us that there’s a lot of work still to be done. Their piece is headlined: Boehner Benefits From Weed. Blacks Are in Prison for Using It.
“A decade ago,” they write, “an undercover police officer approached Fate Vincent Winslow, a homeless black man, and asked for help buying marijuana. Mr. Winslow desperately needed the money, so he helped the officer buy two dime bags for a $5 profit. For that, he is serving life without parole for distribution of marijuana in the infamous Angola prison.”
“The problem here is not John Boehner’s evolution in thinking on marijuana…The problem is with race. As white people exploit the changing tide on marijuana, the racism that drove its prohibition is ignored. So are the consequences for black communities, where the war on drugs is most heavily waged.”
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, Which Helped Legalize In DC, Sponsors National Cannabis Policy Summit
WASHINGTON, DC — Initiative 71 was a voter-approved ballot initiative that legalized the adult-use cannabis in Washington, DC. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap was responsible for donating the seed money that allowed organizers to collect enough signatures to put I-71 on the ballot back in 2014.
David Bronner and the Bronner family have been major proponents of legalization since the company’s inception. As part of the social justice component of their company, they donate to various legalization and drug law reformation initiatives, as well as the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and animal-rights charities.
Adam Eidinger, of cannabis activist group DCMJ, also serves as Dr. Bronner’s director of social action. He was a panelist on the last panel of the day, All The Buzz: How Does Media Portrayal of Impact the Future of Cannabis?
— Sara Brittany Somerset
Would you Eat the ‘Cross Joint Bagel’?
LOS ANGELES — For Yeastie Boys Bagels, every day is 4/20. While the 4-year-old food truck (named in homage to the Beastie Boys) is best known for its hand-rolled bagels, shmears, lox, and inventive sandwiches, cannabis has always played an outsized role in the Yeastie Boys vibe. Company owner Evan Fox was recently featured in a cannabis retailer MedMen’s new ad campaign attempting to do away with the term “stoner”—and on the bagel truck itself, all elements point to cannabis.
“We celebrate every day, actually,” said Jason Martin, an employee whose t-shirt on Friday featured a large picture of the cannabis strain Strawberry Shortcake.
From the roving food truck’s well-worn tip jar labeled “Weed Fund” to creations that a perhaps only a smoker would dream of— the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos bagel was a big hit—the company is all about today’s holiday.
To mark the occasion, Yeastie Boys is offering a special called the Cross Joint Bagel. It’s a collaboration with Sony and the film Pineapple Express, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The sandwich, served on a jalapeño bagel, features pineapple cream cheese, ham, jalapeño Kettle Chips, and a fried egg. The sandwich had sold out by 11:30 a.m.
No Surprise: It’s Snoop’s Favorite Holiday
DC Policy Summit Panel Calls for Greater Equity in Cannabis
WASHINGTON, DC — Speakers on a panel about how to improve racial and gender equity within the cannabis industry called for policies to support more women and people of color in the legal cannabis industry on Friday, during the National Cannabis Festival Policy Summit in the nation’s capital.
Chanda Macias, who chairs Women Grow and owns a cannabis business in Washington, DC, recounted the obstacles she herself encountered trying to break into the industry. “We are not supported financially,” she said, adding that critics have lashed out at her as a “a drug dealer” and “an unfit parent.”
“I want to see more women and I want to see more people of color on boards.”Tahira Rehmatullah, Hypur Ventures
It takes “an unbelievable amount of tenacity,” she said, for a woman or person of color to break into the industry. But “when it’s your passion, you have no choice.”
Tahira Rehmatullah, managing director of the cannabis investment firm Hypur Ventures, said that one way to ease entry into the cannabis space would be to expunge past convictions for cannabis offenses. “It’s just unfair to people caught for possession years ago and those are overwhelmingly black and brown people,” she said. “I want to see more women and I want to see more people of color on [companies’] boards.”
Macias echoed that desire. “They are the ones who actually established the industry,” she said, “and now they’re being excluded.”
— Ryan Basen
Crowds Build at Denver’s Mile High 4/20 Celebration
DENVER — Despite cold, blustery weather, the expected rain hasn’t come out at the Mile High 4/20 festival in Denver, one of the largest celebrations in the country. In fact, sun is peeking out from behind the clouds—and hundreds are lined up at the event entrances.
“I just think everybody has the right to choose whether they use it or not.”Terry Swain, Vietnam War veteran
The party features two stages with live music and comedy, food and apparel vendors, and a handful of organizations, such as Weed Out Breast Cancer. Though the crowd was growing fast as of midday, the mood so far is laid back, with people lazing on the green lawn.
“The people here are so nice. We need to see this happen everywhere,” said Eli S., 28, who flew here from Pittsburgh with friends to celebrate the high holiday.
The police, at least so far, have been relatively nice, too. Officers here have issued a few tickets for public consumption but the police presence otherwise has been mild.
One celebrant, Terry Swain, a 71-year-old Vietnam veteran who’s attending his event with his pet chihuahua, Dude, said he moved to Colorado with his grandson from Nebraska just five months ago, in part to gain legal access to cannabis.
“I just think everybody has the right to choose whether they use it or not,” he said.
Swain said he first experimented with cannabis in 1968, while in Cu Chi, Vietnam, as a member of the Army’s 45th Infantry. He used it for fun back then, he said, and had to stop once he was at risk of a random drug test. Now, after retiring in 2001, he said he uses it for therapeutic purposes. “I use it to get by,” he said, explaining that he has a degenerative joint disease and has undergone both back and shoulder surgery. “Basically I’m fucked,” he joked.
Does cannabis help? “Oh yeah.”
Swain said he came to Denver expecting to die, but since moving here he’s realized that his conditions may not be as debilitating as he initially thought. “I don’t take oxygen no more, I don’t take morphine anymore, no opiates,” he said. “Here, I’m not a criminal.”
— Bruce Kennedy
Utah Voters May Have Chance to Legalize Medical Marijuana
Organizers in Utah have reportedly cleared a major hurdle in their effort to legalize medical cannabis in the state. Officials there confirmed to reporter Kyle Jaeger that the signature drive to qualify the legalization measure has now secured enough signatures to make the ballot. The state’s lieutenant governor will still need to give the initiative an official thumbs up after the signature deadline on May 15.
While legalization has strong support among Utah voters, Jaeger reports that the effort could face strong pushback from opponents:
Though polling demonstrates strong public support for medical marijuana legalization in the state—with a March survey showing 77 percent of voters backing reform—the initiative isn’t without opposition.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) pledged to “actively oppose” the initiative in a statement released last month, arguing that the measure “lacks important safeguards regarding its production and utilization and would potentially open the door to recreational use.”
Seth Rogan’s Hair Is Excited About 4/20
Back atcha, big guy.
New Bill Would Allow Medical Cannabis in US Public Housing
If you’re a medical marijuana patient who lives in public housing, it can be a dangerous thing to take your medicine. Using medical cannabis in federally assisted housing, including public housing and Section 8, can mean eviction even in legal-cannabis states.
Today, US Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), announced that she will introduce a bill to change that policy. She also said she’ll file an amendment to a House appropriations bill that would allow medical cannabis use in federally assisted housing.
“Congress needs to catch up with its own constituents and protect individuals who live where medical marijuana is legal.”US Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
In a press release, Norton said the bill “should attract bipartisan support because it also protects states’ rights.
“Individuals living in federally funded public housing who are prescribed legal, medical marijuana should not fear eviction for simply treating their medical conditions,” Norton said in the statement. “Over 90 percent of Americans support legalized medical marijuana. Congress needs to catch up with its own constituents and protect individuals who live where medical marijuana is legal, but who still have no way to use it because they live in federally funded housing.”
Civil Rights Leader Addresses National Cannabis Policy Summit
WASHINGTON, DC — Just in time for 4/20, today brings the National Cannabis Policy Summit to the Newseum in Washington, DC, which opened with a keynote address from Ben Jealous, the former NAACP president who’s currently running for governor of Maryland.
Welcoming Jealous to the stage was Rachelle Young of the Minority Cannabis Business Association, who introduced the man by quoting him: “We do not share allegiance to any party because of their color, but because they share our principals.” Young then modified the quote to apply to the cannabis industry: “We do not share allegiance to any industry simply because they share our plant, but because they share our principles and values.”
Then came Jealous’s time at the podium, which he commenced with a simple, striking sentence: “The war on drugs has failed us and we can do much better as a country.”
Other choice quotes:
“Once we legalize it, we should expunge the records of those who have been incarcerated for it.” (This was met with huge applause.)
“In Maryland, it is time to take the bias out of how these [cannabis] licenses are issued.”
“We have not lived yet to see a civil rights leader become a governor in any state. I hope to have your vote, Maryland.”
— Sara Brittany Somerset
Nick Offerman’s 420 Selfie
It seems the same Anchorage address that caught the eye of Deputy Editor Bruce Barcott may have also appealed to comedian Nick Offerman (we’re not sure it’s the same building, but darned if it doesn’t look identical to us).
Have you noticed 420 in the wild? Tweet it with the hashtags #Leafly and #420.
Wanda James: ‘There Is No Demographic’ for Cannabis
Wanda James, the owner of Colorado cannabis company Simply Pure and the first black owner of a Colorado-licensed dispensary, regularly speaks to the social and political elements of cannabis and the broader US drug war. Here’s a video of her talking about the broad range of people who are cannabis fans. “Whether you enjoy it or you don’t enjoy it,” she says, “nobody should be going to jail for the use of cannabis.”
Beer drinkers smoke cannabis. Wine drinkers smoke cannabis. Moms smoke cannabis. College students smoke cannabis. White people smoke cannabis. Black people smoke cannabis. Republicans smoke cannabis. No one should go to jail for smoking cannabis.
h/t @WandaLJames #420day pic.twitter.com/RGr5wtINqh
— Pod Save America (@PodSaveAmerica) April 20, 2018
Michigan Beer Drinkers Cheers 4/20
Leafly Deputy Editor Bruce Barcott is in Michigan today, and he passed along a 4/20-themed beer menu spotted in Grand Rapids.
They’ve even got a hemp IPA!
Cannabis: Effective for Selling Chicken Nuggets
Burger King is banking on it, at least.
But why? Why does cannabis give people the munchies? Well, it has to do with the hypothalamus, a part of your brain that controls appetite, alertness, and sexual arousal. Curious? Read the full story here.
Orrin Hatch Is Making Pot Puns Again
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), a rather unexpected medical cannabis supporter of cannabis legalization, took to Twitter yesterday to announce that he’ll be speaking today on his ongoing effort to get US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and leaders at the DEA to ease restrictions on medical marijuana research. On Thursday, he and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) sent a letter to Sessions that reads, in part:
“Research on marijuana is necessary for evidence-based decision making, and expanded research has been called for by President Trump’s Surgeon General, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the FDA, the CDC, the National Highway Safety Administration, the National Institute of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Academies of Sciences, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.”
We applaud the call for evidence-based decision making—too long policymakers have fallen back on stereotypes and stigma—but we’re still stumped by the 84-year-old senator’s apparent obsession with cannabis puns. Check out this tweet:
Tomorrow, purely coincidentally, we will be talking about marijuana.
We’ll get in the weeds to hash out some of the most potent arguments as to why it might be the budding answer doctors have long strained to find for countless chronic conditionshttps://t.co/6WpaBTyxDy #utpol
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) April 20, 2018
Its not the first time Hatch has pun-tificated on cannabis. Last year he took to the Senate floor to promote a bill that would encourage further scientific research into the drug: “To be blunt,” he said, “we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the MEDS Act.” Get it? Eh?
We applaud the efforts, but we have to ask: Senator, is it perhaps time for a tolerance break?
The Real Chuck Schumer Says His Descheduling Bill Goes Live Today
Good news all the way around:
THREAD: It’s official. Today, I am formally announcing my plan to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. It’s time we allow states, once and for all, to have the power to decide what works best for them.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) April 20, 2018
‘Herb Give You Time to Think’
It wouldn’t be 4/20 without a little wisdom from Bob Marley.
“The world will confuse you, and you’re worried, and you don’t have no time to think. Herb is that thing that give you a little time to yourself so you can live.”
Here’s a clip from an interview he gave to the BBC:
Bob Marley talking about Marijuana.
“Herbs a plant. Why these people that wants to do so much good for everyone calling themselves governments and this and that. Why they say you must not use the herb?…” –Bob Marley
— AFRICAN HISTORY (@africanarchives) April 20, 2018
Rare Chuck Schumer Sighting at CannaCon
The Senate minority leader was spotte—wait, no, that’s DCMJ’s Adam Eidinger hosting a table at the National Cannabis Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., this morning. Sorry. The DESCHEDULE sign had us confused.
Wake ‘n’ Bake With Stephen A.
If you’re starting your morning with ESPN’s First Take—and that is not something we advise—you might enjoy this compilation of Stephen A. Smith’s best renditions of the weeeeed, courtesy of Busted Coverage’s college vertical:
What the USA Is Reading Today
How far have we come? Here’s one indicator. This is what USA Today is tweeting out to its readers in the nation’s hotel rooms this morning:
4/20 Down Under
While most of North America is still waking up, in Australia they’re already cleaning up after their 4/20 celebrations. And we here at Leafly have a new cannabis crush: Australia’s Green Party leader Richard Di Natale, who went off on the need for nationwide legalization at a rally in Melbourne earlier today. Check out this clip of Di Natale in action:
How the Cannabis Cup Ran Dry
Thousands of cannabis connoisseurs are heading to San Bernardino, CA, later today for the three-day Southern California Cannabis Cup, and they’d better be bringing their own. The annual 4/20 event was originally scheduled to have onsite cannabis retailers and open consumption (now that California is a legal state), but a last-minute vote by the San Bernardino City Council scuttled that plan. The show will go on, as Leafly’s Ed Murrieta reported yesterday, but without the onsite vendors and consumption.
This morning’s Washington Post brings us a deeper dive into the situation, with reporter Avi Selk chronicling the blow-by-blow at the council meeting. Seems High Times found itself in a catch-22 in which the state required event organizers to obtain a city permit 60 days prior to the event, but the City of San Bernardino didn’t begin offering permits until early April. High Times pleaded its case: The company, an HT official told the council, “is coming to you to try to do the right thing.” But council members balked, and ultimately rejected the sales and consumption permit.
If You Like a Little Wonk in Your 4/20
C-SPAN will be covering today’s National Cannabis Policy Summit live from Washington, DC, in case you’re looking for a more serious take on the holiday. Leafly has correspondents at the event as well, and we’ll bring you breaking punditry as it occurs.
What’s It Take to Host a Major 4/20 Bash?
Answer: porta-potties. Lots and lots of porta-potties. Here’s Dana Larsen, one of the organizers of Vancouver, BC’s annual 4/20 festival on Sunset Beach, documenting the arrival of the critical pieces of infrastructure on 4/19:
It also helps to invest $30,000 in portable flooring that keeps your guests from trampling the grass:
Send Us Your Best 420s
Back in the seventies I was a massive fan of the Mad Painter, a madcap character created by the actor Paul Benedict for Sesame Street.
Benedict (left, with a young Stockard Channing), who would later play George Jefferson’s British neighbor on The Jeffersons (and a memorably proud desk clerk in This Is Spinal Tap), played a guerrilla artist who went around painting numbers on doors, cakes, shirts, and a bald man’s head.
For years now I have yearned to make a short film about the Mad Painter going ’round town on April 20, doing his business anywhere and everywhere. Alas, Benedict passed away ten years ago. But in the spirit of the Mad Painter, I’ve begun to collect memorable 420s when I spot them.
My favorite lately is this one, captured last week in Anchorage, Alaska, looking like something out of a James Rosenquist painting:
Know of a good 420? Post it on Twitter today with the hashtags #Leafly and #420, and we’ll add it to our collection here.
— Bruce Barcott
Are You Reading This, Feeling Way Too High?
Maybe that edible hit you too hard or that one last bong rip pushed you a little over the line. We understand—today’s a day of celebration. But we don’t want you to be miserable. Here are some tips for how to mellow out if you’re feeling too high:
- Drink water!
- Keep calm and rest
- Take a walk
- Chew on a black peppercorn (really!)
Give it some time and you’ll be right as rain. For more, read our full article.