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8 Ways to Celebrate 4/20 if Cannabis Is Illegal Where You Live

8 Ways to Celebrate 4/20 if Cannabis Is Illegal Where You Live

Elizabeth Enochs
April 17, 2019
The chillest of holidays, 4/20, is nearly upon us. Since 4/20 falls on a Saturday this year, we get an entire weekend to celebrate.

And there’s definitely a lot to celebrate. Both Missouri and Utah voted to legalize medical cannabis
in the 2018 midterm elections, and Michigan voted to legalize adult use. On top of that, hemp is now federally legal
in the US for the first time since 1937. But cannabis still isn’t completely legal in most US states, which means the majority of Americans aren’t free to light up quite yet.

Luckily, there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate 4/20 while battling prohibition. Whether you’re in the mood to travel or you feel like throwing a 4/20-themed party for your friends, living in a prohibition state doesn’t have to ruin your fun. Here’s how to celebrate no matter where you live.

1. Book a Stay at a 420-Friendly Hotel

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Your heads. These beds. That view. Yes please.

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With 4/20 falling on a Saturday, cannabis enthusiasts could potentially book a quick stay at a cannabis-friendly hotel
without having to use many (if any) of their precious vacation days. Whether you feel like spending the holiday in a treehouse, a penthouse, or a farmhouse, Airbnb
features a wide variety of 420-friendly lodging in legal states. And if your budget allows, pro-cannabis boutique hotels
, luxury lofts, and private cottages are popping up all over the world, from Ibiza to Denver to Negril

2. Stock Up On Your Favorite CBD Products

Sure, it won’t get you high, but consuming high-quality CBD products
can be a super fun and relaxing way to enjoy 4/20. Hemp-derived CBD is a relatively low-risk way to get your chill on. (That said, it should be noted that CBD shipments are still being confiscated
in certain states, like Idaho and Tennessee.)

Whether you feel like vaping, dabbing
, or pairing your favorite pizza with a CBD-infused soda
, dozens of companies will ship CBD products straight to your door.


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3. Write a Letter to Your State Representative

Advocating for legalization
in your state is one heck of a badass way to celebrate 4/20, and writing a letter to your state representative is fairly simple. If you’re not sure who your state representative is, you can figure that out here
. After that, you should be able to find an email address and/or a physical mailing address on your representative’s website. (And if you’ve never written a letter to your representative before, here’s a handy example

4. Cook Your Way Through The Vegan Stoner Cookbook

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My gift from the holiday grab bag! Pretty excited to try some of these easy recipes. I’m not vegan, but I don’t eat dairy. So I’ll usually go for vegan options, especially when it comes to desserts. #vegan #dairyfree #veganstonercookbook

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Even if you aren’t vegan or vegetarian, trust that The Vegan Stoner Cookbook
is an essential item for any cannabis-lover’s kitchen. From biscuits and gravy to stuffed cannelloni to churro chips, the cookbook includes dozens of comfort food recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and any other time you might find yourself dealing with the munchies. Plus, each page contains adorable doodles of fruits and veggies getting lifted.

5. Donate to a Cannabis Charity

If it’s financially possible for you, donating to a cannabis charity can be a great way to celebrate the holiday. Here are some of our favorites:

6. Send Books to Cannabis Prisoners

Making a positive difference in someone’s life feels good, and donating books to cannabis prisoners is a kind way to celebrate 4/20. Prisons in the United States are packed with people jailed for cannabis (many of whom are parents
), and while the trauma of incarceration can’t be assuaged with books alone, reading is certainly a healthy way to escape. It’s also a great way to reduce boredom, anxiety, and depressive symptoms.


9 Ways to Help Dads Jailed for Cannabis

If you know an inmate’s name and ID number, you can order books from Amazon and have them shipped directly to a prison.

You can also donate the books you don’t use anymore to Books Through Bars
, a Philadelphia-based non-profit that seeks to reverse the devastating effects that injustice and incarceration can have on individuals, families, and communities.

The Women’s Prison Book Project
(WBP) will happily accept and distribute your used books as well. According to WBP, their most requested book topics include: drug and alcohol recovery, mystery/horror novels, dictionaries, queer fiction and non-fiction, contemporary fiction in Spanish, books by authors of color, health books, books on arts and crafts, and books that tackle abuse issues. Additionally, this article lists 11 frequently requested books in American prisons

A few more things you should know if you’re planning to send the books yourself

7. Color Your Way Through The Stoner Babe’s Coloring Book

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Here's the official cover of The Stoner Babes! @genesynco is the gorgeous cover queen! She's the first I drew for this project. We're doing a pre-sale kickstarter soon with @microcosm_pub . . . #Stonerbabes #stonerart #adultcoloringbooks #marijuanamedicine #empowerment #loversofthebeautiful

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If 4/20 inspires your inner artist, you might want to spend the evening coloring your way through Katie Guinn’s intoxicating collection of racially diverse, line-drawn cannabis queens: The Stoner Babe’s Coloring Book

Guinn’s gorgeous illustrations explore cannabis culture through the lens of over 60 intelligent, motivated, self-loving women and non-binary folks, all of whom are depicted consuming cannabis in their natural element, whether that’s daydreaming in an armchair or smoking a joint and playing the keyboard. (The back of each portrait features the babes’ thoughts on empowerment, too!)

And since the book’s pages are perforated, it’s easy to tear them out and share this $15 gem with your friends.


8 adult coloring books that are way better while high

8. Host a 4/20 Party (or Attend Someone Else’s)

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled Tuesday to bring you #infused donuts. 🍩 Start cooking – link in bio. #cannabis (📷 by @juliasumpter)

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Living in a prohibition state shouldn’t keep you from throwing a 4/20 party for you and your like-minded loved ones. Whether you decide to whip up some appetizers from The Vegan Stoner Cookbook and serve CBD-infused drinks while binge-watching Broad City
, or you order pizza and pass around CBD TerpSauce
by Chakra Extracts while playing Monopoly, there’s no wrong way to celebrate 4/20 when you’re among friends.

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Elizabeth Enochs

Liz Enochs is a writer and journalist from a small town in Missouri that you've probably never heard of. In addition to Leafly, her work has been published by Bustle, Narratively, USA Today, HelloGiggles, POPSUGAR, and many others. More often than not, you'll find her in the woods.

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