There’s a ton of interesting things happening around the Bay Area this 420 weekend ~ some of which are all about the medicine, while other events listed are just enjoyable, and could be combined with some discreet, personal medicating.  First off though, a brief history of 420 for those who may not have heard of it ~ Drinkers have long had a monopoly on holidays designed with them in mind – St. Patrick’s Day, New Years Eve, Mardis Gras, and Cinco De Mayo.  It wasn’t until the 90′s, that cannabis smokers first started celebrating their own unique holiday in California (of course) on April 20th of each year.  A phenomenon now celebrated (or should I just say practiced) on 4/20, and especially at 4:20 pm, around the world.

So, beginning at PCC, here are some options for your 4/20 2012:

For our 420 celebration, we will be holding an all day raffle in store ~ every patient will have the chance to win!  Prizes will include 1/8 oz’s of high grade medicine, grams of medicine, T-shirts, PCC Trading Cards, pens & stickers. Donation not required. While supplies last.

~ Galvanized rather than defeated by the recent federal actions in Oakland, California and throughout the state, CA NORML are staging a protest and a film festival in the town known as Oaksterdam this Friday, April 20. Supporters will gather at 11 AM at the Federal Building in Oakland (1301 Clay St.) to protest the federal attack on Oaksterdam and medical cannabis.  Then, beginning at 12pm, march to make our views known. Participants are invited to drop by the Oaksterdam Student Union, 1915 Broadway for refreshments after 1 PM.

At 3 PM, a 4/20 Film Festival begins with a showing of A NORML Life, a terrific film that should be widely seen by reformers and others.  At 4:30 PM, California 90420 will hit the screen, as it will at theaters across the nation. Directed by one of the guys who produced the hit comedy WAITING.. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Justin Long, California 90420 is a character-driven, informational comedy about real people, and a glimpse into the world of weed through the eyes of Cannabis College Students and Oaksterdam University’s Chancellor and Prop 19 Spokeswoman, Dale Sky Jones.  At 6 PM, The Green Goddess will be shown as a sneak preview.  This special screening of The Green Goddess will feature a Q&A with filmmaker Chris Iverson and other members of the cast and crew. Tickets are $10 for the Film Festival, which benefits Oaksterdam University and California NORML. Please visit the Oaksterdam 4/20 Film Festival Facebook event page or buy tickets online.

~ Don’t feel like a watching movies indoors? Check out a FREE HIP HOP SHOW at Sproul Plaza on UC Berkeley Campus at 5pm.  Check out Detroit’s hip hop artist Danny Brown, whose much critically acclaimed 2011 album “XXX” earned him #1 hip hop album of the year on Spin magazine.

~ At night, our hilarious friend, comedian, and former editor of West Coast Cannabis Magazine Ngaio Bealum will be hosting a fun 420 event in SF ~ “Celebrate 4/20 with Ed Rosenthal, Ngiao Bealum. Music by Shuckah. Followed by the most triumphant return of Most Chill Slack Mob. 8pm start time. $15 suggested cover.” Check out the Facebook event page here. 

~ Huge event happening that night on Treasure Island: Womp Island 420 Music Festival will feature 3 stages of sound, visuals and 18+ entry (bar for over 21).  Check out the event page and place to buy tickets, here.

Another classic place to spend your 420 is the aptly named “Hippie Hill” in Golden Gate Park. This event requires no ticket, and is has been participated in for many years. Check out this video of last years celebration of cannabis, here. >>


~~ Other events: Smoke n’ Destroy at 924 Gilman, Berkeley, Hemp Royal Reggay at Oakland Metro Operahouse, The 4/20 Bake Off feat. Wiz Khalifa at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 420 Stones Throw Showcase at 10pm at 103 Harriet, 103 Harriet St., San Francisco, Dark Side of Oz at the Roxie Theater in SF. Plus, many more.

All this should get you nice and ready for the DEEP GREEN FESTIVAL and CONFERENCE ~ and Earth Day celebration of Cannabis, Health & Ecology happening on SATURDAY 4/21/12 Noon – Midnight, live musical acts all day, workshops, all day Vapor Room, plus much more. Check out the event website here >>> recommended event!