Most marijuana users will find joy in the smallest reason to celebrate and “pass the dutchie ‘pon the left-hand side” for a friend. Fortunately, there are holidays recognized nationally that bring education and awareness to the benefits of this plant, supporting unity, freedom, and wellness for the cannabis community.
Here are 7 Dank Holidays so you Celebrate Cannabis Year-Round!
National Hemp Day was founded by a company called cbdMD in 2019. The signing of a new farm bill in 2018 made hemp legally federalized and opened new doors for agriculture, consumer products & textiles for industrialized hemp.
420 is well-known to be associated with marijuana. April 20th has become a famous celebration referred to with names such as, National Cannabis Day, National Marijuana Day, and National Pot-Smokers Day. The peak celebratory time of day (of course) is 4:20am or pm.
Who can we thank for this glorious holiday? Originators, Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz and Mark Gravich, were among a group of high-school students nicknamed, “The Waldos” in 1971 for their designated spot where they leaned against a wall while rolling joints and getting lit. They would agree to meeting daily at 4:20pm and would secretly use 420 as a code. Some doubt these claims, however the friends report proof of this history through notes and letters written during their college years.
The 420 tradition would continue to spread and eventually a calendar day was added to commemorate the holiday, reaching recognition across the country.
Later, extensive research and published works lead to the movement for advocacy and awareness against marijuana prohibition making him lovingly known as “The Hemperor”. He suffered a stroke in 2000 and a heart attack in 2009 causing a series of health issues that lead to his death on April 15, 2010.
Many in the cannabis community salute his memory on the date of his birth by smoking the sativa marijuana strain named in his honor.
A newer emerging holiday celebration (National Dab Day) promotes the use of cannabis oils and concentrates. Though the origins are mysterious, this trend has been recorded back since 2012 upon the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and California and continues to grow among states where oils and concentrates are legal and widely consumed.
National CBD Day began in 2017 as a marketing campaign by a cannabinoid company based in North Carolina to raise awareness for the benefits of CBD. With growing popularity, and with the help of media outlet reports, five years later we continue to see boosts in product sales and productivity in due to this event.
Cannabis prohibition marks it’s 85 Year Anniversary this year, in 2022. For decades, people have endured irreparable injustices due to the War on Drugs in America. On October 5th we memorialize those who have suffered due to cannabis prohibition and draw attention to issues of criminal and social justice reform.
On November 6th, 2012, Amendment 46 and Proposition 25 were introduced, legalizing marijuana for recreational use, in the states of Colorado and Washington. State residents 21 and older, were permitted to possess up to one ounce of marijuana flower and grow up to six plants for personal use.
With each passing year, more and more states are realizing the benefits of legalizing medical cannabis and recreational marijuana and with each triumph we can look forward for more states to join and celebrate.
If seven stoner holidays aren’t enough for your festive lifestyle, you can always celebrate twice a day at 420. Wake and bake before the sunrise with a glass pipe at 4:20am. Then later, share a joint with a friend to unwind after a long day at 4:20pm.
What’s your favorite cannabis holiday?