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4/20: Its origin + how to celebrate

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Here’s the thing: No one knows exactly how April 20 became a bonafide cannabis holiday. To clear the smoke, we asked our friends at The Reef Cannabis for their theories about how 4/20 and cannabis became intertwined.

Here were their guesses:

  • A pack of notorious California high schoolers skipping after-school activities to smoke at 4:20 p.m
  • An old police code that indicated a cannabis felony underway
  • Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women 12 and 35” — when multiplied, the numbers equal 420

Whatever its origin, there’s no doubt 4/20 has become an integral part of cannabis culture. Looking to mark the occasion? The Reef is throwing huge 4/20 celebrations in multiple locations across Seattle:

Capitol Hill, 1525 E. Olive Way

What to see: DJ set from Chong the Noma, food trucks, ping pong bracket + more.

Make your plans: Details here

Georgetown, 303 S. Michigan St.

What to see: A full carnival including bouncy house, petting zoo + prize competitions.

Make your plans: Details here 🌱*

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