LIGHT UP TORONTO: Cannabis Lovers to Gather for First 4/20 ‘Holiday’ Since Legalization

Article by Kevin Connor, Toronto Sun

LIGHT UP TORONTO: Cannabis lovers to gather for first 4/20 'holiday' since legalization Kevin Connor Cannabis lovers gather for 4/20 Toronto 2018 at Nathan Phillips Square on Friday, April 20, 2018. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

Happy weed day!

This year’s 4/20 is the first since cannabis was legalized in Canada.

In cannabis culture, 4/20 stands for firing up a joint at 4:20 p.m. on the 20th day of the fourth month — April 20.

It’s also code for smoking pot.

Each year those in the cannabis culture gather to toke up to celebrate the marijuana lifestyle while also protesting perceived oppressive legislation against pot.

Although this is the first 4/20 in Canada since legalization, there is much more activism work to be done, longtime cannabis advocate Jodie Emery said.

“Everyone thinks it’s legal, but it’s fake legislation,” she said. “It’s legal for rich corporations.”

Emery said activists pushing for legalization wanted a end to raids and endless test laws and the expunging of past convictions.

There are a number of 4/20 events being held Saturday in Toronto, such as at Woodbine Park — near Eastern and Coxwell Aves. — where there will be activities and music from noon until 6 p.m.

The 4/20 Comedy Festival is hosting multiple evening events at various venues; the Hotbox Lounge and Shop in Kensington Market will have music, vendors and joint rolling competitions from 1-10 p.m.; and the B-Side Lounge, 669 College St., will host Funkfest 420.

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