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There’s another 4/20 coming up. Here’s what you need to know about San Francisco’s unofficial weed holiday

Marijuana enthusiasts celebrate SF Weed Week at local dispensaries

Marijuana enthusiasts celebrate SF Weed Week at local dispensaries

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Saturday is the unofficial marijuana holiday and chances are people will visit their favorite spots in San Francisco to celebrate April 20th.

Here’s what you need to know for this year’s 4/20 in town.

Are there any official events in San Francisco?

There is no official 4/20 event this year at Golden Gate’s Hippie Hill. Crowds are still expected to gather in the park, and there will also be portable toilets and parking enforcement in the area.

However, park officials and organizers stressed there will be no cannabis stalls or live music on site and urged revelers to celebrate 4/20 “in a place that is special and local to them”.

SF Weed Week hosts events and has a schedule for events in the city.

Why was Hippie Hill cancelled?

Event organizers said they were unable to secure the financial sponsorship needed for “a safe, clean, city and state compliant event.”

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department issued a similar statement on the cancellation, saying: “Economic challenges within the cannabis industry, making sponsorship difficult to obtain, and city budget cuts impacting Rec and Park’s ability to continue to cover staffing levels for the event.”

How did 4/20 start?

The origin of the unofficial holiday stems from a plan devised by a group of friends from San Rafael High School in 1971. They decided to meet at 4:20 PM after school to go out and find a marijuana garden in the forest of nearby Point Reyes National Seashore.

AP explains the history of 420
FILE – The Waldos, left to right: Mark Gravitch, Larry Schwartz, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel and Steve Capper sit on a wall they often visited at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, California, April 13, 2018. Supporters of marijuana is gearing up for Saturday, April 20, 2024. Known as 4/20, the high holiday of marijuana is marked by large crowds gathering in parks, at festivals and on college campuses to smoke together.

Eric Risberg / AP

Although they never found it, the time they set became a code to get high. The Code remained confined to their social circle until they started hanging out backstage at Grateful Dead concerts, which really got them into stoner culture in the ’80s.