For those of us that are unaware, 4.20 refers to the association within the cannabis subculture. It all began in California in 1971, when a group of teens would meet regularly after school at 4:20pm to try to discover an abandoned marijuana crop in the area. They never did find the crop, but little did they know they would create a counter-culture holiday that would spread internationally.
On the 20th of April (4/20 in U.S date notation, hence the chosen date), people gather in the U.S, Canada, the U.K & NZ to celebrate the most widely used illicit drug in the world. Australia is relatively new to the 4.20 concept but definitely not new to blazing up.
So, we've jumped on board, and on April 20 between 3:00pm and 6.30pm, we'll be at the Flagstaff Gardens for a peaceful celebration including music, education and our favourite herb. Whether you indulge or not, the atmosphere is set to be a fascinating one, and an experience to remember for those who've never experience an outdoor "weed party".
You may witness some politically natured themes, mainly concentrated around decriminalisation and legalisation, but also other important issues that are generally overlooked by the general public.
So if you haven't been swept up in the "Kony clickism campaign", apparently set to occur on the same day and wish to be encircled by good vibes and happy people instead, then it would be worth making an appearance at Flagstaff Gardens in your nicest green ensemble on April 20.
Please remember, possession and consumption of cannabis is considered illegal under Victorian Law and smoking it where there is sure to be a police presence is done so at one's own risk. However, in recent 4.20 gatherings witnessed around the world, the police have been understanding enough to not enforce any marijuana prohibition laws.