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8 Cannabis Festivals That Changed the Game

T he non-violent political uprising that led to the end of communism in the former Czechoslovakia is known as the Velvet Revolution, because the small band of artists, agitators, and political organizers behind that successful push for freedom originally came together to listen to Velvet Underground records (banned under Soviet rule) and party. So it was culture, not conflict, that took down an oppressive and corrupt political regime. This is something that came to mind when I stepped up to speak at the 2016 Cannafest in the Czech Republic.

Cannabis events don’t always get the credit they deserve for the vital role they’ve played in ending prohibition and paving the way to a new era of social acceptability.

Cannabis events don’t always get the credit they deserve for the vital role they’ve played in ending prohibition and paving the way to a new era of social acceptability. Nor do the often anonymous organizers behind these “temporary autonomous zones” get patted on the back enough for pulling off the uniquely difficult feat of bringing together a community that’s been marginalized by fear of arrest, and all too often pushed out of the public square.

Nowadays, in states with legal cannabis, throwing a “weed party” typically involves applying for a “cannabis events license,” but most of the game changers on this list have their roots in a time before legalization. Vivian McPeak, founder of the Seattle Hempfest, has referred to the United States’ largest cannabis gathering as a “protestival,” to highlight his creation’s dual purpose of celebrating the plant and protesting the laws against it. Originally begun as “a humble little gathering of 500 stoners” in 1991, Seattle Hempfest now brings together hundreds of thousands of heads over three days. Its history spans Washington’s transformation from a prohibition state, to a medical cannabis safe haven, to a pioneer of adult-use legalization.

This is no coincidence.

All of the game-changing events on our list have played a major role in pushing forward public perception and catalyzing positive political change by creating a place for the cannabis community to peaceably assemble, share knowledge, make connections, and put a positive public face on an otherwise all-too-invisible culture. Plus, what’s more fun than getting together with fellow cannabis enthusiasts for a high-minded good time?

Hash Bash

Anthony Franciola, left, helps his mother Jeanean Franciola of Manchester, Mich smoke marijuana as he lights her bong during the 33rd annual Hash Bash celebration. Her son helps her smoke because her MS confines her to a wheelchair and she has trouble smoking the bong on her own. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

In 1969, John Sinclair—poet, agitator, manager of the Detroit rock band MC5, and well-known campus radical—was arrested in an undercover police sting that targeted him based on his political beliefs. Two undercover police officers spent months infiltrating Sinclair’s inner circle, before he finally handed them two joints, which brought down a sentence of ten years in prison.

John Lennon wrote a song about the injustice of it all.

Then in December 1971, the ex-Beatle headlined a “Free John Now” benefit concert and rally. Three days later, Sinclair walked out of prison (after serving two years). Citing the “cruel and unusual punishment” meted out against him, the Michigan Supreme Court went so far as to rule the state’s laws against cannabis unconstitutional.

The following April, the first Hash Bash went down on the University of Michigan Diag in Ann Arbor. The inaugural event was both a celebration of Sinclair’s release and a call to remain ever vigilant in pushing back against prohibition.

“We wanted to have the Hash Bash to defy the law,” Sinclair recalled forty years later to the Ann Arbor News. Penalties for possession had just been lowered from 10 years to one year, and sales from 20-to-life to four years. “[But] we didn’t think that was far enough.”

Eventually, in the face of ongoing protests and political pressure, Ann Arbor would lower the penalty for possession to a $5 fine (now $25).

Hash Bash returns this April 7th for its 47th incarnation, still starting at high noon, and still on the Diag of the University of Michigan.

Washington D.C. Smoke-In

Location: Washington D.C.

A tradition rumored to be started by the Yippies sometime in the late 1960s (memories are hazy on the exact date), the Washington, D.C. July 4th Smoke-In—held in Lafayette Park across from the White House—takes the idea of blazing a joint as civil disobedience to its logical conclusion. After all, what better symbolism of the people’s power over the government and its wrongheaded prohibition could you ask for than a mass of citizens gathering together, on the nation’s birthday, to openly defy the law in plain view of the President’s home?

They took a “safety in numbers” approach to the festivities, working tirelessly to recruit enough brave souls so that when they all lit up at once, the police would be powerless to intervene.

Led by political pranksters like Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and Paul Krassner, the Yippies backed any number of radical causes in the 60s and 70s, from cannabis legalization to ending the Vietnam War, dismantling capitalism, and disbanding the FBI, the CIA, and the DEA. At the Smoke-In, they took a “safety in numbers” approach to the festivities, working tirelessly to recruit enough brave souls so that when they all lit up at once, the police would be powerless to intervene against so many gleeful lawbreakers.

The Washington Post first reported on the Smoke-In in 1977, noting:

The marijuana demonstrators listened to rock music, bathed in fountains, tossed Frisbees, occasionally taunted the police, displayed protest signs and climbed atop a park statue. Some also smoked marijuana… Though marijuana smoke at times filled the air and a few minor incidents occurred, police reported they had made no arrests.

“With the numbers they have, (estimated at upward of 3,000) the policy is to control the crowd,” said Deputy U.S. Park Police Chief Parker T. Hill, “We’re not concerned with minor infractions.”

By 1982, however, Ronald Reagan was fully installed in the White House, and old Dutch took a predictably dim view of the event. As the Washington Post reported:

Shed no tears, please, but a Fourth of July tradition in Lafayette Park has been snuffed out–at least officially–by the powers that be… For the first time in more than a decade, the park is not officially scheduled to be the scene of a marijuana smoke-in sponsored by the Youth International Party, commonly called the Yippies. Its highlights have included the burning not only of marijuana, but also of hundreds of blank Selective Service registration cards.

The Yippies assure us that they themselves are not burned out, though—they just got burned this year, by a coalition of civic, church, family, school and anti-drug groups [who got] a permit to reserve the park. Their celebration promises to be quite different: a “National Family Day” is being planned, sponsored by the National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth, the D.C. Congress of Parents and Teachers, the local chapters of Toughlove and Straight, Inc., and dozens of other organizations.

Basically, a bunch of human paraquats stole the Smoke-In.

But fear not, the July 4th tradition would return, and even added a parade through the streets of the nation’s capital, with chants ranging from “We smoke pot, and we like it a lot,” to “Free the heads, jail the Feds.”

Amsterdam Cannabis Cup

Visitors to the week-long cannabis festival in Amsterdam line up to sample marijuana on Thursday November 27, 1997. About 2,000 marijuana lovers, many of them from the United States, are in the drug-tolerant Dutch capital for the yearly blowout. (AP Photo/Sjoerd van Delden)

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Started in 1988 by High Times editor Steven Hager as a small private affair among a select few Amsterdam coffeeshops and cannabis breeders, the Cannabis Cup eventually evolved into a world famous, week-long competitive event. It came to draw thousands of enthusiasts, from dozens of countries, on a pilgrimage to judge the finest cannabis and make some like-minded new friends without having to worry about the police—all in one of the most beautiful and cannabis-tolerant cities on earth.

Each year, Cup-goers voted on their favorite cannabis entered by the coffeeshops. Winning strains in the competition became stars overnight, helping to spread the hottest new varietals globally. Meanwhile, the latest innovations (grinders, vaporizers, clear rolling papers) were debuted at an expo overflowing with booths from seed companies and paraphernalia makers. It was the cannabis industry before there was a cannabis industry.

Over the years, the Cup also featured incredible music performances from Patti Smith, Redman, Fishbone, Busy Bee, and more. The event was discontinued in 2014 after repeated problems with the Dutch government, but will return this July.

Emerald Cup

Location: Santa Rosa, California

The first major cannabis cultivation competition to focus exclusively on organic, outdoor flowers, The Emerald Cup started in 2003 as a small, local competition among Northern California’s top cannabis growers. Bringing together legends of the underground from throughout the famed “Emerald Triangle” (comprised of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity Counties), the annual event was held for many years at Area 101, a cannabis events center later transformed into a dispensary.

Nowadays, the Emerald Cup is held over three days at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. With top flight speakers, panelists, and entertainment (Damian Marley, The Roots, Beats Antique have all headlined) as well as hundreds of booths, they’ve grown into a huge, dynamic event while still maintaining a strong connection to their roots in the cannabis underground.

Called “the Academy Awards of the cannabis industry,” The Emerald Cup’s annual contest to find California’s best cannabis flowers, concentrates, topicals, and edibles is considered the industry’s most prestigious (if not the best marketed).

Boston Freedom Rally

Herb cigarette vendors, including from the left, Veronika Alexander and Alyn Cornell of East Greenwich, Mass., and Jay Morgan, of Boston, roll cigarettes made from an herb they identified as mugwort Saturday, Sept. 21, 1996, at the annual Freedom Rally. Morgan explained that his group made and sold the herb cigarettes to confuse the police as to who was or was not smoking marijuana. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

The very first Freedom Rally took place in 1989, in North Adams, a small town in the Berkshires. The next year, the event scaled up a bit and moved to a dock beside the USS Constitution. Then it was staged in front of the Massachusetts State House. Finally, the Boston Freedom Rally arrived at its current home, Boston Commons.

“The city has no good reason not to like our event. We bring in lots of money and we’ve never had any problems.”

Bill Downing, MassCann/NORML

With cannabis now fully legal for all adults 21-and-over in Massachusetts, the event has grown into a huge celebration, with tens of thousands of attendees basking in three days of speakers, music, vendors, and herbal freedom. For the East Coast, it’s always been the premiere event showcasing cannabis in a positive light and pushing for legalization.

But that kind of freedom didn’t come easy.

Over the last 30 years, the cannabis activists organizing the event have had to sue the city of Boston six times for the right to throw a “political and education rally” in the Commons, the oldest city park in the United States.

“The city has no good reason not to like our event. We bring in lots of money and we’ve never had any problems,” Bill Downing, a Member Liaison for MassCann/NORML and one of the organizers of the rally, told Boston College Heights in 2017. “But the city really does not like us.”

In 2007, police at the event arrested then High Times associate publisher Rick Cusick and NORML founder Keith Stroup for (allegedly) smoking a joint while waiting to speak to a crowd of thousands at the Rally.

Naturally, this dynamic duo went out and got Charles Nesson, a Harvard law professor and one of the most famous litigators in the country, to take their case, which they hoped to bring all the way to the Supreme Court (as a test case for the concept of jury nullification).

That didn’t happen, but it’s a hell of a story anyway.

Seattle Hempfest

Location: Seattle, Washington

Springing directly from the city’s grassroots cannabis community, the inaugural Seattle Hempfest took place in 1991 at Volunteer Park, and drew a few hundred grizzled hippies and punks.

For the first three years, not a single uniformed police officer set foot inside. In 1994, however, that changed when the event grew so large it began to concern city officials for reasons beyond rampant pot smoking. According to the Hempfest website:

A growing concern from police, parks department, and neighborhood groups would be reflected in a series of negotiations that would span many months and involve as many subcommittee meetings to determine our ability to meet the new demands of the Special Events Permit that was now required of us. The negotiations culminated with assistance from the ACLU, and required a $1,000,000 insurance policy, the addition of hired licensed, bonded and insured security, emergency evacuation plans, an on-site ambulance and paid EMTs. Meetings with concerned community groups soon followed, helping to establish Hempfest as a legitimate political rally, not merely a “pot party in the park,” as had been previously claimed by our critics.

Proving themselves up to the challenge, Hempfest organizers found a way to scale up exponentially while meeting all of these increasing demands from the city. Along the way, a mutual respect developed between the freaks and the squares that led to Seattle becoming one of the most progressive cities in the nation on cannabis issues. In 2010, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes announced his office would no longer file cannabis charges. This year, he joined Seattle’s mayor in moving to dismiss hundreds of past cannabis misdemeanors.

Ironically—and bitterly so—Hempfest has struggled to keep up with the staggering cost of throwing the event in the era of legalization. Unable to charge even a modest admission price without threatening their status as a “constitutionally protected free speech event,” Hempfest has recently lost a large number of its major financial backers, as new regulations on licensed cannabis businesses in the state of Washington prevent them from continuing to donate.

But the show will most definitely go on, this August 17-19 in Seattle’s Myrtle Edwards Park. No doubt bigger and better than ever.

Cannafest

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Billed as an “international trade show of cannabis and medical herbs,” Cannafest in the Czech Republic has grown over the last seven years from a small local event to one of the largest and best attended cannabis fairs in the world.

Most of Eastern Europe remains mired in a prohibitionist mindset, but thanks to the activists behind Cannafest, the Czech Republic is leading the way towards legalization.

Held in the breathtaking Prague Exhibition Grounds (built for the Jubilee Exhibition of 1891), Cannafest now draws over 250 vendors and 25,000 cannabis enthusiasts from all over the world. They attend seminars, take educational classes, and meet scientists, researchers, growers, and other cannabis thought leaders from around the world.

“Every year, we’ve worked hard to bring renowned experts from the US, Israel, Spain, and other countries to Prague to give lectures during our professional conference,” Cannafest director Lukáš Běhal told Leafly, noting that the most recent event spanned four exhibition halls totaling 41,000 square feet. Most of Eastern Europe remains mired in a prohibitionist mindset, but thanks to the activists behind Cannafest, the Czech Republic is leading the way towards legalization.

Laws in Prague aren’t particularly harsh (especially for Eastern Europe), but definitely note that cannabis remains illegal. Visitors caught consuming in public or in possession of less than 10 grams of dried flower usually get away with a $60 fine. Police—both uniformed and undercover—maintain a heavy presence at Cannafest. They don’t seem particularly fun-loving in their demeanor, but don’t let that deter you from visiting one of the world’s most beautiful cities, a center of culture with a long history of resistance.

Cultivate Your Rights

A man smokes while carrying a cannabis plant during a march for the legalization of marijuana, in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, June 3, 2017. Tens of thousands of people gathered in the central streets of Santiago to demand that the government change its policy regarding marijuana and self-cultivation. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Location: Santiago, Chile

In many ways, Chile is known as one of the more socially conservative countries in Latin America. But not when it comes to cannabis. In fact, Chileans consume more cannabis per capita than any other country in Latin America. And they’ve been moving ahead politically as well, especially when it comes to decriminalization and medicinal use.

Every April in Santiago, the capital, huge crowds gather for “Cultiva Tus Derechos” (“Cultivate Your Rights”), a protest march and freedom festival that continues to grow each year, bringing together the local cannabis community to feel its strength in numbers, while putting a spotlight on an issue that’s been considered taboo for too long.

Thanks in part to the hard work of event organizers Movimental, and the team at Revista Canamo magazine, Chile decriminalized cannabis in 2015, has begun allowing limited non-profit compassionate medical cannabis cultivation, and has even approved medical cannabis sales in pharmacies.

Lead image: Esteban Felix/AP

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Cannabis festivals have long been a medium for both protest and celebration. Read about eight cannabis events that helped to shape culture and change laws.

What You Can Expect from the Best Cannabis Festivals

With the legalization of marijuana being considered and pushed through in some areas around the world, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. Given the fact that this is the case, it is perfectly on brand that people everywhere are beginning to look for ways to revel in this magical plant and all of its wonderful properties. Now that people are being able to publicly celebrate this substance, we are seeing the introduction of marijuana festivals. These festivals are a great way to get together with all of your favorite marijuana enthusiasts to celebrate what this amazing plant can do for you.

As any good marijuana lover knows, the biggest day to celebrate weed is on April 20 th . 420, which got its name from the SB420 law in California that allowed for medical legalization, is now celebrated as a holiday in April as well as shouted out enthusiastically at that time of day around the globe. If nothing else, you can’t realize that it is 4:20 in Colorado without someone saying “420! Smoke a bowl!” in response. However, the day is now known for the annual marijuana festival. The first Cannabis Cup occurred in 2014 in Colorado and was renowned for drawing in tens of thousands of active stoners looking to get together and celebrate the wonder that is marijuana. If you are curious what it was like, there is an excellent breakdown done by Esquire here.

The biggest day to celebrate weed is on April 20th.

Not every marijuana festival is exactly what you might expect. There are actually a variety of different types of marijuana festivals, each with their own goals and their own charm. Some festivals are known for merely being a way to gather around and discuss helpful strains while others or more focused on the kind of music and film that is perfect for embracing a less than sober mind. Given the fact that we are still actively working towards complete legalization, it makes sense that there are also festivals focused around demonstrations and pushing for more open legalization around the globe. The fact of the matter is when you mention weed and a festival, you can guarantee that people will show up. Now we are even moving towards conventions for growers and small business owners as well.

High Times Cannabis Cup

High Times Cannabis Cup

Cannabis Cup is a complete festival experience that brings together all of your favorite things. This is one festival that wastes no expense when it comes to bringing together stoners for an amazing time. At this festival, you can expect to experience a wide collection of great events all while getting absolutely baked. This festival is known to attract plenty of big names in music, art, and the marijuana industry. There is truly something for everyone regardless of your interests or what kind of marijuana lover you are.

At this festival, you’ll love experiencing the live music. This festival brings the kind of shows together that are perfect for getting high and jamming out with friends in an amazing and completely legal public space. This makes it exciting for a few reasons. You get the joy of dancing and singing along to all kinds of great music across different genres. While it hasn’t been disclosed how artists get selected for cannabis cup, we’re pretty confident that it has something to do with their appreciation for weed and bringing together a good vibe.

For those who might not want to spend time dancing in a crowd, there are plenty of other opportunities to be experienced at this festival. You can take part in seminars to learn about a wide variety of interesting topics pertaining to the marijuana industry and laws. Some variations of the festival include fun artistic activities and a variety of other ways to pass time while you’re high and appreciating your fellow man.

The next official Cannabis Cup is in Oregon on October 26 th , but you can check back here to find upcoming events near you as they get added.

Mile High 420 Festival

Mile High 420 Festival

This festival is known for all of the media attention that it gets every single year. You’ll find endless descriptions about the marijuana haze that blankets the city. It is the gold standard for cannabis events in Denver, and you’ll see social media blowing up with posts about this event every single year. The infamous Colorado weed festival is known for bringing together lovers of marijuana to get high in the Mile High area. It is a traffic-stopping event that brings together a variety of marijuana lovers for a day outside.

The 420 Festival is an exciting event that all but shuts the city down every single year. Its notoriety is only matched by the similar festival that is annually hosted in Boulder on the same day for 420. At Mile High 420 Festival, you can expect a lot of weed and a lot of fun. This festival is filled with a variety of great ways to pass time. The best ways are generally listening to amazing music from both local and big-name artists, getting unbelievably high, and exploring the event while people watching. There is a lot to see at this festival and a lot of fun to be had.

In traditional Colorado festival style, you can expect to find a variety of kiosks that will offer you all kinds of products. These products can range from powerful hemp-based lotions to lanyards covered in pot leaves. At the end of the day, there is something for everyone to explore here. You’ll enjoy walking around, soaking up some Colorado sunshine, and grabbing a snack. The event takes place at Civic Center Park where other major events are known to hold stake, and it is a truly great area for accommodating a wide variety of marijuana smokers, vapers, dabbers, and eaters.

The festival is hosted annually on April 20 th at Civic Center Park. You can always check the website for details about volunteering, music artists, and more.

National Cannabis Festival

National Cannabis Festival

As far as cannabis festivals go, this one is just as much about celebrating as it is about jumping into the world of political activism. At the National Cannabis Festival, you can expect an absolutely insane crowd, amazing music, and much more. This is one event that is more than worth traveling to visit purely because of how big it is and how much attention it tends to bring. When you look at the site, you’ll be greeted with a stunning image showing you a large amount of enthusiastic marijuana lovers showing off their stuff while they lounge in a pleasant green space.

This festival has a ridiculous amount of opportunity to offer depending on your interests. There is, of course, the typical option to listen to music in a pleasant space and get high with friends. There are countless delicious food kiosks designed to help you with your munchie cravings. There are people and places ready to educate you on everything related to the marijuana industry from plant growth to legality. There are political groups ready and willing to help you to learn about what you can do to protect your rights and help people who have been criminally charged for marijuana use or possession. Basically, no matter who you are, you will find something exciting to do here.

A major selling point when it comes to this festival is the fact that it has exhibits, fairs, and contests. You can see all kinds of amazing things here and participate if you are a person who has something to share. This gives you the chance to show off your amazing products or devices to a wide audience that are eager to see what you can do. This DC weed event is perfect for getting your exciting creations out into the world so that you can help stoners everywhere see all of your amazing options.

The next National Cannabis Festival is April 18 th , 2020 at the RFK Festival Grounds.

Seattle Hempfest

If there is one marijuana festival that absolutely looks like it was designed by stoners, Hempfest is it. This is one festival that more than capitalizes on the image of cannabis and proudly shows it off. If you visit Hempfest, prepare to be overwhelmed with images of weed covering every single surface. You’ll definitely know that you are at the right place when you arrive at this waterfront event that is sure to show you a good time.

Hempfest is a huge event that will more than live up to your marijuana enthusiasm levels. This is one festival that is not only shrouded in a passion for weed, but also with the drama that comes with it. Most recently, the festival ran into issues with the port itself because festival workers were denied use of an easy access road to bring in all of the bits and pieces that make this festival possible. However, the event coordinators were not stopped by this, and the festival will carry on for many years to come by the look of it.

Hempfest is known for bringing together cannabis enthusiasts and focusing on all of the benefits that this amazing plant can bring for those who use it. This is a high energy event that draws a huge crowd and offers everything ranging from music to education. You’ll find that this is one festival that they keep trying to shut down, which is how you know that it is a good one. In recent years, Hempfest has even spread the use of their namesake to other events around the country.

The next Seattle Hempfest event is August 14 th -16 th and there is a licensed equivalent in Florida on October 12 th and 13 th .

Cannagrow Expo

For those who are more than just marijuana enthusiasts, this might be the festival for you. Cannagrow Expo is a festival that is focused on bringing together people who love marijuana and grow it too. This is an event that is great for people who grow their own weed and even better for people who plan on going into a full marijuana business. It is a way for growers to come together to learn about the industry and all of the amazing things that make the marijuana business what it is. It is a collaboration of education and keen insight into a newly developing market.

While anyone can attend this festival, it is certainly catered towards people who are known for growing their own weed. It is an excellent place for big names to showcase technology and grow techniques to a rapt audience interested in learning how to improve their craft. Whether you are looking to grow a little weed for yourself or to hit the ground running with a new business, there is plenty to learn at this amazing festival. You can get educated about anything and everything pertaining to the cannabis industry all with the benefit of being surrounded by a collection of experts. It’s a great way to find out what improvements are being made so that you can optimize your own process. There is no better way to learn as much as you can in a single day.

The next events are as follow:
– 10th CannaGrow Expo, April 17 th -18 th 2020, Chicago, IL.
– Cultivation Week & The 11th CannaGrow Expo, November 9 th -13 th 2020, Palm Springs, CA.

Cannafest

Whether you’re a cannabis connoisseur, enthusiast, or entrepreneur, there is so much to explore at Prague’s Cannafest. You can admire and purchase everything from smoking and vaping accessories, seeds, and growing supplies, to cannabis-themed artwork and hemp-based cosmetics, clothing, and more. You can also sample some of the tastiest edibles in the industry! If growing cannabis is where your interest lies, Cannafest features a thorough look at all of the latest seeds, fertilizers, and cultivation technology. There is definitely something for every cannabis fan at this event! In addition to all of the fun, Cannafest is actively working to raise cannabis awareness through the media and has partnered with several major legalization efforts.

Cannafest has been running for 10 years, and it is the biggest cannabis trade show in the world – growing larger each year! In 2018, Cannafest featured 276 vendors from 27 countries and welcomed over 30,000 attendees. Pre-registered business visitors can also attend the B2B EuroAmCBC conference, the day before Cannafest opens its doors to the public (included in the ticket price). This conference focuses on how best to connect the well-established European cannabis markets with the new ones that have begun to pop up all over America. Whether you’re interested in starting your own cannabis business, growing your own weed, or just enjoying the crowd and doing some shopping, Cannafest is sure to be a fun and educational time!

The next Cannafest is November 1st – 3rd, 2019, at the PVA Expo Prague Letnany. The B2B EuroAmCBC conference will be held on October 31st at the same location.

Conclusion

Cannabis festivals are a great way for cannabis lovers to learn, have fun, unite, and grow. There is something truly special about bringing together people who appreciate this plant and what it can do for everyone. If you’re looking to have a good time or learn a ton about the marijuana industry, a cannabis festival is a perfect way to educate yourself and jam out at the same time. Don’t miss out on these amazing opportunities to connect with your fellow cannabis enthusiasts and spend a day having fun. You simply cannot beat good food, good company, a solid education, and a ton of marijuana. You’ll love the energy at these events, and it is a great way to spend time with friends. Load up on your favorite strain and head out to one of these festivals for some good old-fashioned fun!

With the ongoing legalization of marijuana, 2020 is bringing us new variations of the 420 event, but what are these gatherings really like?