Weed's '4/20' Celebration Moves Online

Rob Hart
April 20, 2020 - 2:32 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- April 20 or 4/20 is a big day in cannabis culture, but this year's celebration of all things marijuana will take place virtually.

In Illinois, 4/20/2020 was supposed to be an especially boisterous celebration of marijuana in all of its forms, because it was the first 4/20 to take place after the sale of legal marijuana started in January.

COVID-19 is blunting in-person celebrations of 4/20, but marijuana advocates are quick to point out that it can still be consumed inside the comfort of your own home.

"Everyone who is legally able to consume, should be consuming today on 4/20, if they want to," said Edie Moore.

Edie Moore is executive director of the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws or NORML.  She said 4/20 is more than just a celebration of pot.  It is also a celebration of the work activists have done over the decades to legalize recreational marijuana in several states, including Illinois.

"We celebrate the advocacy work of NORML and organizations that it has inspired, of all the chapters, and all of the work that we do," Moore said.

Her organization was in the process of organizing a cannabis health fair when the COVID pandemic forced the shutdown of in person events.  The conferences and speeches are now available online.

"We couldn't have been more disappointed not to be meeting and doing this in person," Moore said.

She adds that she hopes marijuana enthusiasts can meet and share product in person on April 20, 2021.