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National Pot Smoking Day: 420 Day pro-pot rallies, smoke-outs & Weed Day events

National Pot Smokers Day 2014: 420 Day Pro-Pot Rallies, Smoke-Outs & Marijuana Events
National Pot Smokers Day 2014: 420 Day Pro-Pot Rallies, Smoke-Outs & Marijuana Events
Gerhard Taatgen Jr

Have you heard the latest "buzz?" According to The Guardian report published on April 16, an annual event is right around the corner and people around the world are ready to celebrate! April 20, 2014, is National Pot Smoking Day, also "reefer-ed" to as Weed Day, 420 Day, 4/20 Day, World Pot Smoking Day or National Pot Smokers Day. Regardless of what you call it, it's an annual event observed by marijuana enthusiasts around the world.

420 Origins

While the origins may be a bit "foggy," many believe the slang "420" was coined by a group of pot-smoking teens from San Rafael High School back in the 1970s. "420" served as a reminder to the group, who called themselves the Waldos, as to the time they were to light up - 4:20. And their idea became a "hit!" Each year, the event takes place on April 20, the 20th day of the fourth month. Many celebrate by lighting up at exactly 4:20.

The Great Marijuana Debate

While the majority of Americans now support legalizing the controversial substance, marijuana still remains an illegal substance in many parts of the United States and other nations. National Pot Smokers Day brings attention to the heated legalization debate while politicians, pundits, proponents and opponents continue the conversation.

420 Day Events Around the World

Let's be "blunt." Each year, thousands feel the reefer by tokin’ and smokin’ on April 20. People from all over the world celebrate National Pot Smoking Day by participating in pro-pot protests, peaceful rallies, smoke-outs and marches.

Hyde Park - Once again, thousands will attend 420 Day in London's Hyde Park. Last year, 10,000 attended the event and this year is expected to be even bigger.

420 Vancouver - Grab some maple syrup and poutine! If you are in the beautiful Vancouver area, be sure to check out this event, eh!

420 Toronto - Speaking of Canada, if you are in the Toronto area, be sure to stop on by Yonge-Dundas Square from noon to 6:00 p.m. on April 20, 2014. According to the Facebook page, currently more than 3,000 are planning to attend the annual event.

420 Montreal - Folks in Montreal will also celebrate the occasion from 12 - 5:00 p.m. on April 20, 2014, at Mount Royal. Prizes for best poster and best pot plant will take place at 4:20.

Denver 420 Rally - Touted as the "Largest 420 Rally in the World," the Denver 420 Rally is a free, two-day event that will kick off April 19 and last into the evening of April 20, 2014. Located in Civic Center Park in Denver, Wyclef Jean, B.O.B., Rose Quartz and The Expendables will be part of the entertainment. Activists, vendors and a High Noon Hemp Fashion Show will also be part of the event.

Arizona 420 Festival - This "semi-private gathering" takes place from April 18 - 20, 2014, at the Crown Plaza Hotel. Fishbone, Marlon Asher and Ramonz are just a few of the entertainers scheduled to perform. Two nightclubs, two pool parties, speakers and various classes will also be part of the fest.

Seattle Hempfest - This event takes place from 3 - 11:59 p.m. on April 20, 2014. Free to members.

420 Festival - Located at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, the 7th Annual 420 Festival kicks off April 19 and ends at 6:00 p.m. on April 20, 2014. There will be live entertainment, carnival rides, vendor village, lights, lasers, a LED wall, food and drink.

Wake 'N Bacon Brunch - If you're more into munchies and a mellow type of vibe, check out the Wake 'N Bacon event on April 20, 2014. Enjoy a delicious brunch featuring sweet and savory pastries, famous bacon sticks, refreshing Mimosas, Bloody Mary cocktails and a full service espresso bar at an undisclosed location along the historic Baker Street. Sip on your favorite cocktail in your comfy PJs and slippers and watch cartoons, too. $95.

Daze on the Green - This three-day music fest takes place at Denver's Sculpture Park from April 18 - 20, 2014. But you better hurry - tickets are selling fast.

National 4/20 March, Rally and Concert in Washington D.C. - This one-day event begins at noon and ends at 5:00 p.m. on April 20, 2014, at the Sylvan Theater. Speakers, local bands and D.C's own DJ will be on hand.

Be sure to enter the "Gigantic 4/20 Science Contest" for a chance to win some great prizes. No purchase is necessary.

Let the good times "roll!" Please visit the specific website for more information on the 420 Day events listed above.