In keeping with tradition hundreds of marijuana supporters gathered at Edmonton’s legislature building to enjoy a puff with fellow weed smokers on April 20th, otherwise known as 4-20 or national weed day.
This was a particularly special edition of 4-20 as the Liberal government announced early in the day their plans to introduce legislation that will legalize marijuana in the spring of 2017.
While pot smokers were happy to hear the news many wondered if the drug becoming legal would mean the end of public pot gatherings like the ones happening every year on April 20th.
630 CHED went down to Edmonton’s legislature to speak with some of the pot enthusiasts, getting their opinions on the future of 4-20 events.
Randy was very excited about the announcement and believes it will mean next year’s 4-20 gathering will be even better.
“I think it will be celebrated more cause it’s legal now, now there isn’t this fear or stigma associated with it, it’s going to be a much more open thing which I think will bring people together.”
Bryan also believes the culture will continue.
“The culture has grown up around it (pot) there is people with shirts that say 4-20 so you really have to understand smoking in public is part of the culture.”
Just for measure, Rick stated despite the legalization of pot he will be headed out to celebrate 4-20 next year.
“Its not going to be the last 4-20, 4-20 is going to come around every year and were all still going to come out and celebrate.”
The Canadian public appears to agree with the Liberal’s decision to legalize the drug. According to a poll conducted by the Reid Institute 68% of Canadians feel that pot should be legal. de