WEED Day is an unofficial commemoration dedicated to cannabis that is marked at various locations around the world each year.
Leaflets gather to smoke or consume marijuana (cannabis) together, with some taking the occasion to press for the legalization of the drug – here is everything you need to know …
When is 420 Day and why is it celebrated?
Herb day falls on April 20th every year.
In the US calendar, that date is written as 4/20 – digits that have become synonyms for cannabis culture.
In nine US states, recreational use of cannabis is legal for people 21 years of age or older.
It is a half day of celebration and half a call to action – calling for the decriminalization of the drug.
What relevance does 420 have for smoking marijuana?
Urban legend suggested that 420 was the criminal code California police used to categorize marijuana cases.
However, this theory has been discredited as the digits are linked to invasion offenses.
Many believe that the culture originated from the San Rafael School in California.
In 1971, five students allegedly worked out a plan to meet at 4:20 pm where they embarked on a mission to find a batch of growing cannabis plants nearby.
Even if their mission has not been successful, there are rumors that 420 have continued to be used as a secret code for marijuana.
Today, a term used to describe the consumption of weeds remains, especially around 4:20 pm.
How is Weeding Day celebrated?
Festivities are broadcast in the US, where observances were held at venues such as Hippie Hill at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and Parliament Hill in Ontario.
Cannabis lovers in other countries have also recently adopted tradition.
Hyde Park in London has proven to be a strong point for Weed Day celebrations over the years.
The celebrations are also usually marked in Dunedin, New Zealand, at the University of Otago.
At some events, revelers used the party to protest marijuana legalization.
In previous years, Snapchat launched a face filter option for Weed Day on April 20.
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Is cannabis use legal in the UK?
The Home Office says: "It is illegal for UK residents to have cannabis in any form."
Growing, owning or distributing Class B drugs is against the law, but some advice in the UK does not persecute those who use cannabis for "personal use."
The maximum penalty for possession of cannabis is five years imprisonment and unlimited fine.
Cases of drug trafficking or trafficking can lead to convictions of up to 14 years in prison.