International 420 Events: Is Your City Hosting One?

Published on March 10, 2016, By Lynn B

Marijuana News

420 Events: The famed 420 stoner’s holiday is always surrounded by events and marches to show public support for the end of prohibition of marijuana. A list of international events has been compiled here. Regardless of where you are in the world, there are opportunities to get involved and show your support for this wonderful plant we call cannabis. We will be covering the American 420 events nextDid we miss your city’s event? Comment below and we’ll add it in!

Marcha da Maconha Curitiba 2016

Curitiba, Brazil

Date:  Sunday, April 17, 2016

Time: 3pm (UTC-03)

Location: Boca Maldita

Av. Luis Xavier, 79 – Centro

Curitiba – PR, 80020-020

Brazil

The 10th annual Marcha da Maconha Curitiba is set to take place the Sunday before April 20th this year at the Boca Maldita in Curitiba. The march takes place each year to protest the illegality of “maconha” in Brazil and to show civil support for legalizing the plant nationally. The event is hosted by the Marijuana March event group as well as BatuCannabis, which is a cannabis carnival group that aims to spread the culture and support of legalizing marijuana through skits and folk songs. More information is promised soon on the event page, however it is written solely in Portuguese.

Facebook Event Page

Official Marcha da Maconha Curitiba Website (tickets)

Smoke Out Vancouver

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date:  Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Time: 10am – 7pm (PDT)

Location: Sunset Beach Vancouver Downtown

1204 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC

V6E 1V3

Smoke Out Vancouver, also referred to as 420 Vancouver 2016 on the event’s official Facebook page, is an event held in the urban heart of one of the most notorious Canadian provinces in the cannabis game. While this event has been held in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery at Victory Square Park every year since 1995, the event will now be held at Sunset Beach this year and into the foreseeable future to accommodate the ever-growing crowd of supporters drawn to the event each year. Marijuana supporters will gather at Sunset Beach all day “to protest against prohibition and celebrate our love for marijuana” according to the event page on social media. Bring your bud but keep the brews at home as this is an alcohol-free event, only cannabis is allowed at the celebration. Marijuana is still illegal in Canada, however the organization in charge of the venue has agreed to look past that particular bylaw for the event, so attendees should not have a problem with law enforcement.

Facebook Event Page

Official Website

Annual London 420 Pro-Cannabis Rally

London, England

Date:  Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Time: 12pm (UTC+01)

Location: Hyde Park, Speaker’s Corner

Westminster, London, England

Cannabis supporters will be gathering again this year at Hyde Park in Westminster, London. The event is hosted by several London- and UK-based pro-cannabis groups such as Norml UK, London Cannabis Club, Norml UK Women’s Alliance, United Kingdom Cannabis Social Clubs, The Cannabis Quilt UK, and Feed the Birds. The event is held for the purpose of protesting the antiquated anti-cannabis laws in the UK and showing support for legal cannabis for all adults. As a fair warning, cannabis is illegal in the UK and last year over a dozen people were arrested at the event by police for cannabis-related offenses. This is still a very small percentage of the 10,000+ attendees, so while you are warned of the illegality of your actions, the sheer number of people at the event will seemingly keep the number of arrests down.

Facebook Event Page

Recap of 2015 Event Arrests

420 Toronto 2016

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date:  Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Time: 10am – 7pm (EDT)

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square

1 Dundas St E

Toronto, Ontario M5B 2R8

A small group of staunch cannabis activists have organized this Toronto-based event successfully for the last nine years, and plan to have another successful event this year on their tenth canniversary. The event will include around 45 scheduled speakers, activists, comedians, bands, and entertainers, over 20 different vendors selling everything from glass pieces to edibles, and is sponsored by 5 pro-cannabis businesses including WeedMaps. While the event page lists a start time of 10am, the scheduled entertainment and speakers will begin at noon and will continue until after 6pm that evening. Expect a day filled with music, comedy, activists, intellectuals, and, of course, cannabis.

Facebook Event Page

Free Cannabis Victoria 420 Rally

Melbourne, Australia

[The 6th Annual Free Cannabis Victoria 420 Rally: credit]

Date:  Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Time: 2pm – 6pm (GMT/UTC +10:00)

Location: Flagstaff Gardens “420 Gardens”

309-311 William St

West Melbourne VIC 3003

The Free Cannabis 420 Rally held in Melbourne has the simple message that prohibition hurts people, and we should do everything we can to end it. As stated on the event’s website, they “will be celebrating with a peaceful act of mass civil disobedience throughout the event as a protest to cannabis prohibition” and do not intend to cause any disruptions. Medical and recreational users are encouraged to come and meet fellow cannabis users, while glass enthusiasts and musicians are welcome to bring their wares and instruments to the rally. The organizers of this event want to raise awareness about the “discrimination, persecution, and oppression” that is brought about by cannabis prohibition and want to show society at large that cannabis consumers are normal, bright, cheerful, compassionate people and are nothing to fear.

Official Event Page

Free Juana 420 Rally 2016

Puerta de Tierra, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Date:  Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Time: 2pm (AST)

Location: Luis Muñoz Rivera Park

Puerta de Tierra

San Juan, 00901

Puerto Rico

The 2016 Free Juana 420 Rally will commence at 2pm on the namesake day 4/20/2016 as supporters gather in preparation for the march that begins at 4pm. The march will begin at The Luis Muñoz Rivera Park in San Juan and will continue to the capital. This event is hosted by the non-profit organization Fundación Free Juana and has gear that can be purchased from their website for the event such as shirts and hats.

Facebook Event Page

Fundación Free Juana Facebook Page

Amsterdam 420

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Date:  Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Time: 3pm – 5pm (UTC+02)

Location: Vondelpark Openluchttheater

Vondelpark 5a

1071 AA Amsterdam

Netherlands

The event held in the notoriously cannabis-friendly city of Amsterdam is more of a grassroots event that is focused on bringing marijuana supporters together on the international day of cannabis celebration. This year there are no scheduled speakers, but cannabis activist and support groups are welcome to bring megaphones to spread the word about their cause at the event. The organizing group hopes to spread the understanding that regulating the cannabis market by making it legal is more helpful than harmful.

Facebook Event Page

Official Event Page (still under construction)

Hempstock

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Date:  Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Time: 10am – 9pm (UTC+01)

Location: Glasgow Green

Greendykes St.

Saltmarket, Glasgow G1 5DB

Ireland, UK

The Hempstock event held at Glasgow Green is held to provide speakers a platform and an audience to speak out to about cannabis prohibition. It is an event aimed at bringing cannabis supporters together for a day full of entertainment, enlightening talks, and prize giveaways and raffles. The event is hosted by the United Kingdom Cannabis Social Clubs and Glasgow Cannabis Social Club and this is the 5th year the event will be held. Bring your blankets, meet some new friends, and enjoy some live music on the lawn of Glasgow Green at Hempstock 2016.

Facebook Event Page

420 Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Date:  Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Time: 12pm (EDT)

Location: The Vapor Trail Lounge

5444 Victoria Avenue

Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3L2

Canada

The Vapor Trail Lounge is hosting a 420 rally to show support for the repeal of the prohibition of marijuana. The rally begins at noon at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Highway 420, then proceeds to Queen Victoria Park where a massive 4:20 session is to be held overlooking the glorious Canada-side view of Niagara Falls. There will be prizes given out for Best Costume, Best Sign, and Fanciest Joint and there will be giveaways all day long followed by an after party at The Vapor Trail Lounge with live entertainment and bands.

Facebook Event Page

GMM Warm Up München

Munich, Germany

Date:  Saturday, April 23, 2016

Time: 12pm-9pm (UTC+02)

Location: Bayrischer Cannabis Verband

Bayerwaldstrasse 31

81737 Munich, Germany

Global Marijuana March held in the capital of Deutschland is an annual event that takes place to show commitment to and support of the legalization of cannabis as a medicine and as a raw material. The event will include keynote speaker, Juvenile Judge Andreas Muller as well as speakers from the opposing party to give multiple perspectives and allow for communication between sides of the issue of legalization. “Participants unite to discuss, promote, entertain and educate both consumers and non-consumers alike,” (source).

Facebook Event Page

MardiGrass 2016

Nimbin, NSW, Australia

Date:  Friday, April 29, 2016 – Sunday, May 1, 2016

Time: 10:45am on Friday, April 29th is the annual MardiGrass Opening Ceremony, but there are events all weekend long through Sunday evening.

Location: Nimbin Hemp Embassy (and surrounding festival grounds)

51 Cullen St.

Nimbin NSW 2480

Australia

MardiGrass 2016 is an awareness-based festival and rally that lasts an entire weekend and includes options to buy camping passes for the weekend as well as a la carte event passes. This event has been going on for nearly a quarter of a century and has grown in size consistently over time, gaining support for marijuana legalization all the while. The festival features speakers on marijuana law reform that are both Australian and international (including one fellow, Abe Acton, from Colorado). There will also be live music, local food and drinks, comedy shows, movie screenings, parades, and art exhibits. The festival is home to the Hemp Olympix and is hosted in part at the Nimbin Hemp Embassy as well as at Nimbin Town Hall, Peace Park, and many of the roadways in between.

Official Event Page

India Global Cannabis March 2016

Bengaluru, India

Date:  Saturday, May 7, 2016

Time: 4:20pm (UTC+08)

Location: Bengaluru, India (more details to come)

The Marijuana March in India will be held two weekends after the 420 holiday this year and will include a march and speakers on the subject of marijuana prohibition. Participants come together for this event to educate consumers and non-consumers alike on the matter of cannabis illegality while providing entertaining and interesting ways to do so. The event will be held in Bengaluru this year, but if there is enough interest for another city to have a mirror event, another event page will be created and posted on the India-wide MMM Facebook page (linked below).

Facebook Event Page – India

Facebook Event Page – Bengaluru

Global Marijuana March Hosting Group (closed group, but still has good information that can be seen publicly without joining)

J Day Whangarei R18

Whangarei, New Zealand

Date:  Saturday, May 7, 2016

Time: 12pm (UTC+12)

Location: Whangarei, New Zealand

J Day in New Zealand is a tradition that has been around for decades and is one that coincides with the Global Marijuana March that many cities around the world take part in. The event in Whangarei is planning on having both international and kiwi speakers and entertainment, and those announcements will be made on the event’s social media page.

Facebook Event Page (still being updated)

420 New Zealand (community page for 420 advocates)

Marcha Mundial Marihuana Peru 420

Lima, Peru

Date:  Saturday, May 7, 2016

Time: 2pm (UTC-05)

Location: Plaza Washington

Lima 15046

Peru

The Global Marihuana March in Peru will take place in the capitol city of Lima this year on the first full weekend in May. This year is especially important for Peru because 2016 is an election year. The decisions made in this year’s elections may mean decriminalization or legalization, but could also mean doom for all the progress that has been made over the years in Peru. The march will take place to show public support for legalization and to discuss candidates in the upcoming election that show the most promise of legalization support.

Facebook Event Page

Global Marijuana March 2016 – Malmö

Malmö, Sweden

Date:  Saturday, May 7, 2016

Time: 12 AM (UTC+02) according to the event page

Location: Malmö, Sweden

Another installation of the Global Marijuana March will take place in Malmo, Sweden this year. The exact location has not been decided upon yet, but when it is the location and more detailed information will be posted on the event’s social media page (linked below). As with most other events hosted at this time of year, cannabis supporters will be gathering to show their support in the hopes that cannabis decriminalization and legalization are in the future.

This post was originally published on March 10, 2016, it was updated on March 15, 2017.

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