On April 26th, the CSU Monterey Bay chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) hosted the second annual Cannabis Legalization Rally in the main quad of CSUMB. The rally featured live music from campus bands, speeches about the injustice of the so-called ‘War on Drugs,’ and organizing for cannabis legalization in California in November 2010.
Wednesday, April 21st was the first day of the expanded Farmers’ Market in downtown Santa Cruz.
While I was finishing lunch in a nearby restaurant, I heard the owner speaking with one of her employees about the expansion of the market, and she was not happy about it. She said that the increased amount of goods and services now being offered each Wednesday at the Farmers’ Market will have a negative impact on her restaurant and other downtown businesses. The feelings expressed by this longtime owner of a downtown restaurant do not correspond with an announcement from the Farmers’ Market which states, “The plans for the new Downtown Market have engendered excitement and full support from downtown businesses located adjacent to the market.”
The Farmers’ Market was also strangely quiet compared to previous weeks. Notably absent was the weekly drum circle and the crowd it attracts. And a vendor was selling artisan bread where for years, Food Not Bombs had been distributing free meals to anyone.
The annual Four Twenty celebration of marijuana at UC Santa Cruz drew thousands of people to the Porter Meadow.
Four-Twenty, the international day of celebration for the cannabis culture held annually on April 20th, saw record numbers of marijuana consumers and legalization advocates at huge rallies across the planet this year.
Pot-puffing peoples from cities in Canada, the United States, and other points across the globe came out in force to proclaim their love for the cannabis plant and show authorities it is time to end marijuana prohibition.
The annual Four Twenty celebration at UC Santa Cruz drew thousands of people to the Porter Meadow, where people made music, danced, played in costumes, chilled with friends, and of course, smoked copious amounts of marijuana in pipes, joints, blunts, bongs and bubblers.
“Smoking marijuana may not be addictive, but cultivating it is.”
The International Cannabis and Hemp Exposition took place at the Cow Palace in Daly City on April 17 and 18, 2010. The expo, which had the first permitted area for the use of medical marijuana, was the largest event of its kind to hit Northern California.
Established activist organizations dished out information to prospective members, and hundreds of vendors pitched their freshest accessories to thousands of medical marijuana patients and connoisseurs. At the same time, prominent members of the cannabis community discussed a wide-range of topics, including marijuana cultivation, medication and prohibition. However the main buzz, on and off stage, was the initiative to “legalize, control, and tax cannabis in California,” which is to be decided by voters in the state during the November 2010 elections.