John Ross Ferrara / @ 5:55 p.m. / Activism, Marijuana and/or Cannabis

People on the Street: Is 420 Still a Thing?



File photo of Redwood Park on April 20, 2007.

Remember 420? That day where hundreds of Arcatans use to meet up in the community forest to openly smoke weed in defiance of state and federal prohibition?

Well, now that recreational weed is legal in California, gathering around a drum circle to get high on 420 is no longer a requirement. You can just go to the store, and that’s exactly what people did.

Dozens of recreational and medicinal cannabis users consistently lined the block outside the Humboldt Patient Resource Center in Arcata today, waiting up to 30 minutes for their chance to buy 5 cent joints among other holiday specials.

But now that recreational weed is legal in California, is 420 really still a thing?

LoCO hit the street to find out, asking these people in line what they thought about this year’s 420, and if the stoner holiday still has any real meaning behind it.

Angelo Mondragon. Photos of interviewees by John Ferrara.

It’s definitely still something fun to do. I like hanging out and smoking with my friends. - Angelo Mondagon



Chris Alt and Jake Langston.

Of course, there’s always the celebration part of it; sitting back and smoking with your buddies. - Chris Alt 


This year is okay. Next year it will probably get worse and become more of a Hallmark holiday. - Jake Langston


Morgan Brown.

“Just look at all the People in Line.” - Morgan Brown


“What a time to be alive.” - Rosalind Laver


HPRC Director Mariellen Jurkovich. First opened in 1999, HPRC received it’s recreational sales license in January.

At HPRC, 420 has always been a day of appreciation for our patients, and now our customers. - Mariellen Jurkovich


Scott Black.

Yeah, now it’s just accessible and a little more normalized. Look at the groups in this line. That’s what I love about the lines here. You’ll see everything from hillbillies, to grandmas, to gangsters. It’s humbling. - Scott Black


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