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7 Ways to Celebrate 420 in Missouri for 2021
From Kansas City to St. Louis, Unionville to Branson, 2021 is the first year that MO residents can legally celebrate 420.
Missouri cannabis culture has lots of nuances that vary, depending on where you sit on the spectrum of enthusiasts. There is, however, one phrase that almost everyone has heard, whether they use cannabis or not—420.
Missouri Marijuana Card is celebrating 420 on 4/20 by offering $42 off of the regular price of new and renewal marijuana evaluations. On Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 only, schedule a marijuana evaluation appointment and enter the code 420BLOG for your special deal on this special day!
If qualifying for medical marijuana in Missouri is your first experience with 420, you may wonder what it means. Does 420 mean marijuana itself? Does 420 mean using marijuana? Does 420 mean having marijuana? The answer to all these questions is yes.
420 is a term that has come to mean all things cannabis. Vocal inflection and meanings within your own particular circle indicate which meaning related to marijuana that 420 refers to in any given use.
But where did 420 even come from? And what can you do to celebrate the day, April 20th? Keep reading to learn about the history and origin of 420, and to get some ideas for how everyone involved in Missouri cannabis culture—medical or otherwise—can join together to celebrate our favorite plant.
How Did “420” Catch On in Missouri?
There are lots of legends for where 420 originated (almost everyone agrees that its first use was in California):
It was a police code for catching people smoking marijuana in California.
It was a civil code against smoking marijuana in California.
Least favorite explanation: It’s a reference to Hitler’s birthday.
Favorite explanation: It’s a reference to Bob Dylan’s hit song, Rainy Day Woman #12 & #35 (12x35= 420), in which “Everybody must get stoned!”
There are dozens of pop culture references to 420, including some of the clocks in Pulp Fiction and in Nickelodeon’s Rocko’s Modern Life. Stoners are always looking for the code, and sometimes they actually find it.
However, the most supported origin story of 420 took place in 1971, with a group of five San Rafael California teens, who were called the Waldos because they hung out by a certain wall every day after school. They were involved in extracurricular activities, and they usually met up around 4:20 every day.
At some point, one of the Waldos learned of the tragedy of a Coast Guardsman who planted a marijuana plant and could no longer maintain his crop. Someone had a treasure map, and they made a plan to find the secret garden of cannabis. They would meet on April 20th at 4:20, and embark on their mission to find the motherload of wild weed.
One of the Waldos had connections to the Grateful Dead, and 420 started catching on in the “Deadhead” community. It was at this point that then High Times writer Steven Bloom attended a concert and was handed a flyer using 420 as code for smoking marijuana.
He then published it in one of his articles, and the rest is history.
Seven Ways to Celebrate 420 in Missouri
If you are looking for ways to celebrate 420 in Missouri, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you are an old-school stoner, or you are just getting started with medical marijuana, we’ve got plenty of fun ideas for how you can celebrate this now famous day for cannabis.
You can celebrate all day on April 20th, or you can celebrate every day at 4:20. Either way, this day is about the togetherness that plant medicine has inspired all over the country.
1. Get a Missouri Marijuana Card
As of right now, you need a Missouri marijuana card to celebrate 420 with actual marijuana. Fortunately, the list of conditions that can be treated with medical cannabis is long, and it's easy to qualify.
Plus, for 4/20 only, we’ve got a special deal for new patients to get $42 off their first marijuana evaluation—and renewal evaluations, too—with one of our compassionate doctors. If you need a Missouri marijuana card, contact us on 4/20/2021, to schedule an appointment, enter 420BLOG for $42 off your evaluation, and you could be getting the relief you need before you know it!
2. Visit a Missouri Cannabis Dispensary
New dispensaries are opening up all over Missouri. Greenlights in Joplin, Poplar Bluff, Ferguson and Independence; Swades in Ellisville and The Grove; and so many others from the small independent dispensaries to larger conglomerates—people all over the Show-Me State are getting access to natural relief.
Missouri dispensaries are now carrying a wide variety of strains in flower format, as well as Wana and Robhots edibles, and topicals for targeted relief. Vape pens are the latest to hit the market with expanding availability, and rumor has it that hash will be the next hot item.
Once you have your marijuana card, you can visit any open dispensary in Missouri and purchase whatever your cannabis-loving heart desires.
3. Plant Some Marijuana
That’s right! When you have a Missouri marijuana card, you can get a cultivation permit and grow your own medical marijuana. You could bring an entire new meaning to having a “green thumb,” and grow cannabis plants in your backyard, your basement, or even your bedroom closet.
When it's time to harvest, you can cure your marijuana buds for smoking and dry-vaping, or you can use them to make your own marijuana extracts. Processed products can be as advanced as making shatter (a glass-like product that you dab), or as simple as sticking cured buds into some Everclear and giving it a good shake every so often for a few months to make a tincture.
4. Watch A Classic Stoner Movie
There is a stoner movie for every taste. If you’re feeling like digging deep into the history of marijuana, you could go with Reefer Madness. Click the hyperlink to find the whole movie on YouTube. This 1937 movie was such a cultural phenomenon that they even made a musical based on it with Kristen Bell in 2005.
If you’re looking for less of a period piece for your marijuana-related entertainment on 4/20, you could go for a classic like Up in Smoke or Dazed and Confused. For more stoner movie ideas, check out this list.
5. Try Cooking With Cannabis
The art of cooking with cannabis is not an easy one to master. But this is one case where the trial and error portion of learning a new skill could be just as fun (if not more fun) than perfecting your craft on the first try.
Consider getting a cookbook for yourself like this one, called Bong Appétit: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Weed [A Cookbook]. Or check out Cooked With Cannabis on Netflix for some high inspiration.
6. Learn Marijuana Etiquette
No one likes getting called out for poor marijuana etiquette. You may not be sharing your stash with other Missouri marijuana cardholders due to COVID, but it’s not too early to learn that “bogarting the doob” is never good.
Check out Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, from Dispensaries to Dinner Parties, written by Lizzie Post, great granddaughter of etiquette queen Emily Post, to learn why pinkies are always up, even when passing around the bong.
7. Donate to a Cannabis-Related Charity
Think about spending that extra $42 you save off of a marijuana evaluation through Missouri Marijuana Card when you schedule on 4/20 and enter 420BLOG on helping others.
When you want to feel your best, medical marijuana helps with a natural treatment that means relief. You can help others through cannabis by donating to charities that conduct studies and help people get access, like Realm of Caring.
Or you can help people whose lives have been devastated by unequal law enforcement for nonviolent cannabis-related crimes, through organizations like The Last Prisoner Project.
Either way, you are celebrating the togetherness that cannabis inspires, while helping yourself and others feel good about plant medicine.
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