‘Wake and Bake’ in The Park: 420 #Cannabis Festival Returns To The UK

Daze in the park: 420 #cannabis festival returns to UK

Published time: April 16, 2015 15:41 URL
Reuters / Ueslei Marcelino

A controversial pro-cannabis festival will return to the UK as part of a worldwide series of events campaigning for the legalization of marijuana.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event in London’s Hyde Park this
weekend. A similar event will be held at Manchester’s Platt Fields Park.

Now held annually, around 10,000 people attended the London
festival last year, where participants openly smoked cannabis,
according to the event’s organizers.

The two-day event’s Facebook page reads: “Get all your
friends to come along“ “lets show the Gov that we WANT LEGAL
CANNABIS” [sic].

The term ‘420’ has become universally known as the code word for
cannabis. A group of weed-smoking students coined the term while
searching for an abandoned crop of marijuana in California in
1971.

More than 60 cannabis social clubs are coming together for the
event to encourage members, friends and the curious to join. The
event is set to start around noon, with live music and speakers.

The 420 Day event is hosted by NORML UK and the UK Cannabis
Social Clubs (UKCSC).

“The cannabis community is crying out for legalization and
regulation,”
Greg de Hoedt, president of UKCSC, told the
Guardian last year. “We encourage growers to register with
UKCSC because we want data we can present to authorities and say:
this many people grow cannabis, this many people are growing for
medicinal purposes; and we can also establish which strains work
with which illnesses.”

The cultivation, sale and consumption of cannabis is already
legal in some states in the US and in Uruguay.