Aficionados of flowers — both of the blooming white and pink kind, and of the dried, green pungent variety — are sure to encounter some lively celebrations and dreaded traffic delays on this weekend in San Francisco.
The annual gathering of people who consume cannabis in any of its forms on the grassy fields of Golden Gate Park coincides with the beginning of the 52nd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival at Japantown on Saturday. The annual parade for the Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled for Sunday. The festival celebrates the flower’s late-spring blooming and the color and grace of Japanese traditions, and culture, according to festival organizers.
Thousands are expected to pack the iconic Robin Williams Meadow for 420 on Saturday. People are quite likely to pack bowls of the leafy flower into any number of pipes or tools MacGyver’ed from apples to corn husks.
California legalised recreational cannabis use for adults last year. However, the legal marijuana market was met with challenges amid competition with the black market and hundreds of retailers have been going out of business since it got legalised.
That said, its prohibition has never stopped people from busting out fragrant brownies wrapped in plastic or from sharing thick blunts which are coated in kief with other sticky fingered participants in the Hippie Hill tradition that has been thriving for years.
Transportation officials said that a large group of participants is expected to assemble at the meadow and the Alvord Lake area of Golden Gate Park for the event on Saturday.