4/20 cannabis events in Portland

Celebrate cannabis' biggest day of the year at these highly inspired affairs.

RootedNW_2 cropAn employee holds cannabis flower at Rooted Northwest.
Thomas Teal

When April 20 (also known as “four-twenty” — slang for marijuana) rolls around, cannabis connoisseurs across the country celebrate their love of  the bud. And where better to celebrate 4/20 than in a city with a vibrant, legal cannabis culture?

Recreational marijuana use and possession have been legal in Portland since 2016. There are rules, of course: Cannabis can only be smoked or consumed by visitors aged 21 and over, and only on private property, away from public view. (Using cannabis in a public place can lead to a hefty fine, so be careful!) Visitors cannot drive or bike under the influence of the drug, and certainly can’t transport it across state lines.

With those regulations in mind, however, it’s perfect legal to buy, share, receive and give away cannabis. It’s even legal to possess up to one ounce of the stuff — and while that may not sound like a lot, it’s enough for roughly 85 joints, according to the New York Times.

Now that you know the rules, here’s a look back at how Portlanders indulged in some 4/20 fun in 2018.

Two Flowers CBD Fest at Coalition Brewing

To showcase the similarities between hemp and hops, Coalition Brewing created a series of beers infused with CBD (the non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis). Patrons got to enjoy a pint of craft beer (or two) on their spacious patio while digging into food, games and lectures from cannabis industry leaders.

Learn to Burn with Make and Mary

Attendees of this Make and Mary class learned the art of pyrography (artistic wood burning) during their Design Week Portland workshop. Within the walls of Tillamook Station, a privately owned design collective, attendees received all the tools and instruction needed to customize their very own wooden pipe. The event was BYOW (“w” for “weed”).

Club Kai Kai with Laganja Estranja

Nightlife lovers celebrated 4/20 with a night of thumping beats and drag-queen realness at Club Kai Kai, Holocene’s monthly club-kid dance party, featuring guest performer Laganja Estranja from season six of Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

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