Coronavirus Cancels 420

Coronavirus Cancels 420

Authorities in San Francisco, home to one of the largest and longest-running 420 celebrations in the country, have joined Denver in canceling the annual cannabis fete amid concerns over the widening novel coronavirus pandemic. Long a “renegade” underground event with no sponsor or permitting, the yearly gathering on Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park near the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood has become somewhat tamed in the legalization era. Since 2018, 420 has been a city-sanctioned event, with a permit, a sponsor, fencing and other trappings of legitimacy. The coronavirus has changed all that. San Francisco has been under a shelter-in-place order since Monday. While cannabis dispensaries have been declared “essential businesses” and will remain open — following a brief period of closure on Tuesday — public gatherings of more than 10 people are forbidden and all citizens are advised to practice social distancing. With that in mind, the city’s Recreation and Park Department will not issue 420 an event permit, agency spokeswoman Tamara Barak Aparton told Cannabis Now on Wednesday. “We’re under the shelter-in-place order, with no gatherings until at least April 7,” she said. “With that in mind, obviously we had to cancel it.” Alex Arquino, a Haight-Ashbury merchant who has secured the 420 event permit for the last few years, told Cannabis Now that the decision was expected. “There’s bigger stuff than 420 going on right now,” he said, adding that “it’s too soon to say” if a replacement event, a sort of “420 observed,” might happen later in the spring or in the…

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