NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tuesday is April 20, or 4/20.
It’s a day marijuana users celebrate cannabis.
This year, it has taken on new meaning in our area as New York and New Jersey both legalized it, CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported.
Got your COVID-19 shot? Have some pot!
“If someone shows up with a proof of vaccine, they can get a free joint of cannabis,” said Nikolas Schiller of the group DC Marijuana Justice.
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The line for “Joints for Jabs” in Union Square snaked all the way around the park.
“Didn’t expect this, but this is New York,” one person said.
“If this is one of the benefits of doing our part, then I say hell yeah,” another person said.
Marijuana advocates say they wanted to get the word out about getting vaccinated and rolled enough joints for the expected “high” turnout, around 2,800.
“It definitely feels strange. It’s like, kind of like a new environment out here. Everyone is smoking in the open,” said Kobe Simpson of New Rochelle.
More than a dozen states have now legalized recreational marijuana use.
“I don’t know of anything in particular we’re doing to commemorate 4/20 in New Jersey,” Gov. Phil Murphy said.
Garden State residents recently voted to legalize weed. You can have up to six ounces outside.
On Monday, the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission met.
“Equity is front and center to make sure that not just in our criminal justice reform, but in the manner by which we set this industry up who gets to participate, who gets the licenses, who benefits from this. That equity is our driving principle,” Murphy said.
If you’re wondering how 4/20 got its name, there have been all kinds of stories over the years. But it’s believed to be traced to five northern California men who created the code while high school students in San Francisco in 1971.
They went looking for a marijuana garden and decided to meet at 4:20 p.m. after two of them finished football practice.
They kept the code going and it spread.
The Oxford English Dictionary even added 420 with a credit to them, defined as North American slang for the action of smoking marijuana.
Legal sales of recreational marijuana in New York won’t start for months, until regulations are set.