Joel Katz

Joel Katz

Joel Katz

Grapefruit on display at a market. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

4/20, also known as Weed Day, is a holiday celebrated in New Jersey by cannabis consumers and advocates around the world. It’s a day to celebrate the plant, its culture, and its many benefits.

The origins of 4/20 are somewhat murky. One popular theory is that it originated in San Rafael, California, in the 1970s, when a group of high school students would meet at 4:20 pm to smoke marijuana. The term “420” quickly spread among cannabis users, and eventually became a code word for marijuana.

Today, 4/20 is celebrated in a variety of ways. Some people smoke marijuana, while others attend festivals, concerts, and other events. There are also many educational events and workshops held on 4/20, to raise awareness about the benefits of cannabis.

But what about those who DON’T smoke and DON’T want to participate in any of the other 4/20 events?

Here are a few things you can do while NOT celebrating 4/20 day…

  • Learn to juggle grapefruit

    Juggling is hard to learn, but once you learn it you never forget. It’s like riding a bike except you don’t have to wear a helmet or signal when you turn. Juggling bikes is more difficult, but not impossible.

  • Check out a foreign film or independent film

    Do a deep dive into movies that aren’t promoted or marketed as well as the big blockbusters. If you’ve never tried marijuana and don’t plan to, why not watch a critically acclaimed foreign film with subtitles while you juggle grapefruit. I’m betting you’ve never tried that either.

  • Go out to dinner

    Thursday is a great night to go out to dinner with many restaurants offering special deals on Thursdays. Imagine enjoying half-price appetizers rather than inhaling a psychoactive drug from the cannabis plant. I should warn you that if you’re at a place with cheap munchies you may run into a few people who are celebrating 4/20.

  • Go to a museum or art gallery

    Many museums and art galleries offer free admission on certain days of the week, such as Thursday evenings. This is a great way to learn about new cultures and see some amazing art. However,  if you’re someone who is bored by museums it can be the most boring couple of hours you’ve spent in a long time. Free boredom is better than paying for boredom.

  • Learn to juggle grapefruit

    Sometimes repeating suggestions for things to do on 4/20 day can be fun. I just did it and it’s, quite frankly, exhilarating!

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