New Record Set for 4/20 Sales, According to Data from Akerna

Sales data was released by Akerna on April 26 in a flash report, which shared that the industry collected a total of $154.4 million in combined recreational and medical cannabis sales. Akerna reports that 2021 sales records previously held the record for most cannabis sales on 4/20.

In the weekend following up to 4/20 (April 15-April 20), retail sales varied greatly. The highest sales day, other than 4/20, was Friday, April 15 at $94.3 million, and the lowest was Sunday, April 17 at $38.9 million. The entire weekend netted a total of $485.3 million.

Akerna originally released a prediction report on April 12, projecting that cannabis sales on 4/20 would hit $130 million, and that total weekend sales would rise up to $494 million. The company’s projections were very close to early sales data. “Using our historical Akerna data, we released a prediction report that the period around 420 would bring in a total of $494 million, only –1.79% variance from the actual sales of $485.3 million,” said Akerna Business Intelligence Architect James Ahrendt. “This is a testament to the power of our data analytics. By leveraging data-driven insights, cannabis businesses can make strategic predictions and decisions for their businesses.”

Akerna was formed when MJ Freeway and MTech merged in 2019, but it was initially founded in 2010 in response to the growing need for software to support “visibility, data and analytics, and robust inventory tracking that the cannabis industry requires to be successful.” Akerna’s most recent data is defined as a “flash report” that “looks at buying trends in the cannabis market as captured by Akerna’s flagship solution, MJ Platform,” Akerna shared in a press release.

The success of this year’s cannabis sales is impressive. Akerna mentions that the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division reported that it had the largest year for liquor sales, having surpassed $400 million for the first time, and in that perspective, showcases the strength of the cannabis industry.

More data is soon to come, it remains to be seen if Akerna’s other cannabis-related predictions were also accurate. The company projected that the hierarchy of product popularity, starting at the top with flower (48.11%), followed by cartridge/pens (31.66%), concentrates (11.63%), edibles (6.87%), infused non-edible (0.71%) and non-medicated (1.01%).

By demographic, the company predicted that 59.93% of consumers would be men, with 40.07% women. In age ranges, most consumers would be between 30-40 years old (30.43%), under 30 (28.38%), 40-50 (19.92%), 50-60 (11.49%), and over 60 (9.78%).

This data is echoed across the board with other data analytic companies, such as Headset, which shared that sales in U.S. cannabis dispensaries were up by 148% on 4/20 compared to other days leading up to the holiday. Canada sales grew as well, as the average cannabis stores increasing in sales by 65%. Headset also noted that cannabis-infused beverages rose considerably by 110% in Canada and by 176% in the U.S. as the top performing category. The “second place” product was attributed to edibles in Canada (with 83% sales growth) and concentrates in the U.S. (with 155% sales growth).

Although most states have not released any preliminary sales data, Michigan’s Cannabis Regulatory Agency Director Andrew Brisbo shared some information about the success of his state’s 4/20 sales on Twitter on April 21. “Consumers purchased over 2.3 tons of marijuana flower in MI retailers yesterday. Initial data shows overall sales of flower on 4/20 in 2022 were up 242% from the same day in 2021 (which were up 444% vs 2020).” He also followed with an estimation of pounds sold in the last three years in Michigan: 2022 (4,619 pounds), 2021 (1,912 pounds) and 2020 (430 pounds).

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Mayhem Erupts at Melbourne Cannabis Rally as Police Haul Off Patients

The annual 420 Rally & Community Picnic at Flagstaff Gardens in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ended in disaster on April 20, when law enforcement sabotaged the event and hauled peaceful patients off while ignoring the medical cannabis law.

The Australian parliament amended the Narcotics Drug Act in 2016 to allow medical cannabis. In Victoria, doctors and nurse practitioners can prescribe medical cannabis, but certain products need approval from the Commonwealth Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

The 420 events there today are a mix of celebration and a call to action. Jason, aka “Ancient Jay” organizes the 420 Rally & Community Picnic each year. Ancient Jay says this didn’t deter police from arresting people smoking peacefully at the rally.

“A pre-planned assault on some of Victoria’s most vulnerable members of the community, the police intimidated and illegally searched just about everyone passing through the park including a cancer patient recovering from recent brain surgery,” Ancient Jay told High Times.

Courtesy of Platform 2 Melbourne

“I was approached by one elderly gentleman who had been strip searched in plain view of everyone despite not having any cannabis or illicit substances, the humiliation he felt was visible in the tear rolling from the corner of his eye.”

Ancient Jay is a drug reform advocate, host of Ancient Jay’s Argo Nights, and has used cannabis for medical purposes for over 30 years.

British tabloid Daily Mail profiled one particular incident in which several officers dragged a man and ignored his pleas that he held a prescription for medical cannabis. The man was handcuffed and dragged away. He also said he obtained his cannabis legally from a pharmacy. The man told reporters that he assumed he’d have a good time for what was his first time at the event with legal medical cannabis.

A Victoria Police spokesman said police were on-site at Flagstaff Gardens on Wednesday for the protest, and that the man was released later—but after first being arrested, handcuffed, and hauled away. It’s not the kind of freedom advocates envisioned with legalized medical cannabis in the state.

A blogger from Platform 2 Melbourne was at the rally, and decided to record and post it on YouTube, considering the nature of the event, despite a DJ playing music in the background.

Police aggression can be plainly seen on the video, and commenters called the police “uniformed thugs,” “cowards,” and other names.

Part of the problem is accessibility for medical patients. “Despite the legality and availability of prescription cannabis the present laws create a situation that allows patients rights to be ignored,” Ancient Jay said.

The actions of police signal that they are not observing the state’s recently implemented medical cannabis law.

“The aggressive approach by police towards the 420 Rally indicates a total lack of understanding or empathy towards these vulnerable members of the community and an intimidation focused approach towards law reform campaigners.”

Psychedelic artist TROG is based in Victoria, and has many connections with the cannabis community there. He was also impacted by the course of events at the rally.

“It’s 2022, every human knows cannabis isn’t harmful, incidents like this shouldn’t happen, it’s incorrect,” TROG told High Times.

Around half of Australians say that cannabis should be legalized. According to a survey in 2019, 41.1% of Australians believe cannabis should be legalized in the country—a significant jump in approval ratings compared to 2013 when they were asked the same question. In an online survey, conducted by polling company Essential Research between March 30 and April 2 of 2022, 50% of respondents said that they were in favor of full cannabis reform.

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Finding 420

It’s around 10:30 a.m. on an otherwise average Wednesday in San Rafael, California. I’ve arrived at San Rafael High School to see the Louis Pasteur statue where a group of high school friends in the early ’70s smoked weed. I wander tentatively on the high school campus among the students with backpacks rushing to class. I don’t exactly blend in, and a teacher spots me. 

“Can I help you? You look lost,” he says.

I try to explain myself in a way that doesn’t reveal my allegiances to the leaf.

“I’m here to see the art, the statue of Louis Pasteur,” I say.

“Oh, you’re on a 420 pilgrimage,” he says smiling and points to the area of the school where the art should be. “We put the statue in storage while we complete the construction.”

When I express sadness and lower my shoulders in disappointment, he smiles again and tells me, “don’t worry, it will be back.”

“Happy 420!” I say joyfully and head out to my next destination.

420 Eve & The Temple Dragons

The first time I went to Terrapin Crossroads, the now-shuttered bar and music venue in San Rafael founded by former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, I walked confidently straight backstage and discovered large jars filled with cannabis. The 2016 event was a 420 Eve party hosted by longtime High Times Editor-in-Chief Steve Hager who had labeled each jar of bud with a different character from Arthurian legend. I smoked them all, Guinevere, the Green Knight, King Arthur, and had an absolute blast. At one point, Steve announced the music would start and, as it turned out, he was also the performer with his act, the Temple Dragons, an homage to something from his past. As Cannabis Digest explains, the Temple Dragons were Steve’s name for hippie security. They were there to keep the peace at large gatherings like 420 celebrations. The dragons were initially summoned at the first award ceremony for the Cannabis Cup in 1987. 

“For Steve Hager, cannabis cults stand at the center of many major religions, the herb recognized at one time as the greatest medicine and healer,” the Cannabis Digest article reads. “The task today is to restore it to its rightful place. In the meantime, its supporters must protect their quest. The Temple Dragons’ unique fusion of improvisation and faith have taken on this responsibility. Their performance is magical. They pull troubled souls out of whatever funk they’ve fallen into and settle them into new psychic spaces, better ones. They produce new meanings.”

The party was amazing. I picked up a signed copy of Steve’s book about the assassination of JFK (I’m sorry, Steve, I still haven’t read it) and puffed tough with cultivation expert and High Times legend Ed Rosenthal and his wife and publishing partner, my good friend Jane Klein. 

Star of Bethlehem, the anticipation for the next day’s festivities was shining through the night. We had so much to celebrate about our mutual love for a plant that 420 was not enough. We needed another day. 

I was in 420’s ancestral homeland with the whole crew. The group of high schoolers who started the 420 phenomena, the Waldos (a name given because they liked to congregate along the wall), were there. And Steve, the person responsible for spreading the gospel of 420 through the pages of this very magazine, was also there. 

I won’t ever forget the conversation I had with one of the Waldos outside of the bar (but I will forget which Waldo, I’m sorry! I remember your face.). He told me that they would be attending the massive smoke out celebration in San Francisco on Hippie Hill the next day to clean all the trash left behind. 420 and all it has become was his legacy, and he just wanted to make sure it was right for the world.

At the close of the evening, the 420 Limo broke down and my good friend and fellow cannabis writer Jimi Devine helped with a jump.

Jimi Devine’s 420 Eve

Cut to 420 in 2022. I’m back at the Meadow headquarters in San Francisco for the first time in years (at least two years of that includes a global health pandemic that added fun new vernacular like shelter-in-place to our daily lives and made cannabis essential). Jimi’s hosting a party with the San Francisco Chronicle’s GreenState, a publication we both used to write for under the leadership of our friend David Downs, who also can’t miss a good 420 Eve party and is there to celebrate.

David Downs, Jimi Devine, and Ellen Holland, Courtesy of Jimi Devine

It feels a bit like coming home. I had a book launch party at Meadow. At Meadow, I took a multi-hour hash-making workshop with departed hash master Frenchy Cannoli. I gathered with the Bay Area cannabis community and cried together at Meadow when our friend cannabis activist Alex Zavell tragically passed away in 2017. It’s a special cannabis gathering space and I’m seeing faces I haven’t seen in a very long time. 

Joseph Snow and Ellen Holland, Courtesy of @goldneil415

The jars of the world’s best pot are coming out! Cracking open jars and smelling different kinds of flower is just about one of the most fun things I can think of, so this is my type of party. While the night does have sponsors (shoutout to Neil Dellacava and Chronic Culture for bringing in the Butcher Shop to serve wagyu sliders!), it’s not a formal industry affair.

Joseph Snow, the cultivator behind Snow Till Organics, spots me and pulls me aside to sample his herb, which is exceptional. Beyond the fact that Joseph seems to pop up at almost every event to smoke us all out fat, it’s indoor herb grown organically in living soil. Living soil means that the dirt is teeming with different microbes that break down organic matter, like decomposing mulch, providing the plant nutrition. Living soil, think earthworms and building soil in a grow style called no-till, is something I’ve only ever seen in outdoor grows. Joseph applies the outdoor rules inside and uses techniques like growing different cover crops inside the cannabis pots. I smoke the Sundae Driver he cultivated before moving on to my next course of the night, La Paleta from Cam. A Seed Junky Genetics Ice Cream Cake and Sherbert cross, this purple-hued herb tastes delectable and has a great name. Cam’s owner Anna Cozy tells me the name is scoop in Italian. She’s set to be on a plane in a few hours and will be celebrating 420 in Queens, New York. It’s sure to be a momentous occasion as it’s the first 420 in New York with legal weed.

Spirits are well, high, and a lot of people are planning to check out the party at Hippie Hill the next day, which will definitely be a massive scene. I’m opting for an alternate adventure. Before leaving, I connect with the folks at Sense who won the recent Transbay Challenge 3  with their version of Compound Genetics’ Pink Certz. This is exceptional cannabis, mints and grapey fuel from a Menthol x Grape Gasoline cross. It’s just what I need to get me through my 420 safari the next day.

Pink Certz grown by Sense, Courtesy of Sense

Getting Higher at Mt. Tam

The legend of 420 begins at the Louis Pasteur statue in San Rafael.

The boys used to say “4:20 Louie” as code to meet at the Benny Bufano sculpture at 4:20 p.m. As the Waldos explain it:

“In the fall of ’71, Waldo Steve was given a treasure map to a patch of weed on the Point Reyes Peninsula. The map was given to him by a friend whose brother was in the U.S. Coast Guard and was growing cannabis. The coastguardsman was paranoid he would get busted, so he granted permission to harvest. 

“The Waldos all agreed to meet at 4:20 p.m. at the statue of chemist Louis Pasteur on the campus of San Rafael High. They met, got high, and drove out to search for the patch.”

Safaris on the Holy Right Eye

North of the Golden Gate Bridge, Mt Tamalpais rises majestically from the heart of Marin County. Known locally as Mt. Tam, the mountain rises to a 2,571-foot peak. The mountain slopes reveal sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and its deep canyons host fern-filled redwood groves.The landscape around Mt. Tam can take you to another spiritual plane and cannabis can help enhance that journey. 

“Many tribes have a legend that we all live on the back of a Great Turtle which forms the North American Continent,” the Sausalito Historical Society reports. “The tail of the Great Turtle is Florida. The mouth is the San Francisco Bay. The ‘holy’ right eye is Mt. Tamalpais. The left eye is Mount Diablo in the East Bay. For this reason, great leaders of the Lakota were dragged on pole litters across the country and buried in Mt. Tam’s foothills. This tradition is part of the reason there are so many burial mounds in Marin.”

Steve Hager likens it to Mt. Fuji and told me over a phone call (that also included a discussion on another place evoking gatherings, New Orleans’ Congo Square) that Mt. Tamalpais was a mythical and spiritual place. In 1989, the Dali Lama, who had just won a Nobel Peace Prize days before, held a ceremony on the mountain’s peak. 

The Waldos crawled across the mountain on adventures they called safaris.

“Every safari started with a sacramental hit of cannabis, followed by the cranking of the tunes, either in the 1966 4-door Chevy Impala with the killer Craig 8-track stereo system, in Steve’s room, or in one of a few other sacred spots they shared herb, as getting high was illegal and couldn’t be done in public or around parents,” Hager writes.

The Magic of Numerology

The Waldos began sponsoring big pot parties on April 20th, where a ceremonial toke would be taken at 4:20 p.m.

“But as soon as the Waldos retired from staging 420 ceremonies, the younger classmen of San Rafael picked up on the magic of numerology and began using the code as a way to evade detection,” Hager writes. “To honor the spirit of cannabis, some of them started a ritual of congregating on a ridge of Mount Tamalpais with a sunset view of the Pacific on April 20th in order to get high at exactly 4:20 p.m. This ritual started with only a few souls, but soon grew to dozens.

“And that’s when someone got the idea of making a flyer inviting stoners from all over the Bay Area to the ceremony. Nobody outside Marin even knew that 420 signified pot. But even those gathered at the top of Mt. Tam didn’t have any idea how the code had started. They thought it had something to do with the police.”

Courtesy of @gmiwhpodcast

My idea for 420 2022 was to follow one of those flyers, which provided instructions on exactly where and how to toke up for the high holiday.

“We are going to meet at 4:20 on 4/20 for 420 in Marin County at the Bolinas Ridge sunset spot on Mt. Tamalpais. Just go to downtown Mill Valley, find a long-haired stoner and ask where Bolinas Ridge is. If you can’t get to Marin, get together with your friends and smoke pot hardcore,” the flyer reads. 

I told my friend, fellow cannabis writer Rachelle Gordon, to meet me at the Pantoll Campground for an adventure. Rachelle came equipped with Puffco’s newest offering released that day, a secret smoking device that looks like a coffee cup. I carried my bong in a padded bag and my jar of Pink Certz. Rachelle filled her sneak-a-toke mug with the crisp water falling down a waterfall along the trail. When we reached Bolinas Ridge, we smoked pot hardcore and talked about life as we stared out to the vast blue of the Pacific Ocean. From our vantage point we could see San Francisco in the distance and we waved at our friends down below smoking on Hippie Hill. I wished a few people along the trail, “Happy 420!” 

Courtesy of Rachelle Gordon

On the mountainside, I pretend the fog that often rolls over is cannabis smoke and the trees are giant nugs. When 420 p.m. arrives, we make sure to follow the flyer’s helpful hints section:

“When you 420 with a group make sure that there is enough paraphernalia so everyone is included within that minute. Take extra care that nothing is going to go wrong in that minute. No heavy winds, no cops, no messed up lighters.”

Our ceremonial 420 toke together on Mt. Tam was magical, just like marijuana experiences should be. As expressed by the cultural movement that is 420, this plant has so much power to bring us together. 

When I part ways with Rachelle, I drive down the hillside to a small park with an incredible view, turn on the radio and have a smoke as the rain falls over the forest. I’ve spent years in drought in Oakland, California and hanging out in the rain alone in this coastal forest feels just fine. After the jazzy melodies of Sweet Marijuana Brown, a Bob Marley song comes on, “got to have kaya now, for the rain is falling.” A few minutes later, I see a rainbow.

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7 Stoner Songs for 420

Whether you couldn’t make it to the 4/20 festivities this year or just want to keep the vibes going a little longer, these 7 stoner songs for 420 are just what you need. Pick your favourite cannabis product and relax while you listen to music. You can also enjoy many of these songs while watching […]

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The Top Three 420 Deals  

420 is always one of our favorite days of the year – fun activities, get-togethers with friends, and perhaps best of all, killer deals on all the most popular products. `If you happened to have missed our weekly newsletter, then fear not because you can check out our top three deals of the holiday. Scroll down to access the deals, also to learn a bit more about the origins of this infamous stoner holiday.

Learn more about this infamous stoner holiday, as well as some of our favorite products and activities to celebrate the day with. As always, the best 420 deals are reserved for the subscribers of The THC Weekly newsletter, so make sure to SUBSCRIBE today.


What is 420?

While not officially a holiday, 420 has become one of the most universally celebrated days – in the sense that it is not specific to any region, ethnic group, gender, or religion/spirituality. Anyone who uses, or even just appreciates cannabis, is welcome to join in the festivities! It’s one of the most inclusive ‘holidays’ that exists. The purpose of 420 is pretty cut and dry: to commemorate weed in all its natural, healing, and stoney glory. Its origins, however, remain a bit hazier. There are so many different 420 stories out there and if you’ve been smoking weed for a while you’ve likely heard quite a few… 

Some say it’s the number of active chemicals in pot (this is somewhat factual, as there are roughly 400 compounds in the cannabis plant, but the term ‘420’ predates this information). Others believe it’s a code to denote cannabis possession by law enforcement (completely inaccurate, no such code exists). A handful of people think it has to with an older California senate bill called SB 420 (this does exist, but again, 420 came before the bill). And many others believe it has to do with one or more celebrities, typically named are Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, and Bob Dylan (also incorrect).  

The real story of how 420 came to be is a little more mundane, but actually pretty cool when you consider that it all started as an inside joke between friends from San Rafael, CA, who would meet after school at 4:20pm to smoke weed and hang out. Trends spread around high schools all the time, but how did the term 420 skyrocket to an internationally known phrase? That took some star power, for which we have the Grateful Dead to thank.

The group of teens had close ties to the Dead, and at a concert during Christmas weekend 1990, then High Times reporter Steve Bloom was handed a flyer that read, “We are going to meet at 4:20 on 4/20 for 420-ing in Marin County at the Bolinas Ridge sunset spot on Mt. Tamalpais.” Once High Times printed a story about the event, accompanied by a photo of the flyer, it was game over and 420 spread like wildfire.

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European Cannabis Reform as of 4/20/2022

European 420 this year is an interesting time on the cannabis front. While there is much to celebrate because reform here is on the march, it is also clear that there is still a long road ahead, almost everywhere, before full and final cannabis reform is the law of any land, much less region. Even on the medical front, patients are still struggling to get access, even in Germany. In other places, the situation is much worse. However, there are some bright spots—and it is clear that legalization is now in process, no matter how slowly.

Here is a brief overview of where the most influential countries stand on the issue—and the challenges yet ahead.

Switzerland

The non-EU country in the middle of Europe is absolutely leading the pack on implementing a federal recreational cannabis trial. Recreational users will be allowed to purchase high THC cannabis at pharmacies. The first orders are now being dispatched to apothekes all over the country. While the trial will be conducted on a canton-by-canton basis (the Swiss equivalent of states), its impact will be felt across Europe. It is very likely that Germany will adopt a plan that is similar to the Swiss. There will also be some form of the “cannabis club” that will take root here. Definitely the leader of the European pack.

Germany

The country will certainly be in a position to drive recreational reform when the new government gets around to it (as it has promised to do). However, on the ground right now, as the Traffic Light Coalition downplays the urgency of at least formal decriminalization, things are still pretty dire. Over 200 businesses in the hemp business are facing criminal prosecution. There are also close to 200,000 criminal cases pending against individuals. There is a reason that the Hanf Parade in Berlin is being organized this year, not to mention similar protests across the country. Perhaps there will be something to celebrate on this front as of April next year. 

Holland

The country is now in the process of creating a national system for the cultivation and distribution of cannabis, although on the slow track (it has been repeatedly delayed and is expected to take effect in 2023). In the meantime, the mayor of Amsterdam is still pushing ahead with her unpopular plan to close down as many as two-thirds of the city’s coffeeshops and ban cannatourists from the remaining ones.

U.K.

The country has formalized its CBD market recently, and this is a big step in a world where people can still get busted for even CBD flower. However, medical reform is still a far-off dream, as is recreational reform. There is another national medical trial now in the offing for chronic pain, but again, this will be highly limited.

Luxembourg

Despite a pending promise to create a recreational market by the beginning of 2023, plans have largely stalled here, in part thanks to COVID as well as the continuing anti-cannabis voices at a regional level. This is not to say that some kind of cannabis market will not be in the offing next year, but don’t hold your breath that this is going to be particularly impactful on the overall debate. 

Portugal

Portugal currently is one of the largest feeder markets for German medical cannabis—either grown domestically or as a passthrough product. Beyond this, the country’s last government promised recreational cannabis reform, but such promises have been decidedly muted since the new government took power earlier this year.

Greece

The country’s political leaders are angling to obtain as much foreign investment as possible, and of course, the cannabis industry represents all sorts of possibilities. As of this month, the Greek government finally announced that Greek patients can obtain cannabis from local pharmacies and tourists will be allowed to purchase it from such establishments as long as they have a doctor’s prescription. The country is absolutely on track to create a strong medical cannabis tourist sector—especially as this represents another form of foreign income.

Malta

The country beat Luxembourg to the punch on announcing that it had indeed legalized the first recreational market in Europe. However, Malta is an island, far away from mainland Europe, and while this is a great first step, there are clearly other countries who will move the needle a bit more. Users are allowed to carry up to seven grams and store up to 50 grams at home. People can also grow at home and will eventually be able to organize nonprofits to distribute the plant via cannabis associations.

Spain

The country is in an interesting place right now. Cannabis clubs are more or less tolerated, but there still has been no federal reform. Things are clearly sticky here still on all fronts, however, as the local police have just proved. They moved in on a farmer drying over $100 million in hemp flowers bound for other European countries and destroyed the crop, citing Spanish law on the extraction of CBD. 

Italy

In Italy, the situation is in an interesting place. Small amounts of cannabis are essentially decriminalized. Recent court cases have established the legality of cultivating for personal use when patients are severely ill. Beyond this, cannabis for medical use is legal although patients are running into the same issues as Germans when it comes to insurance reimbursement, which is one of the reasons that there is still a large push for reform. The cultivation of hemp with under 0.2% THC is also legal. The legalization effort was set back recently, however, when the high court overturned the right of its citizens to hold a national referendum on full legalization.

Denmark

The country is currently in the middle of a four-year medical trial, begun in 2018 and ending this year. Cannabis exports are also beginning to show up in other European countries for medical use. There has been a discussion about allowing a recreational trial, but nothing is crystallized yet.

France

It is highly unlikely that the next four years will see any major movement on the recreational front legislatively, even if the current president, Emmanuel Macron wins a second term in office. The country is in the second year of a highly limited medical trial. The best that can happen here is that the medical program will be expanded. If Macron’s challenger, Marine Le Pen, wins the election, expect France to be on one of the slowest boats forward, as she has suggested reigniting the Drug War. That said, as Europe’s largest hemp producer and the place where the KanaVape case was launched and won (allowing cross border CBD sales), it could be that reform here comes on the CBD front first, and further, via legal challenge.

Et cetera

There are several other European countries who are advancing albeit slowly. Poland’s highest court just overruled the main public health agency, the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, in allowing hemp flowers as food. The Czech Republic continues to power forward on both the CBD and medical cannabis front. North Macedonia, although not in the EU, continues to try to enter the European market, even exporting cannabis oil through other Eastern European countries, starting with Poland. 

Austria is also in an interesting place right now, although not much has moved in the last several years. Possession has been decriminalized and the sale of seeds and plants is legal. However, the country seems to be in a holding pattern before taking the next steps. It is highly likely however that it will follow Switzerland and Germany’s lead as it shares a trading alliance with them. 

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420 Tribute to the late Greg ‘Marijuana Man’ Williams

Today is going to be a great day because guess what… it’s 420! In Vancouver, the 420 festivities have been happening for over two decades. It’s a huge event with a market, music, guest speakers, and of course, lots and lots of weed. Needless to say that because of the public health orders, this did […]

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Happy 420! Celebrate With These Photos From Our Readers

High Times would be nothing without our readers. So we just wanted to show a little appreciation on this wonderful day, and make sure all your hard work didn’t go unnoticed. Thanks for rocking with us for all these years. Keep blazing!

Courtesy of Daniel Vaughn, Strain: Truck Driver
Courtesy of Kurt Marler, Strain: White Widow
Courtesy of Nicole Sweeney @swiperrrr, Strain: Ice Cream Cake
Courtesy of Korey Moore @aninomadic
Courtesy of James S. @baronvonschlag, Strain: Runtz Muffin by Barney’s Farm
Courtesy of Daniel Smith, Strain: Benjamin Lotto
Courtesy of Opon Top, Strains: Apple Fritters & Gorilla Glue #4
Courtesy of jiujitsu1983, Strain: Bahama Berry by Solfire Genetics
Courtesy of Ryan Clark @Bigbuddah85, Strain: Wedding Cake (on day 70)
Courtesy of Crystal Bates @kingcloud710
Courtesy of Matt Sutton, Strain: OG Cheese
Courtesy of Brandon Giffin, Gorilla Glue #4
Courtesy of Todd Barnard
Courtesy of Terpie Monster, Strain: Death by Punch
Courtesy of Brittney Nizzle @britt.nizzle, Strain: Monkey Pie, Genetics: @bredby42, Cultivated by: @capybara_cannabis
Courtesy of Scott Britney, Strain: Raspberry Cough
Courtesy of Chris Hester, Strain: Platinum OG Kush
Courtesy of Jay Johann
Courtesy of Shane Fain
Courtesy of Alex Feldbauer @Greenlove.Organics_chef, Strain: Highschool Sweetheart X Chardonel
Courtesy of Isaac Franklin, Strain: Dosi
Courtesy of Robert Stewart
Courtesy of James Dukowski, Strain: Hammer Bros.
Courtesy of Isaac Watrous, Strain: Runtz x Grape Rock Candy x Banana Butter Cups
Courtesy of Jennie Porth
Courtesy of John Reynolds, Strain: OG Kush
Courtesy of Emily Rogowski @sageandcederphotograpy, Strain: GG

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The Best 4/20 Deals Of 2022

With 4/20 finally here, companies are racing to offer the best 4/20 deals and we’ve rounded up our favorites for you! Whether it is vapes, and disposables, gummies, tinctures, edibles or flowers, now is your opportunity to stock-up on the very best products, offered with a huge discount.

This year the focus is on recreational products, lead by vape carts/disposables, and gummies. For nearly every deal included in this list, we have a special coupon code for extra savings. Don’t forget to use it as it will provide an additional discount! Many of these deals will extend for a couple days past 4/20, so if you missed the holiday, don’t fret! Just check back here to make sure you don’t lose out on these prices!

As always, the best 4/20 deals are reserved for the subscribers of The THC Weekly newsletter, so make sure to SUBSCRIBE today.


Best 4/20 Deals:

Stock up on $5 vape carts – Delta 8 and THC-O!

Looking for Delta 8 or THCO carts? Get them for only $5/cart, the lowest price ever for this product.

To celebrate 4/20, you can mix and match 4 Delta 8 or THCO vapes for $20 ($5 per cartridge). Numerous different strains/flavors to choose from including Grape Ape, Green Crack, Maui Wowie, Northern Lights, AK-47, Sour Diesel, Pineapple Express, and more! Limit 4 carts per customer, carts only!

TIP: Follow the link below to get your Delta 8 and THC-O carts for only $5 each – now until 4/20, while supplies lasts!

Click here to get D8 and THC-O carts for $5

(No coupon code needed)

Premium THCP Vape Cartridges for only $21 each!

(Using the ‘420ISHERE’ coupon code)

 Premium THCP Vape Cartridges - Indica / Sativa / Hybrid Bundle
Premium THCP Vape Cartridges – $21/cart

Want to save big on the new THCP vape cartridges? Get 30% discount on the 4 pack and the 8 pack using our special 420ISHERE coupon code!  Both bundles include the following strains:  Aurora (Indica), Fruit Loops (Hybrid),  Trainwreck (Sativa) & God’s Gift (Indica). Choose the 8-pack to get the biggest discount! 
Each THCP vape cartridge contains premium THCP distillate, paired with Delta 8 THC and terpenes.

Using THC-P might give you heavy mental and physical buzz. Using indica carts, you might also experience relaxation & relief.

TIP: To take the price down to only $21/cart, choose the the 8-pack and use the 420ISHERE coupon code.

Click HERE to get THCP vape cartridges

(With ‘420ISHERE’ coupon code)

High Potency THC-O Gummies Bundle – Only $24 each!

(Using the ‘420ISHERE’ coupon code)

Want to save big on THC-O gummies? Get 30% discount on the list price for one of the bundles using the special  420ISHERE coupon code! Three flavors to choose from: Blueberry Pie, Sour Cherry Lime, Pina Colada and each piece contains 25mg of THC-O distillate.

Possible effects: THC-O gummies may give you an strong uplifting and happy feeling with a calming body sensation.

TIP: As this is a high-potency product, you better start low and grow slow. These new gummies are strong!

Current deal: Choose the 3 pack or the 6 pack and get an additional 30% discount using the 420ISHERE coupon code. 

Click HERE to buy THC-O gummies

(With ‘420ISHERE’ coupon code)

Delta 9 Gummies Bundle for only $20 each – Vegan, Organic, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO

(Using ‘CBDTESTERS50’ coupon code)

Want a great Delta-9 THC product?

Get your 5-pack bundle of premium, high-quality, Delta-9 THC gummies. Each gummy contains 15mg of hemp-derived delta 9 THC, and there are 10 gummies per pack. They come in assorted flavors: green apple, cherry pie, blue raspberry, lemon drop, orange mango. They are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO – making them compatible with most dietary restrictions. Also, they have no CBD whatsoever to mute the psychoactive effects, just straight THC.

TIP: use coupon code ‘CBDTESTERS50’ to get 50% discount on this premium delta 9 THC gummies bundle. That’s only $20/pack, a great price for this premium product.

Click here to save big on top-shelf delta 9 gummies

(Using ‘CBDTESTERS50’ coupon code)

40% off EVERYTHING at Delta Extrax – From 4/20 until 4/24

(Using ‘420sale’ coupon code)

Looking for 4/20 deals? Get 40% off all your favorite products! Vapes, edibles, concentrates and more, all for almost half off.

This is a perfect opportunity to stock up. And in spirit of being festive, Delta Extrax decided to extend this sale. Originally set for only 4/20, it’s now going to last until 4/24.

A few top sellers to check out include the Euphoria Tropical Punch Delta 10 THC Gummies, Blue Raspberry Delta 9 THC Rox, Galactic Grimm’s Greens 2g Disposable, and many more interesting choices.

TIP: Get an extra 40% discount with ‘420sale’ coupon code – applicable sitewide from 4/20 to 4/24!

Click here to save big and stock up on various cannabis products

(With ‘420sale’ coupon code)

Live Resin Delta 9 THC Chocolate Bars for Less Than $10

(Using ‘420ISHERE‘ coupon code)

These chocolate bars are creamy, delicious, and packed with hemp-derived delta 9 THC and live resin terpenes. With 150 total mg, that equals out to 12.5 mg of THC per chocolate square, which allows for proper dosing if you eat it square by square. You also get 3 different flavors to choose from: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and peppermint. These run out fast so get yours while supplies lasts.

TIP: From now until 4/20 get use the coupon code420ISHEREto get your Delta 9 THC live resin chocolate bars carts with a 30% discount. That’s only $9.8, a great price for this tasty edible.

Click here to save big on Delta 9 live resin chocolate bars

(With ‘420ISHERE’ coupon code)

Delta 8 Vape Carts – Only $9.95

Delta 8 Vape Carts - Only $10 - 4/20 deals
Delta 8 Vape Carts – Only $9.95

One gram vape carts in 20 different flavors to choose from: Maui Wowi, Purple Punch, Blue Cheese, Do-Si-Dos, Blue Dream, Blueberry Kush, Bubba Kush, Durban Poison, Grandaddy Purple, Green Crack, Jack Herer, LA Confidential, Sherbet, Sour Diesel, Strawberry Cough, Strawberry Shortcake, Super Lemon Haze, Trainwreck, Watermelon Zkittlez, and Wedding Cake. 

From now until 4/20 get your Delta 8 THC vape carts for only $9.95/cart.

Click here to save big on Delta 8 vape carts


Elite Flower Deal – One ounce of THCP buds for only $55.99

(Using ‘cbdflowers’ coupon code)

4/20 deals - THCP flower
Elite Flower Deal – One ounce of THCP buds

These unique buds are infused with THCP distillate for a very potent buzz when compared to delta 8 and 9 THC. Two different strains to choose from: fruit loops (indica) or sour lifter (hybrid). For a strong, yet uplifting high, this strain is a great choice. 

TIP: Get an extra 20% discount with cbdflowers coupon code to get this deal for only $55.99! 

Click here to save big on THCP flowers

(With ‘cbdflowers’ coupon code)

Premium THC-O Disposables Bundle for Only $19.99 per vape!

(Using ‘CBDTESTERS50’ coupon code)

Looking for premium THC-O products? Now you can get a bundle of 6, high-quality THC-O disposables for as-low-as $19.99 per vape!

Each disposable contains 1g of 100% pure THC-O distillate, as well as cannabis-derived terpenes. Additionally, all of these disposables are rechargeable, come with an on/off function, have 3 different heat settings, and a preheat option for bigger hits. Specifically, what’s included in this bundle is as follows:

  • 1 THC-O Disposable Vape: Purple Haze (1000mg)
  • 1 THC-O Disposable Vape: Forbidden Fruit (1000mg)
  • 1 THC-O Disposable Vape: Blue Dream (1000mg)
  • 1 THC-O Disposable Vape: Pineapple Express (1000mg)
  • 1 THC-O Disposable Vape: LA Kush Cake (1000mg)
  • 1 THC-O Disposable Vape: Blueberry Kush (1000mg)

TIP: use coupon code ‘CBDTESTERS50’ to get a 50% discount on these premium THC-O disposables. That’s only $19.99 per vape!

Click here to save big on premium disposable THC-O vapes

(Using ‘CBDTESTERS50’ coupon code)

6-pack bundle of high-potency Delta 8 Gummies for only $14.99 each – 50mg of THC each!

(Using ‘CBDTESTERS50’ coupon code)

Stock-up on high-potency Delta-8 THC gummies!

6-pack bundle of super-strength delta 8 THC gummies. Each gummy contains 50mg of THC and you 15 gummies per bottle. You will get three different flavors in your bundle: cherry pie, lemon drop, and green apple. These gummies are vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO, using only cruelty-free ingredients.

TIP: use coupon code ‘CBDTESTERS50’ to get 50% discount on this premium delta 8 THC gummies for only $14.99/bottle!

Click here to save big on top-shelf delta 8 gummies

(Using ‘CBDTESTERS50’ coupon code)

Entourage Multi-Cannabinoid Vapes and Gummies Bundle – Only $35.99

(using ‘cbdflowers’ coupon code)

4/20 deals - Entourage multi-cannabinoid bundle
Entourage 4/20 bundle

Want a great vapes and gummies bundle?
3 different cannabinoids and you get to choose between different strengths, disposable or cart, and many flavor options to choose from. Below is exactly what this package includes.

  • You get 1 bag of gummies (40 mg or 100 mg)
  • You get 1 vape (disposable or cartridge)
  • You get a random flavor of vape OR include the vape flavor you want in your order notes

TIP: Don’t forget to use the cbdflowers coupon code for an additional 20% discount.

Click HERE to get this premium entourage bundle

(With ‘cbdflowers’ coupon code)

High Potency Blend THCP with Delta 10 THC Blended Vape Carts only $19.95

(No coupon code needed)

4/20 deals - high-potency THCP carts

Want to save more on STRONG THC-P/Delta 10 blended vape carts? Get it for as-low-as $19.95/cart.

One gram vape carts in 20 different flavors to choose from: Maui Wowi, Purple Punch, Blue Cheese, Do-Si-Dos, Blue Dream, Blueberry Kush, Bubba Kush, Durban Poison, Grandaddy Purple, Green Crack, Jack Herer, LA Confidential, Sherbet, Sour Diesel, Strawberry Cough, Strawberry Shortcake, Super Lemon Haze, Trainwreck, Watermelon Zkittlez, and Wedding Cake. 

From now until the end of the month get your THC-P/Delta 10 blended vape carts for only $19.95/cart.

Click here to save big on THC-P/Delta 10 blended vape carts

(No coupon code needed)

Wholesale opportunites available:

Want to source the best products for your shop?
Click HERE or more details.


More Great 4/20 Deals


600mg Delta 8 Edibles – Only $9.95

$10 Delta 8 Edibles - 4/20 deals
600mg Delta 8 Edibles – Only $9.95

Each pouch contains 20 gummies, each one infused with 30mg of delta-8 THC. There is a total of 600mg per bag. These gummies are available in 4 different flavors: apple rings, peach rings, sour worms, and watermelon slices. Pick your favorite or mix and match!

From now until the end of the month get your Delta 8 THC gummies for only $9.95/cart.

Click here to save big on Delta 8 edibles


4/20 Deals – Free Samples

Free Samples Of Delta 9 THC Gummies

Want to try hemp-derived delta 9 THC gummies in a variety of flavors? Delivered to your house for free? And did we mention there are vegan options available too? If you’re interested, this is the perfect deal for you!

Each of these gummies contains 10 to 15 mg of delta 9 THC and they come in a total of six flavors: Guavaberry Fruit, Blueberry Citrus Burst, Kiwi Mixer, Green Apple, Tropical Punch, and Wild Cherry. The Chronix Brand contain 10 mg each (100mg total in the bag), and the Urb brand contain 15mg each (150mg total in the package).

Three of the flavors are vegan: blueberry citrus burst, guavaberry fruit, and kiwi mixer. Because they are vegan, they don’t contain gelatin, so the consistency of these gummies is more like a mini jello-shooter rather than an actual candy gummy.

Click HERE to get FREE samples of Delta 9 THC gummies

(With coupon ‘Freebie’ code)

Wholesale opportunities available:

Want to source the best products for your shop?
Click HERE or more details.


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Top 420 Deals: $5 Vape Carts – Delta 8 and THCO 

The biggest stoner holiday of the year is upon us! 4/20 is tomorrow, and to celebrate, we’re bringing you the very best deals – starting with this sale on Delta 8 THC and THC-O vape carts. Stock up for only $5 each! Below you can read a bit more about each of these cannabinoids, or just skip all that and scroll down to the bottom of the page to get your product.

Want to get $5 vape carts? Remember to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter to claim all of our amazing holiday deals!

Click here to learn more about the $5 vape carts deal


What is Delta 8 THC? 

To understand the difference between Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC, you’ll have to think back to chemistry class. Admittedly, that wasn’t my best subject, but I do remember some of the basics. One of the things that always stuck was how minor chemical changes could create a completely different compound.  

For example, O2 vs O3. When we breathe, we are breathing in O2, or molecular oxygen, comprised of two oxygen molecules held together by a covalent bond. Add one more oxygen molecule to that and you now have O3, or ozone, which is a highly reactive gas that can cause serious health complications if we breathe it in.  

Fortunately for us, the differences between D8 and D9 aren’t that striking. Delta-8 THC only has some minor chemical differences from Delta-9. It also has some psychoactive effects, although it’s less intense than D9. Delta-8 is only present in trace amounts in cannabis plants, so to utilize it, this compound needs to be extracted and isolated.

As far as medical benefits of Delta 8 THC, there are quite a few that are of particular interest. Numerous studies (mostly Israeli conducted by Raphael Mechoulam and associates) dating back to the early 1970s indicate that Delta-8 is an extremely powerful effects on the immune system. It has also been observed shrinking tumors and completely eliminating nausea in patients who were sick from other medications. 

What is THC-O? 

In short, THC-O is an analog of THC, meaning is has a similar chemical structure but, as is the case in chemistry, minor differences often lead to substantial changes. THC-O is short for THC-O-Acetate, or THC Acetate/ATHC. Most of the time you’ll see it written and referred to as THC-O. It’s important not to confuse ATHC with THCA, the parent molecule of THC which found in raw plants that have not yet been decarboxylated.  

In tetrahyrdocannabinolic acid (THCA) the A stands for acid, NOT acetate like with ATHC. THCA can be converted to THC-O, but THCA is a natural phytocannabinoid and THC-O is not. THC-O is a synthetic cannabinoid that can only be produced in a laboratory setting, preferably by an experienced chemist. With the rise of DIY technologies, it can be tempting to try and make THC-O yourself, but the process can be difficult and quite dangerous, so it’s best left to the professionals.  

Because it is an artificially produced cannabinoid, what you see is what you get – meaning all you get is THC-O and none of the beneficial terpenes and flavonoids that are found in natural oils. This is an obvious issue for whole-plant advocates and proponents of the entourage effects, but when it comes to pharmaceutical formulations, isolated cannabinoids are always preferred.  

The purity of these compounds means that 1 milligram of isolate equals measures out to exactly 1 milligram of cannabinoid, whereas 1 milligram of full-spectrum plant extract might have 0.5 milligrams of THC, 0.3 milligrams of CBD, and 0.2 combination of other terpenes and compounds. This makes isolate very easy to use for specific dosing and product production.  

According to Serge Chistov, the inventor of Nanobidiol Technology, says his team has found a safe and efficient method to acetylate THC using only approved solvents. Chistov says his team “developed the analytical standard for testing for THC-O, as well as being in the final stages of introducing products to retail outlets.” So, if everything stays on track, the goal is to see THC-O therapeutics relatively soon. 

How To Get Your $5 Vape Carts

Stock up on $5 vape carts – Delta 8 and THC-O!

(Subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter for more info)

If you’re looking to stock up on Delta 8 THC and THC-O vape carts, then look no further. At $5 each, you won’t find prices lower than this! Not only do you have two cannabinoids to choose from, but also numerous flavors including Grape Ape, Green Crack, Maui Wowie, Northern Lights, AK-47, Sour Diesel, Pineapple Express, and many more! Mix and match to create your perfect bundle!

TIP: You will need to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter (sign up box at the top of the page), then follow the links in this section to claim the deal.

Click here to learn more about this deal on $5 Delta 8 and THC-O carts

(Subscribe for more info)

More deals on other products can be found here, and these pages will continue to be updated regularly until April 20th, so keep returning here, or SUBSCRIBE to the The THC Weekly newsletter, as more and more cannabis and psychedelics deals are announced daily.

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