420: A Celebration of Cannabis
Across the world, specific dates hold significance to different groups. Cannabis also has a specific day for consumers to show their appreciation, in locations around the world. This holiday is called 420.
Each year on the 20th of April, cannabis consumers all over the world join to celebrate the substance and advocate for its acceptance both legally and socially. 420 celebrations take various forms including
- Peaceful protests
This day is of great importance to cannabis culture.
What does 420 mean in Sydney?
In Sydney, 420 is a day marked by celebrations and peaceful protests. These protests are aimed at educating the general populace on the consumption of marijuana.
One of the most notable 420 celebrations in Sydney was held in 2016. On Sunday the 20th of April 2016, Free Cannabis NSW hosted cannabis consumers in Sydney to a mass picnic. This picnic was held in Victoria Park. Local cannabis consumers were invited to join in the ‘peaceful act of disobedience’ in protest of the prohibition of the substance. Cannabis consumers took to the streets, smoking marijuana openly in defiance of local laws — and many paraded in front of the army of police officers.
The picnics featured site attractions including live music by local artistes such as Son of Ra and comedy by Steve Stonerson. The organising platform Free Cannabis NSW — FCNSW — is fully committed to the legalisation of cannabis within New South Wales. Last year, in honour of 420, a group of local artists deposited cannabis plants in streets all over Sydney. These plants were deposited with the intention of drawing attention to the debate on the legalisation of cannabis. These plants were spotted in locations including Darling Harbour and Foundation Park.
Smiling protesters at a cannabis rally in New South Wales. These individuals are protesting the legal status of cannabis within the state and country. Source
How much does marijuana cost in Sydney?
In Sydney, the price of marijuana is determined by the quality and quantity of the product. Low quality marijuana buds are notably cheaper than those of premium quality. There are three levels to ranking the quality of marijuana in Sydney – low, medium and high quality products.
Cannabis is less expensive when purchased in larger amounts, and most units of cannabis are determined by their weight. There are numerous size variations including;
- 1 gram
- 2 grams
- An eighth ounce
- A quarter ounce
- Half an ounce
- An ounce
- A quarter pound
- Half a pound
- A pound
The prices of cannabis are collated based on information provided by cannabis consumers to websites such as Budzu. This is due to the lack of dispensaries in Sydney as well as the illegal status of cannabis in Australia. For more information on the average prices of cannabis per quantity and quality in Sydney, click here.
What are the Safest Ways to Consume Cannabis in Sydney?
As offered by DrugPolicy.Org there are four major ways in which cannabis can be consumed. These are;
- Inhalation — by smoking and vaping
- Edibles — in food and drink
- Topically — in creams, ointments, etc. and
- Sublingually — under the tongue.
Each method of consumption comes with its pros and cons. However, inhalation is noticeably the most popular — and dangerous — method of consumption.
Inhalation involves the combustion of cannabis. During combustion, harmful toxins are released in the smoke which is then inhaled by the consumer. These toxins, including tar, are very harmful to humans when consumed.
The safest of all methods of consumption is edibles. However, edibles are not often available in Sydney due to the legal status of cannabis within the territory.
Could 420 Protests Aid Legalisation?
Despite the forward thinking of the general public, the Australian government is yet to adopt any laws allowing the consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes. The public, however, has an invaluable role to play in the legalisation of cannabis.
A large number of government policies are determined by public opinion. Should the public continue to advocate for a certain standard in society, the government will place the discussion higher on its list of priorities. We are hopeful that one day, these peaceful protests and exhibitions will influence the government's decisions on cannabis.