It's almost 50 years old when five Californian teenagers met after school to smoke marijuana. Since then, April 20 is a day of cannabis celebration around the world, including in the Metro Atlanta.
Call it "Weed Day" or simply "420". Do not call the police: marijuana is not legal in Georgia.
But days after the city of Atlanta proposed new laws to ban smoking – including vaping and e-cigarettes – in airports, restaurants and bars, the so-called marijuana holiday does not go up in smoke. 19659004] RELATED: Sale of medical marijuana oil came into effect
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"I do not see this affecting my business," said Clayton West, owner of East Atlanta Smoke and Vape, opposite the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
West opened its first store on Glenwood Avenue five years ago and has now opened a second location on Moreland Avenue. While smoking and steam products are available, the Georgia-based West says that the collection of glass artisanal items sets its business apart from others. There are unique, hand-blown pieces by local artists and other artists from around the world, almost like museum pieces. In this art gallery you can easily overlook the fact that the pieces have something to do with smoking. There is much more than just whistling, West said.
"My goal is to have a place where people can see something they've never seen before," he said. "I wanted to put more focus on glassblowing culture and local and southeastern artists."
On Saturday, the new West store will open its grand opening from 11am to 5pm. and will feature live music, food, water pipes and giveaways at 16:20. "We came up with a suitable day," said West.
Several other events also take place for those who want to honor the herb, including concerts, comedy shows and parties.
A Gwinnett County Smoke Shop, Smoke and Toke in Lawrenceville, boasts of hosting the largest 420 celebration in the Atlanta metro. Food, drinks and discounts are offered, including some items priced at $ 4.20 from 10am to 11pm.
In Cobb County, the Cloud 9 Smoke and Vape Co. location in Kennesaw will be hosting a live glass-blowing workshop from 2 pm pm to 7 pm
According to an online ad, Little Five Points is also hosting a block party on Saturday at the Name "Heet in the Street" planned.
"This is not an event where we will distribute marijuana, but this is a judge-free event for adult adults! ", It says in the event description.
In Georgia, only marijuana is legal for medical reasons, and even this is a recent change. On Wednesday, Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill to grow and sell medical marijuana, giving patients who are already licensed to use the medicine a chance to buy.
More than half of all Georgians support the legalization of marijuana for leisure, according to Peachtree NORML, the state chapter of a national pro-cannabis group.
"We advocate that adults in the United States make their own decisions about cannabis," said Tom McCain, Executive Director of the State Group. "It's not the dangerous thing that 'reefer madness' and all the hype seems to be."
The cities of Atlanta and South Fulton, along with unincorporated Fulton County, have issued regulations that decriminalize marijuana. The fines in these areas have been drastically reduced if you own less than an ounce of marijuana.
But "Weed Day" or not, Metro Atlanta police say its work is not changing.
"No matter On this day, we will still enforce state law and marijuana district ordinances." Gwinnett Police Cpl. Michele Pihera said:
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