4/20 is almost here: 10 places to celebrate the weed holiday in Rochester – Democrat & Chronicle

April brings spring flowers and a leaf-based celebration to Rochester, as residents gear up to light up for 4/20 on Saturday, a cult favorite holiday among marijuana enthusiasts.

The annual event is said to have its origins in a group of California teenagers who’d gather after school to smoke at 4:20 p.m. in the 1970s, although no one knows for sure. Soon the band The Grateful Dead picked up the term, and it quickly became slang for smoking weed among celebrities and college students alike. 

Now, bars, clubs, restaurants and dispensaries across New York are hosting events for the occasion. New York’s legalized recreational cannabis industry continues to roll onward, with 100 legal brick-and-mortar dispensaries now open in the state.

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