Last year, the cannabis community had high hopes for 420 festivals and celebrations. Unfortunately, nearly none of them saw the light of day, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns. While some resorted to socially-distanced and virtual events, most in-person events were canceled. Cannabis enthusiasts had to find new and innovative ways to celebrate the year’s most anticipated cannabis holiday.
A year after the onset of the pandemic, events are still largely uncertain and liable to change as April 20th approaches. Understandably, cannabis users may be reluctant to buy tickets to events that may face cancellation. Most of Massachusetts’ 420 events are postponed or uncertain, so 2021 may be a limited year for in-person events. Virtual events and webinars have risen in popularity in the last year, and cannabis users can celebrate 420 in the comfort of their own homes. Many Massachusettsians are taking advantage of 420 deals and product launches to stock up for a socially distanced good time.
Note: As a response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures, some events may be postponed or canceled. Make sure to stay posted on the details of these events as they draw nearer, and contact the event producer prior to the event with questions or concerns.
1. BOSTON CANNABIS TOURS
For those looking for an adventure through the city, Boston Cannabis Tours brings cannabis sight-seeing tours throughout the Greater Boston Area. These guided tours feature stops at various dispensaries, cannabis grow facilities, Boston-based restaurants, and beyond. Boston Cannabis Tours are owned and operated by Massachusetts natives with the mission to build the cannabis community in the newly legalized Massachusetts cannabis industry.
2. 8TH ANNUAL LEVITATE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Date & Time TBD
Since 2013, Levitate Music & Arts Festival has been a three-day music and arts festival on the historic Marshfield Fairgrounds. This festival was conceived in a surf shop basement and has grown from humble beginnings to an extravaganza of culture and aesthetics. This year’s musical lineup features Jack Johnson, Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and Friends, Old Crow Medicine Show, Stick Figure, Tash Sultana, and dozens more.
3. TERPTOWN THROWDOWN
August 20-21, 2021
In 2020, the Terptown Throwdown was the East Coast’s first licensed cannabis event. This year, the Terptown Throwdown is back, featuring live art, live music, cannabis education, networking opportunities, and a Homegrown Cannabis Awards competition.
The Terptown Throwdown is a safe and licensed space for cannabis enthusiasts at every experience level, with a full roster of vendors and sponsors looking to feature recreational and medical use products.
4. NECANN BOSTON – 2021 NEW ENGLAND CANNABIS CONVENTION
September 10-12, 2021
NECANN (New England Cannabis Convention) events have been gathering places for the cannabis entrepreneurs and appreciators since 2014. Professionals from the medical and recreational cannabis, hemp, and CBD industries gather for the East Coast’s most anticipated convention. Consumers, cultivators, industry professionals, and entrepreneurs are all welcome to attend, sponsor, and vend at this event. The event organizers at NECANN expect an attendance of more than 10,000 this year.
5. CANNABIS WORLD CONGRESS & BUSINESS EXPO
November 3, 2021
The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) focuses on the business-to-business cannabis industry. This tradeshow is a destination for dispensary owners, entrepreneurs, cultivators, investors, regulators, cannabis lawyers, and medical professionals interested in finding new business opportunities in an industry that is set for exponential growth.
6. MEDICAL CANNABIS PATIENT THERAPIES AND WELLNESS SUMMIT
November 12-13, 2021
At this in-person event, doctors, clinicians, researchers, scientists, and frontline nurses discuss emerging science regarding cannabis-based therapies and treatment. This event features in-depth explorations of the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoids, with insights into the modern applications of cannabis as a viable option to improve patient outcomes.
Using Cannabis in Massachusetts Public Areas
As it currently stands, public use of cannabis in Massachusetts is illegal. Users can possess up to an ounce of cannabis on their person, but combusting, inhaling, eating, drinking, or vaping cannabis is prohibited in public places. That said, hosting members-only events, private events, and events that require a ticket may have their own cannabis-friendly rules and are subject to a legal loophole. Before using cannabis at any event, be sure to research the cannabis policy to ensure you are not breaking any laws, and that the host tolerates the use of cannabis. 76% of cannabis events are consumption-free, and support cannabis education, entrepreneurialism, and culture.
Ask Us About Local 420 Events
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Update: COVID-19 has impacted nearly every American business. The content in this article discusses subject matter related to traveling, retail environments, events, and tourism, all of which have been impacted by COVID-19. As retail stores reopen, we recommend following the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing, sterilizing surfaces and equipment, and wearing cloth masks.