If you find yourself in Seattle for 4/20, you're in for a stellar high holiday. The beautiful picturesque bayside and largest city in the Pacific Northwest has long been a global trendsetter in cannabis. The culture surrounding marijuana in this city is very laid-back and is almost as mandatory as having a handful of flannels in your closet.
What to Know About Seattle
Cannabis laws and regulations in Seattle are based on the passage of Washington's Initiative 502, which was approved by nearly 56 percent of voters on Nov. 6, 2012It allows adults 21 and older to purchase in a single visit up to:
- 1 ounce, or 28.35 grams, of cannabis
- 16 ounces, or 453.6 grams, of edibles
- 72 ounces, or 2.13 liters, of cannabis oils; or
- 7 grams of concentrate.
It is very important to note that once cannabis has been purchased you must follow the state rules of handling the product. Do not drive while high, give products to people younger than 21, take products onto federal land, take products onto boats that are crossing international waters, take cannabis out of the state, or consume cannabis in public.
As a tourist destination, Seattle's Space Needle is a must-see. A legacy of the 1962 World's Fair and iconic Seattle landmark, this futuristic needle was once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River. Visitors can ride the Space Needle's elevator to the observation deck to take in the view of the Seattle skyline.
Lastly, Seattleites are over-the-moon crazy about their coffee and coffeehouses. These places offer a community for the locals and are the best spots for study seshes, hangouts, business meetings, reading hubs, and meeting up with friends/loved ones. Starbucks is one of the businesses that put Seattle on the map; it started in Pike Place Market. Grab the original Pike Place Special Reserve to get a little pep in your step before you head out and for a day of 4/20 adventures.
Things to do in Seattle on 4/20
Seattleites love to party on 4/20 and for 2019, it is projected to be bigger than ever after the prior year's evolution and changes in the industry. Get ready to create some amazing memories this year with the following events in and near the heart of the city.
SPLIFF 2019 – 4/19 through 4/20
This is a stoner film festival where people who are deeply rooted in the culture have come together to showcase a series of short films. These films are aimed at educating, entertaining, challenging, and making you laugh. Even though this is “a film festival made by the stoned for the stoned,” all in the community are welcome, as it would be a great way for a curious person to dip their toes into the water for the first time.
- The Egyptian Theatre, 805 E Pine St., Capitol Hill
- 7-11 p.m.
- Price: $20
Cheech & Chong - Emerald Queen Casino 4/20
A Cheech and Chong comedy show? What more can I really say here other than to go and see this iconic comedic duo! But seriously, these two have found success since the 1970's producing stand-up routines, books, studio recordings, and cult classic feature films. These two have been deeply rooted in the cannabis culture and have supported it in all that they have done.
- Emerald Queen Casino I-5, 2024 E 29th St., Tacoma
- 8:30 p.m.
- Price: varies by seating location
That 420 Show!
If you are looking to start your 420 early this year in a very different way, this eclectic cannabis themed show produced by Sinful Sisters Productions is sure to please. Full of a wide range of entertainment talents, this show not only will keep you amused, but it also will be hosting a raffle donation with a prize relevant to the holiday. Grab a coffee in the Pike Place Market and then head to this show to start your day on the right foot.
- The Rendezvous, 2322 2nd Ave., Belltown
- 9:30 a.m.
Tips from a Seattle Local
Seattle is a city rooted in deep culture and history that anyone can easily fall in love with. When talking to a few locals, they had this to say for people that would be staying in the city for the first time:
“Hashtag dispensary in Fremont has hands-down the best product selection in the Seattle area,” said Kate Mason, founder of Capsule Cannabis Marketing. “You'd be crazy not to buy flower by Raven Grass, a Saints preroll pack, and stroll down to Gas Works Park for a sunset smoke.”
“The availability of rich and diverse cannabis education is one of the most unique aspects of the Seattle cannabis scene.” said Alison Draisin a psychotherapist with the Advanced Integrative Medical Science (AIMS) Institute and founder of Ettalew's Edibles. “From Vashon Island Marijuana Enthusiasts Association (VIMEA), CannaSTEM or the Terpestival, Seattle has a concentration of some of the leading cannabis researchers and educators who generously give their time to sharing knowledge with the community. ”
“As far as shops go, you must stop at [Diego] Pellicer,” said Tim Webb, a self-employed weed enthusiast.
“The best-infused joint is made by Legit,” said Dave Youhanaie, director of Ops at Verdelux Chocolates. “They are called 'Legit Golds' and they are made with flower and solvent-ree hash from House of Cultivar.”
Whether you are a lover of the water, mystical evergreen forests, great dank weed, fantastic indie music, or coffee — anyone can find happiness and possibilities in the Emerald City.