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Coronavirus kills annual 4/20 marijuana holiday: ‘Do not come to San Francisco,’ mayor warns

Golden Gate Park’s Hippie Hill, known for its pungent and pervading aroma of marijuana, won’t be nearly as green this 4/20.

The cannabis holiday — which falls on Monday — is an exalted day for pot enthusiasts. But this year, the coronavirus has upended traditional celebrations that typically draw thousands of smoky revelers to the famous San Francisco knoll.

In response to the city’s stay-at-home orders, the organizers of the 420 Hippie Hill festival announced last week they were canceling the event. In past years, tens of thousands of people packed Robin Williams Meadow to pay homage to the cannabis plant with music, merchandise and food, a tradition organizers say dates back to the 1970s.

Any self-respecting stoner knows what to do on 4/20.

“We take the health and safety of the public, our staff, vendors and sponsors very seriously,” organizers wrote on their website in announcing the cancellation. “We feel it’s all of our responsibility to do our part to minimize social gathering and potential spread of this virus in the community.”

During a news conference Monday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed issued a stern warning to others hoping to get baked in the City by the Bay: “We will not tolerate anyone coming to San Francisco for 4/20 this year.”

Although some laws — including the ban on smoking in parks — haven’t been strictly enforced in years past, officials say this year officers will be vigilant about the city’s shelter-in-place order. Robin Williams Meadow will be fenced off, and officers will patrol the area, citing and, if necessary, making arrests, Breed said.

“We will not allow this unsanctioned event to occur this year, especially in the height of a pandemic,” she said.

Conferences, shows, concerts, ceremonies and sporting events here and around the world have been canceled or postponed. Here is a list of many.

The coronavirus, which can cause the respiratory illness COVID-19, has already infected over 24,000 people and resulted in more than 700 deaths across California. San Francisco County has reported more than 900 infections and 15 deaths as of Tuesday.

Officials in San Francisco and across the state, which began implementing social distancing measures roughly a month ago, have implored the public to continue staying at home as much as possible. Officials say social distancing is essential in slowing the spread of the virus and preventing hospitals from becoming overwhelmed with seriously ill patients.

In a Facebook post, Breed offered celebrants another option for 4/20: “Order food. Watch Netflix. Stay home and stay safe.”

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The coronavirus pandemic has upended the annual marijuana celebration that typically draws thousands of smoky revelers to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

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Cannabis Business Cyber Summit
Cannabis Business Cyber Summit

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 –
Thursday, November 12, 2020

Organized by NCIA, the industry’s largest and most influential trade organization, the 7th annual #CannaBizSummit is going cyber November 10-12, 2020.

CBD 101: Education, not Hype (11/12)
CBD 101: Education, not Hype (11/12)

Thursday, November 12, 2020

During the event, you learn about the plant, organic sourcing, the extraction process, and what to look for in a quality CBD product.

Office Hours with the Cannabis Alliance
Office Hours with the Cannabis Alliance

Friday, November 13, 2020

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Have a question for Caitlein or Jill? This would be the perfect time to come see us! Your interim Executive director and Operations manager have set aside time each Monday and Friday from 11am – 1pm for you to come ask question, or just say hi!

The Science Of Cannabinoid Cultivation
The Science Of Cannabinoid Cultivation

Saturday, November 14, 2020 –
Sunday, November 15, 2020

12:00 AM – 12:00 AM

A Two Day Virtual EventSaturday, Nov. 14 – Sunday, Nov. 15th

Cannabis Cooking Class
Cannabis Cooking Class

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Learn how to cook with cannabis in a small live online group with expert instructors! Do your own cooking at home live alongside the Soul Fresh crew as we bring the science & a chill vibe to a device near you. Make your own cannabis infusion & learn how to use it to make salves and delicious recipes. Receive a detailed digital class booklet complete with material lists and recipes.

Office Hours with the Cannabis Alliance
Office Hours with the Cannabis Alliance

Monday, November 16, 2020

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Have a question for Caitlein or Jill? This would be the perfect time to come see us! Your interim Executive director and Operations manager have set aside time each Monday and Friday from 11am – 1pm for you to come ask question, or just say hi!

Virtual Happy Hour
Virtual Happy Hour

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Born out of a need to see our fellow industry members in this socially distanced world, we’ve created a low pressure, high giggles environment to socialize with each other in the safest way we know how! As much as we are all over the many, many Zoom meetings that is our daily life now, this is one to look forward to! Please take an hour to come chill in our virtual happy hour with your industry family.

2020 Virtual Cannabis Industrial Marketplace Summit & Expo.
2020 Virtual Cannabis Industrial Marketplace Summit & Expo.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 –
Thursday, November 19, 2020

12:00 AM – 11:00 PM

The largest online canna-business expo of 2020. Exhibition – Seminars – Networking

ENTERING CANNABIS: The Global Landscape – LIVE – Virtual Summit (11/18)
ENTERING CANNABIS: The Global Landscape – LIVE – Virtual Summit (11/18)

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

An Exponential Deep Dive Into The Trends & Developments Disrupting The Global Cannabis Industry!

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