The scene at the Colorado 420 Rally at Civic Center Park in Denver on April 20, 2014. (Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post file)

Video: On shaming vs. celebrating 4/20 fests and the Cannabis Cup

Cannabist editor Ricardo Baca and pot critic Jake Browne discuss a series of essays The Cannabist will be presenting for the April 20 pot holiday: “What 4/20 means to me.” Browne talks about being a perpetrator of “Cup Shaming” in the past, and how marijuana users need to move past the negativity. (Read Browne’s full essay here.)

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Here’s an excerpt of the 4/20 essay written by Cannabist style writer Katie Shapiro, who writes about her college days at the University of Vermont and the big day in 2000:

I was a freshman. I was in doubt. I was green. It was a pretty rough first-year at the University of Vermont, and come spring, I had already decided to transfer back to my home state of Ohio and attend Miami University the following fall.

Aside from a general awareness that 4/20 meant smoking pot, I had never officially observed the unofficial holiday. There was a buzz on campus in the weeks leading up to it: Who was skipping class, who was wearing what and who was getting weed. I was lucky enough to have my best friend from high school by my side as a fellow Catamount, and we were obviously going. READ MORE

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