Apr 11, 2019 09:50PM
● By Debbie Hall
Two dates in April are recognized as times to reflect, honor, and celebrate.
April 20 is National Weed Day. Rumors and speculation continue on how 420 became the numeric code for cannabis. Still, it is appropriate that April 20 was designated as an unofficial holiday because even the mainstream now recognizes that 420 means cannabis. According to Chris Conrad, curator of the Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum in Oakland, California, 420 started as a code by high school students in the early 1970s to meet at 4:20 p.m. at a designated spot to get high. Other sources speculate that Grateful Dead fans, Deadheads, embraced the code. However it began, this year continues its transformation into the new normal.
Earth Day (EARTHDAY.ORG) is observed on April 22; the first one was celebrated 49 years ago. The landmark Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Act was passed soon after the first Earth Day was recognized and today, it is estimated that over 200 million people in 190 countries acknowledge and participate in Earth Day activities.
In Las Vegas, you can observe this special month with fun, facts, and reverence for everything above and below the earth’s surface that makes life great.
THE BIG LEBONGSKI 420 STRIKEOUT
April 15 // Gold Coast Bowling Center // 4000 W. Flamingo Rd // (818) 669-5363
The cannabis-friendly touring The Big Lebongski Bowling Tournament series, presented by Supreme Organics and benefiting HeroGrown Foundation, returns to Las Vegas.
Put on those bowling shoes for a chance to become a local champion. The victorious team wins a replica of The Big Lebongski Trophy, The Little Lebongski, and each team member will receive a seriously cool bowling pin pipe. All local winners from the touring cities will be invited to compete in The Big Lebongski Tournament of Champions. This is the big opportunity to win the big trophy and $420 at the event to be held at Pickwick Bowl in Burbank, California, on April 28. Prizes will also be awarded for the coolest Big Lebongski costumes and funky attire, making this bowling full of mirth and merriment.
Reality also imitated art when The Big Lebongski Touring Bowling Tournament series trophy was stolen in California in 2017, eerily similar to the rug heist in the movie The Big Lebowski. The good news it has since been replaced.
Jim Embescia of Los Angeles Glassblowing crafted the Big Lebongski. The trophy/bong is a glass-blown bowling pin replica that stands 15 inches tall and weighs about 16 pounds.
For every strike recorded in The Big Lebongski tournament, Supreme Organics will make a $4.20 donation to the HeroGrown Foundation, which raises awareness, advocates, and assists veterans, first responders, and their families with the use of cannabis as a safe alternative to prescribed drugs.
CANNABIS CONFERENCE LAS VEGAS
April 1-3 // Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino // 3000 Paradise Rd // (800) 456-0707
Knowledge is power. Whether you work in the industry or want to learn more, the Cannabis Conference in Las Vegas this year shares wisdom and potential.
Engage with industry stakeholders to discover new opportunities and learn about challenges entering the legal cannabis market. View the latest technologies and innovations and gain insights into cannabis cultivation, business operations, retail management, and customer engagement.
This year, the Cannabis Conference will include, for the first time, a dispensary track for retail businesses and employees. The conference will feature in-depth educational programming on cannabis cultivation and business operations. Informed industry speakers will share perspectives on retail management and customer engagement.
Legislation is being presented and passed federally and in new markets almost daily. There is unprecedented business growth in the cannabis space, which encourages new business, investors, and entrepreneurs. Growers, cultivators, management, and staff will gain solid insights to help ensure success and growth.
Cultivators and industry leaders who comprise the 2019 Cannabis Conference advisory board, in partnership with Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary, develop and present this conference.
GREENFEST 2019 IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY
April 20 // Downtown Summerlin // 1980 Festival Plaza Dr. // (702) 400-2428
GREENFest celebrates its 10th anniversary honoring Earth Day. This year, the festival brings the informative and fun event to a venue that showcases US Green Building Council Leadership in Environmental Engineering and Design-certified green buildings in a downtown environment featuring sustainability by design. Red Rock Canyon is the backdrop surrounded by the foothills of the west rim of Las Vegas.
The family-friendly event includes a treasure hunt with prizes, kids zone activities, and photos with mascots. Enjoy live artists, art displays, and entertainment, along with the solar-powered festival. Peruse the marketplace featuring a farmers market. There will be delicious food available for purchase and a beer and wine garden for adults.
Loveable cats and dogs looking for a forever home will join the festivities if you’re looking to adopt a furry friend. Learn how to grow a garden with help and ideas you’ll get walking through organic gardening and composting demos.
Discover how to create a more enjoyable and healthy lifestyle with so many environmental topics, exhibits, innovation, and resources. For drivers, check out the clean energy drive of hybrids, electric, and clean natural gas vehicles. Cottage crafters form new design and decor. Learn about smart energy and technology.
Green allies include representatives from government agencies, chambers of commerce, educators, professional associations, conservation groups, trade associations, and nonprofit agencies all working together to make planet Earth a better place to live. The event is free, and all are encouraged to attend.