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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 4th, Windsor, ON) This year, on April 20th, the eyes of the country are on Windsor. Organizers are planning what is being described as the “most epic” 420 the country has ever seen. Windsor’s second annual 420 is creating quite a “buzz,” as masses of cannabis consumers from across the province make their way to Charles Clark Square for Canada’s first EVER 2-Day 420!
Though 420 events will be held in cities across Canada – from the massive Vancouver and Toronto events to the first ever Northern 420 to be held in remote Timmins to Parliament hill, Windsor’s event is the first time any Canadian city has held a two day 420. This is the first time any city in the country has ever given organizers a two day permit for a 420 event – and the event goes on from 11 AM to 11 PM both days.
Organizers are taking pains to point out to media that this is not just a celebration – but an educational event. While the public is long used to seeing the media use pictures of giant joints and bongs to represent 420 – they are hoping that this time, media will tell a different story – or at least share some vitally important information.
Some activists say they have been disappointed with media coverage in the past. A Windsor area medical patient says that even with legalization looming on the horizon, the work of medical cannabis activists is far from over. “Patients who use cannabis are in need of answers, but say they have been excluded from the governments consultations. We want more people to learn how to grow their own. 420/421 will be a place to get educated and hear from other patients,” she says. “We’re also focusing on things that are really important like landlord issues, where to medicate, patients rights to choose where they buy their medication, and the ongoing fight for approved dispensaries with skilled bud tenders – not a government monopoly of OCS stores.”
The passionate Windsor 420 Volunteer canna-team have packed the event schedule with an exciting lineup of entertainment, speakers, contests, and “lots of really cool freebies” and giveaways sure to educate and entertain attendees from both sides of the border. (Sponsors include Dabcor, The Urban Greenhouse, CannaLube, CBD Network, Hemp Healthy Cafe, Canna Wingz, 420 Budder, Keenabis Genetics, Epic Brands, Kozzys Creations, Steven Spender, Coffee Pot Lounge, Graphix Plus and Sarducci’s Pizza.) Urban Greenhouse will be giving away a tent light and exhaust worth 1000 dollars and Keenabis Genetics has announced a seed giveaway every hour so there will be lots of lucky winners! There will also be a varied selection of interesting and cool canna culture vendors showing their wares throughout the event.
Paul Hartmann, brother of the late great comedian Phil Hartman (Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons;) is one of the speakers. “I am excited about the level of professionalism of this event, and how organized it is. I’m very excited to see the face of cannabis in Windsor,” Hartmann said. Paul worked in California’s cannabis industry for years and will be sharing Hollywood stories as well as speaking about his experiences as a survivor of Prostate cancer who under the care of Canadian cannabis pioneer Dr Sam Mellace used cannabis oil.He’ll be talking about Mellace’s book The Great Cannabis Conspiracy released earlier this year. (Mellace, who is unable to attend this year, was a featured guest at last years event.)
Other speakers at the event include outspoken Canadian cannabis activist John Turmel who will be speaking about some of the legal aspects, and cancer survivor Jack Kungel will be on stage to tell his story and to discuss the ongoing fight for medical cannabis patients rights. The Trillium Party leader Bob Yaciuk and Jack MacLaren, MPP (Carleton—Mississippi Mills) will also be in attendance.
To help make the point that cannabis users are connected and contributing members of their community, organizer Leo Lucier is donating a good portion of what would otherwise be festival profits right back to the people of Windsor. In an effort to help some of the city’s most vulnerable, 420 Windsor will be accepting a single canned good to donate to the food bank as an alternative to the 5$ admission fee. They’re calling this groundbreaking program “Weed For Feed,” and canna-activists are hoping that it will be a resounding success.
Windsor 420 organiser, Leo Lucier – the man who started it all – says : “Windsor/ Essex has the highest rate of cancer and mental illness in all of Canada – and cannabis works for both – as well as for many other things. With Windsor 420, we are using cannabis as a theme to generate capital for bigger social issues at large – the food banks are empty after easter and the Women’s Welcome Centre is in dire straights We are showing we can use cannabis not only to beat ailments – but also to beat some of the biggest social issues Windsor faces.”
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The epic two day 420 Windsor Festival takes place in Charles Clark Square
April 20th and April 21st from 11am-11pm
Admission is only $5 or a single canned good contribution in support of local food banks.
Leo Lucier and Paul Hartmann, are available for media interviews before, and during the event.
MEDIA CONTACT :
Lamourie Public Relations