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April 20th, 2011 was a day when a special community got together to celebrate one of Mother Nature’s beautiful creations, marijuana. Across the world many rolled and packed their finest chronic, torched it up and sat back and smiled.
From 12:00 pm to 12:00 am a line of eager medical patients, performers, and tokers formed in front of Stramler Park for the California 420Fest (Kush Cup). Out front hung a banner displaying the festival’s slogan “Get Medicated,” along with bold red signs stating that no weed be allowed in. These meaningless red letters failed to keep stashes from making their way past the repeated pat downs and constant questioning of law enforcement that were against the festival being held in the first place.
Inside vendors here and there could be found on the grass selling the usual glass, 420 apparel, and advertising local shops/reccomendation centers that could be found around the Central California area. As well as the friendly atmosphere of each booth, flowing through the air was the occasional puff of sweet smelling smoke, music, and 420 comedy. Performances included bands ranging from hip hop to reggae and ska as well as stand up by 420 comics. Each providing attendees a peaceful atmosphere where they could medicate. These performances exposed not only the creativity of these individual artistst but the passion they have as well for our beloved plant. After one too many technical difficulties the festival eventually perfected their sound quality and ended their night with a fabulous performance by one of Bob Marley’s sons, Kymani Marley.
Overall the show ended up being a success and was featured on the news across the state. Those who did not attend did not fail to hear what Bakersfield is all about. Although the show received great recognition in the 420 community, great success should allow room for improvement in the years to come for the CA 420Fest. Similar to many other 420 conventions/meetings/etc the problem of prohibition and often times law enforcement came into play. Many attendees, medicinal marijuana patients, caregivers, and collectives owners were approached and had herb confiscated and even thrown away from demanding and power hungry hired security and law enforcement. Some chose to argue and plead that if they were going to allow cigarette smoke to be present in the park, medicinal marijuana patients are then legally allowed to medicate wherever smoking (of any kind) may occur. Burning freely on April 20th, 2011 in Stramler Park without confrontation wasn’t an option. However, not smoking wasn’t either.
Bakersfield tried their best at their first ever CA 420Fest and they did nothing short of a great job. Providing food, entertainment, and nothing but good tidings, education, and of course medicinal marijuana. Central California did 4/20/2011 and stoners across the world proudly.