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Thursday August 4, 2022

By Shirley Ju

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If you’re a stoner like me, you’re probably looking forward to one day out of the entire year: 4/20. The official holiday for marijuana lovers across the world, April 20th marks the day that everyone celebrates the flower and all its beauty. In fact, true cannabis connoisseurs and lovers are most likely celebrating all month long.

The History of 420

So where exactly did 4/20 originate? Well, there are a couple of theories. One tale goes, back in 1971, a group of 5 high school students in San Rafael, California embarked on an adventure to find an abandoned cannabis crop, using the term “4:20” as their code. Their meeting time? 4:20pm. While they never found the crop, 4:20pm eventually became the universal term for consuming cannabis.

The numbers 420 with a green cannabis texture and a pot leaf in the lefthand corner
The origin of 420 is still debated. photo credit

Other theories include 420 being the police or penal code for marijuana in California, although there’s been no evidence to support this claim. Another is that there 420 active chemicals in the flower… which would be great if it were true. There’s actually roughly 500 compounds in marijuana.

Long story short, April 20th is a celebratory day for the cannabis industry as a whole, oftentimes marked by fun events and parties, legalization protesting, big discounts in dispensaries, and unforgettable moments within the community. With over 18 states legalizing marijuana in the country, it’s only right for brands or dispensaries to give back to the consumers that support them.

Plant Galaxy Dispensary Celebrates 4/20

For Plant Galaxy, a dispensary in Riverside, California located at 1270 Center Street, they had the pleasure of booking one of the biggest female artists of our generation: Rubi Rose. Boasting 3.6 million followers on Instagram alone, Rubi went viral after releasing her breakout single “Big Mouth,” proving she can rap as well as her peers. With undeniable beauty, Rubi is an inspiration to females all around the world that they too can make their wildest dreams come true.

Hands rolling blunt with long, yellow nails and denim clothes on
Rubi didn't hold back and rolled her own Backwood blunt. photo credit

Arriving at the shop on 4/20 was an adventure in itself. The line was out the door for the entirety of the day, with this year’s 4/20 falling on a beautiful Wednesday where the weather was unmatched. Deemed “the down-to-earth cannabis shop,” Plant Galaxy’s website reads:

“If you’re looking for recreational cannabis and CBD goods, Plant Galaxy Dispensary offers a progressive menu paired with neighborly service. Whether you are new to the cannabis world or have vast experience, our team is happy to help guide your journey to improved wellness. For unparalleled services across Riverside, Moreno Valley, Grand Terrace, Colton and Highgrove, CA, Plant Galaxy Dispensary is the best choice for your cannabis needs.”

Centrally located, Plant Galaxy is the one-stop shop for flower, pre-rolls, edibles, and beverages, with free parking and an on-site ATM. The stage, set up right outside the shop, allowed for local acts to display their talents as consumers came to enjoy the festivities, with tacos and beverages readily available for purchase.

Rubi Rose holding a blunt filled with green cannabis inside about to be rolled up
Rubi Rose played an amazing performance outside of Plant Galaxy. photo credit

Rubi Rose arrived in the early evening and took the stage to perform two songs: “He In His Feelings” and “Big Mouth,” before entering the shop to do an exclusive Meet & Greet with fans. With 4/20 energy in the air, this was truly a holiday to be remembered for years on.

Wrap Up

It’s always a good time when celebrity advocates come out to celebrate 420. Keep up with the latest happenings in your area with PotGuide’s event calendar! You never know you might show up at your favorite dispensary.

Let us know who your favorite celebrity connoisseur is in the comments below!

Photo Credit: Rubi Rose


Shirley Ju Shirley Ju

Shirley Ju is a Journalist, On-Camera Host, Publicist based in Los Angeles, who's been writing and interviewing artists in the entertainment industry for over 11 years. Her first true love is music, but cannabis is a close second! She recently started her own show called Shirley's Temple, which has a focus on mental health. A firm believer in hard work, dedication, and passion, Shirley hopes to inspire people with everything she does. Her bylines include Variety, Complex, REVOLT, Flaunt Magazine, and she previously worked at Power 106 doing Digital Content/Artist Relations. She also has a puppy named Slim who she adores with all her heart! <3

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