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8 Fun Ways to Celebrate 4/20 in LA This Week

Go all out for the highest of holidays, all week long.

Glass House Farms
Glass House Farms
Glass House Farms

Whether you’re a seasoned macrodoser or just starting to dabble with the “California sober” lifestyle, 4/20 is a reason to celebrate with the cannabis community. And there’s no better place to be baked than the emerald city of Los Angeles. While this year will still be relatively low-key in terms of big gatherings, connecting with fellow tokers, whether online or socially distanced/vaccinated, will still be an essential part of the festivities. Take part in live comedy shows, edibles cooking classes, and look to score some free greens thanks to giveaways.

Wake, bake, cook and dance at home with PLUS hash gummies

Sunday, April 18
Online
PLUS is celebrating the launch of its new limited edition hash gummies in collaboration with Italian hash purveyors Biscotti by putting on a virtual waking and baking cooking class and dance party. The hosts will be making scones with an infused orange marmalade using hash gummies and dancing to disco curated by Los Angeles DJ Masha. Bons prizes will be awarded during the virtual dance contest.
Cost: Free

Roll cross joints for a Secret Movie Club drive-in screening of Pineapple Express

Tuesday, April 20
Glendale Sears Parking Lot
This likely isn’t your first or last time sparking one up in an abandoned parking lot at night, but this time promises to be the most communal with a drive-in screening of the uber-violent and hilarious Pineapple Express. Cheer on the antics of Danny McBride, James Franco, and Seth Rogan, whose Houseplant cannabis brand has taken America by storm, having just expanded to 17 dispensaries around California.
Cost: $23

Attend an online doubleheader from Glass House Farms

Tuesday, April 20
Online
Among California’s top cultivators, Glass House Farms is hosting a two-part 4/20 celebration starting off with a fully immersive, digital cannabis greenhouse experience, featuring interactive elements and a discount Easter egg redeemable in their merch shop. Then, at an undisclosed LA location, the brand will be putting on Glass House Fest, a socially distanced live show with performances by Flying Lotus-known for his collaborations with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, and MF Doom-as well as Duckwrth and comedian Mike E. Winfield. The show is sold out, but you can still enter to win free tickets or join the live stream on YouTube and Twitch.
Cost: Free

Blaze along with High & Mighty’s 1st Annual 4/20 Mega Sesh

Tuesday, April 20
Online
LA comedian and famed Minions cosplayer, Jon Gabrus is celebrating the high holiday with a slew of his favourite guests from his podcast High & Mighty including: Abdullah Saeed and David Bienenstock from Great Moments in Weed History, John Flynn and Mark Rennie from Two Old Queens, and Mike Glazer and Mary Jane Gibson from Weed + Grub. Get a ticket and blaze along, or buy a ticket and forget to watch the damn thing-Gabrus doesn’t care.
Cost: $10

Get all that and a free bags of chips at Ike’s Sandwiches

Tuesday, April 20
Ike’s Sandwiches (Culver City, El Segundo, Burbank)
It’s an open secret that Ike’s delightfully gluttonous menu plays to the 420-friendly crowd, so they’re paying it forward this 4/20 by offering up two free bags of chips with any sandwich order. Satisfy your munchies craving with one of over 800 sandwiches with a spread of Ike’s iconic Dirty Sauce on Dutch Crunch, with vegan and gluten-free options available.
Cost: Varies

Track down free weed with Shavo Odadjian’s product drops throughout LA

Tuesday, April 20
Multiple locations
System of a Down bassist and 22Red ganjapreneur Shavo Odadjian will be making drops of his coveted strains and swag at three LA stores on 4/20. Starting at Lemonnade Arleta at 12 pm, Calma West Hollywood at 2 pm, then MMD Hollywood at 4 pm, Shavo will be offering up gift bags with any purchase that’ll include a gram of flower, a t-shirt, lighters, and stickers.
Cost: Varies

Take hits from the bong for No Cap Presents: Cypress Hill

Tuesday, April 20
Online
Performing live from the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, Cypress Hill is slated to play all the hits: Hits From the Bong, Insane in the Brain, Rock Superstar, and more. The combo virtual/in-person concert event will offer VIPs the chance to join the pre-show smoke sesh.
Cost: $17-$25

Book your ultimate bud and breakfast with The Hoxton’s Bag of Tricks

Friday, April 16-Friday, April 30
The Hoxton (Downtown)
Practice some infused self-care at The Hoxton Los Angeles with their April “Bag of Tricks” relaxation package. The hotel has partnered with local Serra Dispensary to provide a curated kit of tinctures, gummies, chocolates, topicals, and more along with a booked stay.
Cost: Varies

Sean Cooley is a senior contributor to Thrillist having spent the past decade covering cannabis, travel, and Los Angeles food and events. He’s worked with the top brands in weed including Weedmaps, High Times, Vangst, and Grassdoor. Follow his half-baked festivities on Instagram @SeanCoolish.

Los Angeles

8 LA Fundraisers that Support Abortion Rights and Reproductive Justice

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision, LA businesses and organizations are stepping up to raise money and support reproductive justice for all.

Matt Gush/Shutterstock
Matt Gush/Shutterstock
Matt Gush/Shutterstock

As Beyonc√©’s talented sister Solange once sang, “I got a lot to be mad about.” At the top of that growing list is the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, clearing the way for states to regulate abortion. Since the ruling, abortion is now illegal in states like Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Kentucky, while others like Utah, Idaho, and Missouri, have signaled plans to ban or create significant barriers to accessing abortion services.

Many are outraged by this decision, which is certain to disproportionately impact low-income and BIPOC communities. Protests have erupted in cities across the country and legal battles are already underway in attempts to counteract the ruling. Many are calling for the Supreme Court to be reformed, calling into question other recent decisions, including a ruling that limited the federal government’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions at existing power plants.

Those in California are lucky to be protected by a state constitution where abortion is recognized as an individual right, with Governor Newsom recently vowing to continue to safeguard these rights, as well as women who travel west for reproductive care. But just because we don’t currently have to worry about our reproductive rights being stripped doesn’t mean that we can’t step up and provide support for those who are in the thick of these struggles. From donating to on-the-ground activism, there are plenty of ways to get involved in the national fight to protect abortion care and access for all.

LA’s hospitality industry is doing just that, providing plenty of delicious and fun opportunities to stand up for reproductive rights and abortion care, including food pop-ups, bake sales, wine and mezcal tastings, shopping deals, and more.

Satisfy your munchies at a stoner food pop-up

Ongoing
Genever, Historic Filipinotown
One of our favourite bars in LA right now, women-owned Genever is hosting a weekly Friday pop-up with food from Bodega that they describe as Asian Stoner Food. Every pop-up donates 50% of proceeds to a rotating reproductive rights organization.
Cost: Varies

Photo courtesy of Local Angeles
Photo courtesy of Local Angeles
Photo courtesy of Local Angeles

Order a Westside Cocktail

Ongoing throughout July
Winston House, Venice Beach
Each month, the team at Winston House, a lively supper club off the Venice Boardwalk, donates $1 from every sale of their Westside Cocktail to a different charity. In June, they donated proceeds to The Trevor Project and for July, they’re donating to the National Network of Abortions Funds. The cocktail is made with butterfly pea- and cucumber-infused Future Gin, lime juice, and mint syrup.
Cost: $15

Photo courtesy of Madre
Photo courtesy of Madre
Photo courtesy of Madre

Sip on women-made mezcals at Madre Restaurant

Ongoing from July 11 for four weeks
West Hollywood, Torrance, and Palms
Get an education in mezcal while supporting women with a special mezcal flight curated by owner Ivan Vasquez, featuring women-owned or produced brands. Dubbed Her Mezcal, the flight includes a one-ounce pour of Real Minero, Agua Del Sol, and Rezpiral, available for $45 beginning Monday, July 11, with 10% of the net sales from each flight going to the National Network of Abortion Funds. And if you buy a bottle of one of the three featured brands, Madre will donate 10% of those sales, too.
Cost: $45

@vanillabeansanddaydreams
@vanillabeansanddaydreams
@vanillabeansanddaydreams

Bakers Against Racism: Bake Sale For Reproductive Justice

Saturday, July 17
These Hands Makers Collective, Culver City
Launched during April 2020 as a pop-up, Bakers Against Racism is a social community “connecting bakers and creatives all across the globe to fight against racism in all of its forms.” On Saturday, July 17 from 11 am to 3 pm, they’re firing up their ovens to raise money and awareness for reproductive justice, with all sorts of treats and desserts available for sale, including cookies, pies, cakes, pastries, traditional Southern desserts, gluten-free and vegan options, and more. All proceeds will be donated to the National Network of Abortion Funds. Bakers who are interested in joining the sale can reach out to LA lead @winterfatebakes on Instagram.
Cost: Free to participate, baked goods vary.

Photo by Jenny Caloca, courtesy of Vinovere
Photo by Jenny Caloca, courtesy of Vinovere
Photo by Jenny Caloca, courtesy of Vinovere

Taste natural, women-made wines with Vinovore

Saturday, July 23
Virtual tasting
Woman- and LGBTQ-owned Vinovore stocks predominantly small-batch, natural, and woman-produced labels in its Virgil Village and Eagle Rock wine shops. On Saturday, July 23 at 5 pm, they’ll host a WINEsplaining event over Zoom, which includes two bottles of natural, women-made wine that attendees can enjoy as they discuss tasting notes with owner Coly Den Haan. All proceeds will be donated to The National Network of Abortion Funds. Register online and wines will be ready for pick-up, shipping, or delivery the week before the tasting, with the Zoom link sent the day before.
Cost: $75

Join a community bake sale for reproductive rights

Saturday, July 23
The Oinkster, Eagle Rock
Over in East LA, chef Andre Guerrero is opening up the patio to local bakers for a massive community bake sale, with proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood, Plan C Pills, and Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project. And since you’re there, you might as well grab a stacked Frito Pie burger, a house-cured Pastrami Sandwich, or some Chili Fries. For more info and to participate, reach out to chef Kristi Descher on Instagram.
Cost: Free to participate, baked goods vary.

Photo courtesy of Botanica
Photo courtesy of Botanica
Photo courtesy of Botanica

Snag a cute tee from Botanica

Ongoing
Purchase online
Women-owned restaurant and market Botanica is selling their five-year anniversary tee that’s made in collaboration by LA’s Lamero Studio. The shirt features a “vegetables in space” design created by bar manager and artist, Ryan Halie Gossett. All profits from the shirts benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds.
Cost: $45

Photo courtesy of Helen's Wines x The Goods Mart
Photo courtesy of Helen’s Wines x The Goods Mart
Photo courtesy of Helen’s Wines x The Goods Mart

Order a summer snack box filled with women-owned treats

Ongoing
Purchase online
Another one of our favourite women-owned natural wine shops in LA, Helen’s Wines teamed up with NYC’s The Goods Mart for a summer snack box featuring female-founded brands, including Azziah’s Herbal Green Popcorn, Magic Dates Salted Walnut Brownie, Moonshot Sourdough Crackers, and a bottle of natural ros√© from women producers, chosen by founder Helen Johannesen and her team, and rotating with each box. Even better, 50% of proceeds from the box will be donated to the Women’s Reproductive Right’s Assistance Project, the largest national, independent, nonprofit abortion fund providing urgently-needed financial assistance to individuals seeking abortion services or emergency contraception nationwide.
Cost: $75

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Danielle Dorsey is the West Coast Editor at Thrillist.

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