The 420 Games Continue to Change Perceptions of Cannabis Consumers
Sports cannabis is becoming more and more popular everyday. It seems like every time I am on social media, another high profile athlete is coming out in support of reform.
That is a very good thing, as false stereotypes have long been perpetuated regarding cannabis users. Unfortunately, an active lifestyle and cannabis use aren't always seen as going together by many members of society.
That's why I love The 420 Games so much. The 420 Games started as a way to break down those false stereotypes, and to show that many cannabis consumers lead very healthy lifestyles.
What is The 420 Games?
According to The 420 Games website, 'Through a series of active lifestyle events, The 420 Games works to break down the stereotypes that have been built up during the era of cannabis prohibition.'
The mission of the event organizers is to forge 'a new outlook on cannabis by hosting athletic events.' All events, 'are designed to accommodate beginning to advanced level athletes.'
The events consist of a 4.2 mile marathon that participants can run, walk, bicycle, or by using just about any other way that you want to get around. There is a cash prize for first place finishers who aren't using some type of device to get around (just their two feet!).
I did not attend the most recent event, held in Seattle, but everyone that I know who went had a great time. You can check out pictures from the event on Facebook.
Are there more events coming up in 2016?
If you weren't able to make it to Seattle, know that there are more events coming up. The next 420 Games is taking place in San Francisco on August 27th, 2016.
This event will be followed by a 420 Games in Denver on September 17th, 2016. Boulder will be soon to follow on October 1st, 2016, as well as an event which will be held in Portland, Oregon on October 29th, 2016. I plan on attending this one.
Sports cannabis is a powerful movement, and The 420 Games is helping lead the way. Huge hat tip to Jim McAlpine and the other fine people behind the event! This excellent article and five-minute video on The 420 Games destigmatizes decades of misperception on cannabis… plus it’s fun to read and watch.
Are you an athlete that consumes cannabis?