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    For those who indulge, April 20 marks an annual, international celebration of marijuana legalization, advocacy and normalization. As states and localities across the US take steps to decriminalize and legalize the psychoactive substance, 4/20 demonstrations have become less about defiance, and more of a time for campaigning and celebration.

    Marijuana advocates New-York based AIDS coalition Act Up NY managed to merge the 4/20 holiday with its public health efforts on Tuesday via its "Joints for Jabs" event at Union Square in New York City, New York. 

    "The marijuana community supports the science behind the COVID vaccine and what better way to encourage cannabis users to get vaccinated than to give out free pot," activist Dana Beal said in a statement about the event.  

    The event, led in part by a man aptly dubbed the "Mayor of Marijuana," came a little over a month after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing recreational marijuana use. 

    While the "Joints for Jab" festivities only lasted until 4:20 p.m. local time, netizens did not stop weighing in on the event. 
    While the "Joints for Jabs" event in New York received a lot of social media buzz, the nation's capital was also home to a parallel initiative launched by DC Marijuana Justice, an advocacy group founded in 2013. 

    "There are too many people denying science when it comes to the vaccines, and we want to say if you believe that cannabis is scientifically proven to be safe, then you also have to believe that the vaccine is safe because it too has been scientifically proven to be safe using clinical trials," activist Adam Eidinger told Reuters on Tuesday. 


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