4/20 Weed Toronto

Stoners gather at Yonge-Dundas Square for 4/20

Hundreds gathered at Yonge-Dundas square to partake in the yearly celebration that is 4/20. A cloud of thick smoke rose over the square at 4:20 p.m. as everyone (yup, even the wee teenagers) lit their joints and bongs.

The crowd was made up of predominantly 18 to 30 year olds, though there were a few of the requisite Timothy Leary types hanging around too. More entertaining was the dude dressed in a cannabis leaf with a QR code on the back (sign of the times I'd say). Some guy was enjoying the day so much that he was taking a... err... refreshing shower in the fountains running in the square.

Police stood surrounding the square as passer byers made non-sensical remarks to them. A overly happy teenager wished the officer, "Happy weed day!" One of the officers who has been at the event yearly remarked that it is always people coming together in a positive way. Not everybody felt that way, though.

4/20 Day Toronto

As the crowd dispersed, I noticed a Sun News reporter wearing a gas mask that looked like it was from the First World War. He was interviewing/mocking one of the participants, who seemed to be transfixed by the mask. It actually looked scary (or maybe at that point I was starting to feel the effects myself).

I guess some people can never get into the spirit.

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Photos by Tom Ryaboi


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