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Thursday 4/14

Cannabis College

Get yourself schooled in a new pot topic—from hydroponics and medical marijuana law to hash-making and growing tips—every Thursday at the Cannabis Resource Center. Tonight's topic: cloning, with attendees instructed to bring their "favorite genetics." (Among the requested strains: Chem Dog, Chernobyl, and Purple Urkel.) (Cannabis Resource Center, 1714 First Ave S, www.cdc.coop, 7–9 pm, $20 general/$10 members [patients and providers], new classes most Thursday evenings)

Saturday 4/16

Cannabis Farmers Market Tacoma

To help residents properly prepare for 4/20, Tacoma hosts a special Saturday Cannabis Farmers Market. (Sacred Plant Medicine and Cannabis Farmers Markets Home Office, 1912 Center St, Tacoma, 11 am–6 pm)

Sunday 4/17

Cannabis Farmers Market Seattle

Same as previous, only in Seattle. (

OmCulture, 2210 N Pacific St, 11 am–5 pm)

Wednesday 4/20

420 Cup

At this competitive fantasia, Washington State's best medical cannabis will be sampled and judged by anyone authorized under state law and willing to buy a $100 ticket. Among the delights: door prizes, food vendors, and a "50 Bong Hit Raffle." (Location TBA, with address disclosed to ticket buyers, www.brownpapertickets.com, 4–7 pm, $100 judges pass)

Friday 4/22

Animation at SIFF Cinema

Two programs designed for pothead cinephiles: at 7 pm, a family-friendly collection of shorts created by mighty Pixar. At 9 pm, Return of the Animated: The Best of SIFF Animation for Adults, gathering the best animated fare to screen at the Seattle International Film Festival over the past few years. (SIFF Cinema, 321 Mercer St, www.siff.net, 7 and 9 pm, each program $5–$10)

Sunday 4/24

Seattle Pug Meetup

You know what's more fun than getting high and watching hundreds of pugs? Nothing. (Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, noon)

Thursday 4/28

Dining Out for Life

Fact 1: Medical marijuana makes an incalculable difference in the lives of many people living with HIV/AIDS. Fact 2: Stoners love to eat. Celebrate both these facts tonight by Dining Out for Life, in which more than 150 restaurants donate a portion of their daily sales to the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Puget Sound region. (For full info and participating restaurants, see www.diningoutfor life.com/seattle)

Monday 5/2

Cannabis Defense Coalition Public Session

The Cannabis Defense Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization devoted to reducing the harms associated with drug use and advocating sensible, science-based drug policy. Join the discussion the first Monday of every month. (Cannabis Resource Center, 1714 First Ave S, 7 pm, open to the public)

Saturday 5/14

Cannabis Freedom March 2011

A rally and march from Volunteer Park to Westlake Center, with live music, speakers, and "activism in motion." (Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E, 11 am)

Sat–Sun 5/14–15

Seattle Cheese Festival

Oh hell yeah. Potheads love cheese like Arabs hate Jews—forever, and in quick, violent bursts. Gorge yourself on samples from around the world. (

Pike Place Market, First Ave and Pike St, www.seattlecheesefestival.com, Sat 10 am–5 pm, Sun 10 am– 4 pm, free)

Sunday 5/15

Cannabis Farmers Market Seattle

Will this May be sweet and warm or gray and bitchy? Either way, you need grass. (OmCulture, 2210 N Pacific St, 11 am–5 pm)

Sunday 5/22

Cannabis Farmers Market Seattle

So. Much. Pot. (OmCulture, 2210 N Pacific St, 11 am–5 pm)

Friday 6/3

CCFA Night at Safeco Field

Medical marijuana continues to make a humongous difference in the quality of life of people living with Crohn's disease and colitis. A portion of each ticket for tonight's game at Safeco Field—featuring the Mariners against the Tampa Bay Rays and a national anthem sung by Pearl Jam's Mike McCready—will support the Northwest chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. (

Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave S, www.mariners .com, 7 pm, $20–$40)

Sunday 6/12

Cannabis Farmers Market Seattle

Been yet? (OmCulture, 2210 N Pacific St, 11 am–5 pm)

Saturday 6/25

Tacoma Hempfest

Warm up for Seattle Hempfest—or just enjoy a Hempfest that doesn't inspire patchouli-scented claustrophobia—today in Tacoma. On the bill: bands, vendors, good vibes. (Wright Park, 501 South I St, Tacoma, 10 am–9 pm, free)

Sunday 6/26Cannabis Farmers Market Seattle

More! (OmCulture, 2210 N Pacific St, 11 am–5 pm)

Fri–Sun 8/19–21

Seattle Hempfest

Three full days of bands, crowds, food, and the smell of burning rope. (Bonus if we're lucky: that sweet hippie who stands in the same place every year selling mushroom fudge.) (Myrtle Edwards Park, 3130 Alaskan Way W, www .hempfest.org, Fri noon–8 pm, Sat–Sun 10 am–8 pm, free)

Thursday 11/24

Thanksgiving

Celebrate your heritage and give thanks for your good fortune by gorging on whatever the fuck you want. Your country demands it.

Sunday 12/25

Eggnog Bong

Celebrate the birth of our lord and savior by replacing your bong water with perfectly chilled eggnog. Smooth and delicious! (Though adding nutmeg will cause larger-than-normal coughing fits.)

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Contrary to potheadular belief, not everything should be done while high on marijuana, including but not limited to babysitting, performing surgery, driving, shopping at Costco, gambling, visiting an animal shelter, joining the military, or playing a practical joke on a police officer.