Speech to Text for City of Weed holds its first 4/20 Educational Weed Festival
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: "ironically this is the city of weed's very first 4/20 fesitval. local cannabis industry leaders say its been a long and hard road to get here." nats "a friend in weed is a friend indeed." after five years of going to the weed city council to legalize recreational marijuana, jim striegel's work has paid off. jim says: "to finally see it legal in california is exciting and to be in the town of weed on 420 for the first annual celebration is great." -and thus the first ever 4-20 education weed festival in weed california was born. the city shut down main street for the festivities. elizabeth says: "education is key. even with the cannabis users themselves or officials, just do the reading." the festivals organizers say the road to recreational marijuana in weed hasn't been easy. calfornia voters passed prop 64 or the adult use marijuana act back in november 20-16. californians couldn't legally buy pot from dispensaries until the start of 20-18. and even now-- it's still illegal in much of siskiyou county. in fact, weed's dispensary la florista cannabis didn't open it's doors to recreational marijuana until about may of last year. elizabeth says: "once adult use passed that it kind og opened the doors to kind of take baby steps in this city and so far they've really embraced us, they've welcomed us here. we're part of the community. we're part of the development and the revitalization of downtown weed." striegel says part of the city's revitalization is coming up with a clever mascot. this is tokey the bear. jim says: "tokey the bear, he's smokey the bear's cousin except he doesn't work for the forest service he grows in the forest" he hopes to turn tokey into something similar to punxsutawney phil on groundhog day in order to bring more tourists and more money to the city every year on 4-20. nats "if he sees his shadow spring is here to stay. if he doesn't see his shadow then we party anyway." andryanna says: "the festival is still going to be happening for another hour or so. it wraps up at 7-pm. you can find more information on our website, kdrv dot com. in weed, andryanna sheppard, newswatch