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Available Expert - Celebrating 420 in the middle of a pandemic

Monday, April 20, 2020

Queen’s University cannabis expert Oyedeji Ayonrinde (Psychiatry) is available to comment on 420 and how the cannabis culture is changing – perhaps forever. 420, celebrated around the world by marijuana smokers every April 20, will look vastly different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“420 has achieved such a global cult status,” says Dr. Ayonrinde. “In times like these, people need a reason to celebrate, particularly after weeks of isolation or disruption to their social and work lives, and 420 will give that reason. Unfortunately, due to physical distancing requirements, large gatherings at parks and festivals won’t happen this year. 420 will be celebrated more on social media, there will be more experimentation as people are self-isolating with less to do. Anecdotally, people have also started to self-medicate due to issues with stress and anxiety. 

“Given the highly infectious nature of COVID-19, changes in cannabis etiquette are being strongly encouraged - such as not sharing joints or bongs, awareness of the infectious nature of coughs and reducing or taking a break from smoking.” 

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) or Julie Brown (julie.brown@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada. 

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