LOS ANGELES (Circa) -- On an uncharacteristically overcast morning in Santa Monica, California, hundreds of cannabis aficionados gathered for a 4.20 mile race. This was just the first of many athletic events and competitions at the 420 Games.
The Games are a series of athletic events held in multiple cities across the country (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Pittsburgh) to "show that cannabis users are NOT lazy, unmotivated or 'stoners' and to de-stigmatize the millions who use cannabis in a healthy and responsible lifestyle," according to the event's website.
"There are just so many different uses for CBD and THC," says Dr. Donald Davidson, who is the doctor behind Dr. D. Cannabis, an educational platform and cannabis product manufacturer. "From pain, neuroprotective qualities, applications for diabetes, Alzheimer's possibly."
This year, the L.A. 420 Games featured Jiu-jitsu, BMX, massages and a bunch of cannabis businesses.
"It was good," said Schanique from Long Beach, California, who had also run the 4.20-mile race. "Except they don't have actual samples, so that's it," she said, laughing.
Marijuana use is not allowed on the premises, but plenty show up to the event high.
"This is my first time here, and it's like an adult Disneyland, so I'm having a good time," said Evelyn Batres who was at the event with her brother.
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