420 fest

Taking over The Boardwalk April 20-22 is the fifth annual 420 Fest.

The three-day event will include performances by more than 30 regional bands, including Los Chucanos, Rosa Sparxx, San Antonio rock duo Lonely Horse and Albuquerque indie-pop band Red Light Cameras. There will also be glass blowing, fire dance performances, food trucks and vendors for attendees to enjoy.

Besides offering seemingly endless entertainment, 420 Fest organizers said they want to educate the public on medical cannabis.

“We want to stop the stigma that comes with marijuana use,” 420 Fest founder Alex Vargas said. Specifically, Vargas wants to educate attendees about CBD, or cannabidiol, a chemical found in cannabis. He says CBD helps those who suffer from epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, chronic pain and other illnesses.

Furthering the discussion of medical marijuana will be Ruben Aguilar, organizer of the New Mexico cannabis festival, CANNAville. Besides organizing the festival, Aguilar works at Buen Salud, an outpatient facility in Sunland Park that prescribes cannabis to patients who suffer from chronic pain and other ailments.

“It can help those who suffer from inflammation,” Aguilar said. “It can also help patients sleep better.”

El Paso NORML executive director Colt DeMorris will also be at the festival to talk about where marijuana bills stand in the Texas legislature.

From entertaining to educational, the 420 Fest will have a little something for each of those who are curious about or supportive of cannabis.

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