Getting Lit for 4/20: A Guide of the North Coast's Cannabis Dispensaries

By Hannah Lee Leidy | Thursday, April 18, 2019

It’s a holiday weekend on the coast. Yes, there’s Easter on Sunday, but if you partake in cannabis culture, then you know that this Saturday is worth celebrating too. Many recognize April 20, or 4/20, as a cannabis holiday. When we hear “420,” whether as a date, time or other reason, many of us have minds that associate it with marijuana, and we may chuckle and move on. But do you know the significance behind these three numbers? (Neither did I, but I researched it so that you don’t have to).

In 1971, a group of five high school students in Marin County, California, met up each day at 4:20 p.m. to smoke. They'd say “420” to each other as their code word, meaning they wanted to get together. A few years later, one of the students became a roadie with the Grateful Dead, and rumor has it that the band helped popularize the term “420.” When Deadheads in 1990 plastered Oakland, CA, with signs inviting people to save the date for April 20, 1991, to smoke “420,” the term stuck. High Times magazine reprinted the poster, and the mass popularization of the term made it known world-wide as slang for marijuana.  

Let’s honor this day by pointing out a few of the North Coast’s most popular cannabis dispensaries to help you get ready for 4/20.

Photo Credits to Thought Catalogue

If you’re from the area, you’ve likely already heard of Mr. Nice Guy. This coastal Oregon empire has 15 locations, and if you’re in these northern towns, you can pay them a visit at their Olney Avenue and Bond Street locations in Astoria or at their Rockaway Beach shop along U.S. Highway 101.

Also in Astoria, you’ll find Hashtoria. Their extensive menu of flowers, sativa and hybrid strains have something to appeal to the marijuana maverick as well as the weed whiz. Their impressive variety of pre-rolls showcase a tasting of house flavors, such as Cookies N’ Creme, Monkey Bread and Orange Juice.

If you’re looking for Sweet Relief during your time on the coast, you’ll find it at the touch of a button ... not even kidding. Sweet Relief, with locations in Astoria, Tillamook and Gearharts, you can place your order online and then pick it up at your preferred shop. It’s a convenient way to shop for different flowers, pre-rolls, vaporizers, concentrates, edibles, topicals and tinctures.

For quality products cultivated with knowledge and care, look no farther than Cannabis Nation in Seaside. They make all of their own products, from 30 premium strains to concentrates, cartridges and pre-rolls. And great news, you can check out their annual 420 Sale on Saturday featuring deals such as 25 percent-off flowers and edibles and $5 grams.

Aptly named Seaside dispensary Highway 420 covers all of your medical and recreational marijuana needs. They carry various flowers, concentrates, pre-rolls, vaporizers, topicals and edibles, and they offer deals for specific products on a regular basis. They classify their menu by Beginner Strains, Classic Strains and Potent Strains, so you know what you’re getting into be it your first-time try or seasoned experience.

For a taste of the sweet life, try Nectar Cannabis. This dispensary is about as local as it gets, their 17 locations throughout the state – all owned by Oregonians, might I add – carrying only Oregon-grown products – all owned by Oregonians, might I add. When you’re on the North Coast, swing by their Tillamook store. Browse their craft selection of pre-rolls, concentrates, edibles, topicals, tinctures and flowers, and see what Oregon is growing and producing.

If you’re in Manzanita, you lucked out with the one the town’s only cannabis dispensaries, Oregon Coast Cannabis, being a top business on the coast. They source their flowers and strains from Oregon growers with nearly 100 years of collective experience under their belts. Visit them this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for their 4/10 Celebration. Musicians will perform live on their patio from 6 to 9 p.m., and they’ll feature store-wide sales all day long.

For additional entertainment to add to your 4/20 celebration, check out the 420 Dance Party at Labor Temple Bar in Astoria. DJ Ryan Hurt gets the scene going with house beats and dubstep at 10 p.m., and there’s no cover to attend. If you want to know more about the coastal cannabis scene in general, our North Oregon Coast Cannabis page gives you a listing for all the dispensaries in these towns.


420 history lesson courtesy of Time Magazine.