As cannabis legalization in New York continues forward, so does the celebration of cannabis enthusiasts’ trademark holiday, 4/20. This year, going into the second year of legal cannabis in New York state, a gathering of epic proportions celebrating the holiday in Basom, New York, called Buzzed Bunny commemorated the strides legal cannabis has been making and then some.
“Every time we host an event, we always seem to learn something new,” said event organizer and Shaman Medicinal owner Jesse Spring. “Doing this in April, we were very worried about the weather, luckily my sister was able to offer us this location for an indoor event.”
Buzzed Bunny, presented by Shaman Medicinal, is the latest in Spring’s line of events that have taken place on the Tonawanda Seneca Nation. Vendors at Buzzed Bunny were in full force selling their wares as per usual. Cannabis products of every kind were on display, ranging from unique beverages like soda and lemonade, to the more classic brownies and gummy edibles.
“It is really cool and crazy to have so many influencers and people from the industry here all together,” Spring went on to say. “You can really feel everyone coming together. In total today there are about twenty vendors, the last ones we had upwards of seventy. We wanted to keep this one smaller, give more people a shot at maximizing their profits instead of competing.”
Outside, the stage area was alive with attendees and special guests, including TikTok and Instagram influencers the Wasserman Brothers, Sober Junkie, and Dr. Brokleg, whose cannabis videos are becoming massively popular online.
“I think the biggest difference this time around is that people are much more chill,” said Ruby Spring, co-owner of Shaman Medicinal. “Everything is not so new and wild that everybody is running around, they can now take the time to relax and meet other people.”
Local glass shops were on-site at Buzzed Bunny too, showcasing a wide array of creative designs and glass creations, and doing live glassblowing on several occasions to enticed onlookers. Local food vendors were joined by chefs who specialize in cannabis-infusions, offering a wide array of meal options like jerk chicken, taco in a bag, and even chicken wings.
“Our next big event is July 10,” Spring said in closing, alluring to the next event by Shaman. “No location, no set information yet, but we can promise it is going to be big.”