4/20

4/20: a day for marijuana

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:05:48 -0700 For marijuana users, 4/20 is code for the day to openly celebrate the illegal drug. Searches on "420" have been lighting up on Yahoo! and in the twitterverse, with "4/20" and "Mary Jane Day" becoming trending topics. In Austin, Texas, Willie Nelson (a famous fan of the herb) will help unveil a statue of himself at, you guessed […] http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/4-20-day-marijuana-170606075.html

4/20 pot celebrations abound in Denver this weekend

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:23:46 -0700 When Damon Metzner needed a quick fix to boost ticket sales for a concert late last August, he found the answer on an increasingly popular website: Weedmaps. The event was a Monday-night hip-hop show at the Larimer Lounge, where Metzner works as marketing director. http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_20428014/4-20-pot-celebration-gets-two-day-events?source=rss

4/20 Braaaaaaaah Cute Overload

Dude! Dude dude dude dude listen. [maniacal laughter for 15 minutes]. Whoah [Keanu Reeves voice]. Once again, Oliver Donavan, spokeskitten with a MySpace page, graces CuteOverload. Oliver is a Professional Kitten and … http://cuteoverload.com/2012/04/20/420-braaaaaaaah-2/

Morning Walkabout: 4/20 – NYTimes.com

A daily capsule of travel news curated by our writers and editors. http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/morning-walkabout-420/

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8 Responses to 4/20

  • Sierra S says:

    4-20????????????? Ok, i know why it is celebrated or whatever…but i don’t understand why everyone makes such a big deal out of it. everyone is like, “oh it’s 4-20 im gonna get high off my ass!”
    no, your gonna get high whenever you want to get high, regardless of what the date is. why does everyone make such a big deal about smoking today? its no different than any other day, except the cops are probably more aware and looking for this. i think its stupid.

    • Curator says:

      Why do people go to church when they can pray at home? Why do they go to a concert when they can listen to music on their radio (or even their Ipod or computer)? It’s not about the weed, it’s about the socialization.

  • Adilicious says:

    4/20??????? Why is 4/20 so special for smoking?
    Who invented this -holiday-?
    Are you retarded?
    Or are you just too high to read this question correctly/
    I am in no way bashing people who smoke, in fact I’m not even saying that I don’t.
    I’m definitely NOT straight edge.

    I’m asking where the holiday originated you moron.
    And if you’re talking to the girl who posted above you, why does it even matter to you?

    Do you think you’re a better person because you smoke pot and she doesn’t? She’s not ignorant or stupid, she’s smart enough not to involve herself in drugs.
    Don’t use my question to bash another answerer who’s obviously more intelligent than you.

    • Curator says:

      What does 420 mean? There are varying theories on the origin of 420. Some say that 420 originated from a police code that announces marijuana use is taking place. Yet another story is that a group of guys (Waldo’s) in the 1970’s made 4:20 their official meeting time to smoke marijuana after school. Whether or not 4:20 p.m. is the best time of day for your first hit depends on your own body, your own needs. Some folks feel that waiting until 4:20 enhances ones appreciation of the herb. Of course, your mileage may vary.

      In the 21st Century, 420 is firmly established as a code amongst tokers, a time of day and even sort of a toker’s New Year’s Day. It’s in our culture now and only time will tell where it ends up.

      April 20th (4/20) is another usage, meaning that it is time for to plant before the summer.

      Whatever the real story is, 420 has been an important part of the marijuana culture since the 1970’s. The significance of 420 has been kept underground and is mostly known only among marijuana smokers. Many non-smokers aren’t aware of the symbolism when they see someone wearing a T-shirt or baseball cap that says 420 across the front.

      When the 420 icon is somehow discreetly worked into a mainstream product like a film, marijuana users take notice. The film Pulp Fiction is rumored to have had all clocks throughout the movie set to 4:20. Marijuana smokers familiar with the symbol picked up on it—most people, however, did not.

      While some marijuana smokers are using 420 as a code that enables them to openly speak about marijuana in front of parents or teachers. 420 has been to some, a sacred symbol for nearly 30 years.

      Simply put, 420 is a symbol of cannabis and its culture. Today, April 20th events are international, and 4:20 pm has become sort of a world wide “burn time”.

      Known 420 Myths

      Police dispatch code for smoking pot is 420.
      The number 420 is not police radio code for anything, anywhere. Checks of criminal codes suggest that the origin is neither Californian nor federal. For instance, California Penal Code 420 defines as a misdemeanor the hindrance of use of public lands.

      There are approximately 420 active chemicals in marijuana.
      Actually, there are approximately 315 active chemicals in marijuana. This number goes up and down depending on which plant is used.

      April 20th is National Pot Smokers Day.
      Well, it is now 🙂 ; but that wasn’t the origin.

      April 20th is Hitler’s birthday.
      Yes, it is his birthday. But, as 420 started out as a time, not a date, his birthday had nothing to do with it.

      The date of the Columbine school shootings.
      This happened after the term was already in use.

      4:20 is tea time for pot-smokers in Holland.
      Tea time in Holland is at 5:30 pm, or is it 2:30 pm? Seems no one is quite sure when the wonderful people of Holland drink their tea.

  • Anonymous says:

    How Much Tax Would I Need To Pay For 100 Headphones Costing $4.20 Each From China? Ok so i am starting up my own ebay and amazon store and i have found a wholesale site that are selling headphones at $4.20 each , and i am wondering how much tax it would cost me if i buy 100 and yes they are from china, many thanks jamie 🙂

    • Curator says:

      I would check the HRMC Website

      Imports from outside the EU are usually liable for:
      customs duty
      excise duty
      import VAT

      Excise duty is only chargable on alcohol, cigarettes etc. so you don’t need to worry about it.

      If the total goods are worth less than £15, then you don’t have to pay anything.
      For items between £15 and £135 you have to pay Import VAT which is 20%
      For items over £135 you have to pay Import VAT at 20%, and then Customs Duty. But this is waived if the amount due is less than £9.
      There are different levels of custom duties for different types of items, sent from different locations. But HRMC says they are usually between 5-9%.

      Royal Mail or Parcelforce deal with all customs duty and Import VAT payments. When your package is received in the UK they will send you a letter or postcard telling you how much Import VAT and duty is payable. (It’s usually quite a snotty threatening letter), How to pay it etc. When its paid, they will deliver to your house or local delivery office.
      They also charge a “handling fee” of £8.

      For a rough estimate
      $420 = approx £275
      20% VAT = £55
      9% Customs Duty =just under £25
      Handling fee = £8

      So you’d be looking at approx £88 – depending on what the Customs Duty was.

      Little addition – If you we’re starting up as a proper business and registered for VAT, you can claim that VAT you paid back – but you would have to start charging VAT on your sales. – so you’d have to weigh up pros and cons.
      If your business takes off and your turn over is above £73,000, you HAVE to charge VAT though.

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