4/20

4/20: A Holiday for Fans of Liberalized Marijuana Laws

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 08:35:09 -0700 Antidrug groups have lambasted 4/20 celebrations as gateway events to illegal drug use, but enthusiasts celebrated their high holiday on Friday in all the traditional ways. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/21/us/4-20-a-holiday-for-fans-of-liberalized-marijuana-laws.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

The Best 4/20 Gimmick: Austin's 8-Foot Willie Nelson Statue

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 14:43:47 -0700 Let's not be naive: This whole 4/20 business is all about the green stuffmoney. But on a day full of craven marketing to stoners, the ploy we can really get roll with is the unveiling of an eight-foot-tall statue of Willie Nelson in Austinat 4:20 p.m. http://news.yahoo.com/best-4-20-gimmick-austins-8-foot-willie-214347072.html

4/20: Sweet smoke from Vancouver to Boulder | Strange Bedfellows …

The informal 4/20 national marijuana smoke-in, born in the 1970s at San Rafael High School in California, has grown (illegally) from the Canadian province with a billion-dollar B.C. Bud crop to the campus of Rocky … http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2012/04/20/420-sweet-smoke-from-vancouver-to-bouldere/

Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points — A 4/20 Column

Four years ago, 178 Republicans in the House of Representatives voted against H.R. 1113, which was introduced in the spirit of "celebrating the role of mothers in the United States" and "supporting the goals and ideals of … http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-weigant/talking-points_b_1442096.html

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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.

  • Hymn says:

    Do You Believe It’s 4:20 Someplace In The World All The Time Or Only In The Time Zones? Like time is sweeping over the planet in a continual calculatable band of ‘current local time’ (example in New York city it’s 4:20 but in LA it’s 1:20, so in increments larger than a few miles but smaller than waiting until the next date line it’s 4:20 east of New York in a band of current local time moving toward LA.) So instead of there being time zone 4:20’s there’s 4:20 happening all the time as the band of time moves across the planet.

    I don’t know, i want your feedback. I like the idea of time zone 4:20’s so that way someday i can celebrate 4:20 around the world- sparking up each time a time zone hits 4:20. There’s lots of timezones. I like the idea of 4:20 being a clock thing too, not just happening all the time because i like a ‘moment’ of 4:20. 4:20 is like new years, it happens at certain times.

    4:20 happening in a continual band of local current time is a trip too. Like how fast would one need to be traveling west to be in continual current local 4:20 time?

    • Curator says:

      The equatorial circumference of the earth is 24,901.55 miles. So, along the equator, you’d have to be going about 1,037.56 miles per hour (covering the entire circumference in 24 hours) to maintain a “continual current local 4:20 time”.

      If you were next to the north pole (or south pole), where you could walk around the pole in 24 steps, you could go as slow as one step per hour to maintain a “continual current local 4:20 time”. On the north pole, you could stand in every time zone at once.

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