Hi All! It's a Reefer Revolution! Tomorrow we celebrate by lighting up a fat one on April 20, Weed Day! Potheads from all over the world, from Amsterdam to New Zealand, from Arkansas to Zimbabwe will be lighting up this Thursday to celebrate the Jolly Green! If you reside in certain states and countries, you can light up legally. Otherwise you'll want to keep it on the down low. As of 2017 smoking marijuana recreationally is legal in South Africa, Spain, Uraguay, and some parts of the United States including Washington State, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, and Alaska! My home state of Washington was among one of the first, along with Colorado to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes in 2012. In Washington State, this applies to those over 21 years of age and there are regulations similar to those around alcohol use. One may not legally drive under the influence and you can't smoke weed on the street corner, although that does not stop people from doing so. Take a walk around any street in Seattle and you will catch a whiff of that Giggle Smoke. A number of states and even more countries have decriminalized possession of a small amount of marijuana. And others have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.
Legend has it that the observance of marijuana on April 20 began with some high school students in California back in the 70's. They say that a bunch of high school students in San Rafael California chose to meet in the woods at 4:20 one day after school to search for a plot of cannabis plants that was reported to be growing nearby. They say that "420" became their code word when talking about Aunt Mary. Since then a number of events have been built around 4-20 including the Cannabis Cup and the World Hemp Expo Extravaganza. These types of events aim to promote the legality of marijuana, the health benefits that many experience from injestion of marijuana, and the harmlessness to others that underlies the need for legalization. Other events promote the viability of hemp and marijuana use as an environmental and social benefit to humankind.
I will personally be celebrating this day by wearing my hemp socks, the most comfortable and breathable socks I own, walking down to my local weed shop and purchasing my favorite way to inject marijuana, Fremont Freaks. They are a delicious dried fruit that has been dipped in a sugar loaded with THC! YUM!
How will YOU be celebrating 420?