What Are You Doing Today 4/20?
Posted by Laura Vladimirova | April 20 2012 | 2824 views | Comments ↓
The Grateful Dead helped to start 4/20.
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Every year thousands of people gather in pockets all over the world to celebrate the medical marijuana holiday known as 4/20. Though there is often some misunderstanding regarding the origins and meaning of the term and the day, overall it is an event aimed at raising support, celebrating our love for the kind bud and creating mass awareness of how far the movement has come.
To clarify the history of the term, the moniker hails from a 1971 crew of friends from San Rafael, CA known as the Waldos. The group met everyday after school at 4:20 to look for a major, unattended garden with filled with the herb. In time, the end of the California hippie environment was imminent, so many of the musicians and like-minded folk moved out of San Francisco to Marin Country, closer to the Waldos. Eventually the paths of major counter culture bands like the Grateful Dead crossed with the Waldos and it spread from there to all of the traveling Deadheads. The number was picked up by High Times Magazine and finally, the term and the idea of 4/20 as holiday gained enough popularity to become a symbol of power and connectivity for our community.
Luckily, this year public support is at an all-time high, despite some diversion tactics from school officials at University of Colorado at Boulder. One of the nations' bigger events takes place at the school, yet Chancellor Phil DeStefano wants to put an end to the 4/20 smoke-out. He has threatened students with fines and other sanctions if they are caught toking. Threats are not the only strategy the school is using to drag students away from the main meeting spot, the Norlin Quad. Wyclef Jean has been tapped to perform a major show for students at around 4:20 p.m.
There is another group out there using a different type of tactic to band anti-prohibition enthusiast together. Anonijuana, an Anonymous subgroup aimed at ending the war of drugs, has released a statement saying: "The success of this operation relies heavily on the people who support #Cannabis reform. We call on you the people to stand in solidarity with #occupy420 to help in the cause of Cannabis reformation."
They are turning to Twitter to spread their message which condemns the failed war on medical marijuana and aims to "fight against this unjust law of prohibiting a plant" as well as creating an OpCannabisMap, which is "a centralized map in which visitors will be able to access and view the current cannabis laws in their own state, and eventually country."
Other big events this year include the opening of the Bob Marley biopic, Marley; A Willie Nelson performance at ACL Live, Moody Theatre, in Austin, TX; Cypress Hill at Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO; Doug Benson's live recording of his album at Parlor Live, Bellevue, WA; Joe Rogen at The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA; The CSUF NORML 4/20 Informational Rally Concert, Free Speech Area, Fullerton, CA; Barrington Levy, Reggie Watts, Rob Cantrell at City Hall, Denver, CO; Rally in Central Park, NYC; Rally at the Mount Royal Monument, Montreal, Quebec; The "Marijuana Peace Rally & Smokeout" at Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix, AZ; And so much more.
Tell us, how will you celebrate this special day? Take some photos and send them to Laura [at] BigBudsMag [.] com!
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Article by Laura Vladimirova, on Apr. 20th 2012