April 20th, or 4/20, is "National Pot Smoking Day," an unofficial holiday for marijuana celebrations and legalization advocates. Events scheduled around the country Monday celebrate marijuana and the legalization movement. In New York City, High Times magazine will hold a secret and sold out event and in San Francisco crowds are expected to celebrate at parks near the Golden Gate Bridge.
But at Boulder, Colo. students and activists are expected to celebrate what is being called the biggest 4/20 event in the world according to NORML, the National Association for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Speakers and a forum are being held at University of Colorado, with a 4:20 toking up in the center quad of the school. University officials are not condoning the event and sent out an email to students asking them not to participate in the events, saying it debases the reputation of the school.
Why April 20? The common history of 4/20 points to students in 1971 at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, Calif. meeting each afternoon after school at 4:20 to smoke pot. The date April 20, 4/20, then grew out of that to become a unofficial day for marijuana. "420" also has became a term for a time to get high. Marijuana advocates are encouraged that the discussion of legalization is becoming more widespread.
We applaud their efforts and encourage President Obama to move away from his politically correct position and to legalize this vital plant that has meant so much to this planet for many thousands of years.
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