“When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.”―Bob Marley
“Marijuana is quite possibly the finest of intoxicants. It has been scientifically proven, for decades, to be much less harmful to the body than alcohol when used on a regular basis (Google “Science”).”―Nick Offerman
“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?”―Bill Hicks
“Of course I know how to roll a joint.”―Martha Stewart
“When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.”―Barack Obama
“I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits -and millions of Americans agree with me.”―Hunter S. Thompson
“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”―Carl Sagan
“It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics… dope and all that crap. It’s a thousand times better than whiskey – it’s an assistant – a friend.”―Louis Armstrong
Today is the ever so anticipated 4/20. I’m sure you will all be celebrating in one form or another, whether you’re sitting at the top of Hippie Hill in San Francisco, or you’re sitting at home surrounded by friends and family. For the readers who are unfamiliar with the relevance of the date, today is a day celebrated by Americans across the country that participate in smoking the leaves from delicate plant. As I walk around campus today, I couldn’t help but notice all the signs advocating for the celebration of the day. While I have been known to take part in its celebration, I honestly had no idea how the “holiday” came to be, so I did a little research to find out its origin.
According to the oh so credible Wikipedia, here’s what I found:
A group of people in San Rafael, California, calling themselves the Waldos because “their chosen hang-out spot was a wall outside the school”, used the term in connection with a fall 1971 plan to search for an abandoned cannabis crop that they had learned about. The Waldos designated the Louis Pasteur statue on the grounds of San Rafael High School as their meeting place, and 4:20 p.m. as their meeting time. The Waldos referred to this plan with the phrase “4:20 Louis”. Multiple failed attempts to find the crop eventually shortened their phrase to simply “4:20”, which ultimately evolved into a codeword that the teens used to mean marijuana-smoking in general. Mike Edison says that Steven Hager of High Times was responsible for taking the story about the Waldos to “mind-boggling, cult like extremes” and “suppressing” all other stories about the origin of the term.
Hager wrote “Stoner Smart or Stoner Stupid?” in which he called for 4:20 p.m. to be the socially accepted hour of the day to consume cannabis. He attributes the early spread of the phrase to Grateful Dead followers, who were also linked to the city of San Rafael.
Just a fun fact that I wished to share with my dear readers. Remember to have fun on this fine day, but to also stay safe out there!