4/20 is National Weed Day

April 20th, 2009 - 7:20 pm ICT by GD  

April 20, or 4/20 has become known as the unofficial national weed day for the lovers of marijuana. The 420 chemical substances present in weed makes 4/20 a special day and in celebrating the day they are celebrating both the substance and its illegal stature.

Pot smokers light up to protest against the marijuana laws on the day and the date has been celebrated since the 1970s, hyped then by the High Times. Pro-pot rallies are organized in the US and Canada to support the day although the police say anyone caught smoking weed will be cited instantly. Meanwhile Taco bell, McDonalds and other fat food joints are expected to gear up to meet higher demands and sales on the day.

In Pennsylvania it is illegal to possess marijuana and the possible prison sentence, if caught, stretches from 30 days to a year, depending on whether the individual possesses more or less than 30 grams of the substance. Pro-pot individuals say that making marijuana illegal gives the police a reason to harrass otherwise law-abiding citizens, including those from the black and Latino communities. This is especially worse for youngsters from the two communities in spite of the fact that the majority of those who smoke pot are the whites.

A large celebration is held every year on this day at the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus. In 2008, over 10,000 people attended the celebration in spite of efforts made by the University police to end the event altogether. Even in New Zealand, at the University of Otago, students and pro-pot enthusiasts regularly meet at 4:20 pm on Fridays and openly smoke weed as a mark of their protest.

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