420 | Happy HIGH-liday

420 | Happy HIGH-liday by Joe Reid Kirby III

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Happy HIGH-liday to all of the productive cannabis-crazed members of society!

If you’ve never toked-till-you-choked; got lit or blazed; and are not heavily-stoned most of your days, then you probably don’t know the meaning of 420. So, allow me to enlighten you on this subject: April 20th has become a sort of socially-accepted international holiday for cannabis consumers worldwide.

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The code 420 is said to have been originally established by the hippie, counter-culture generation of San Rafael, California, in the early 70’s. The group most notably credited with coining the numerology of 420 are “The Waldos” — their usage of the number in 1971 currently predates all other claims and myths. Moreover, the marijuana magazine, High Times, took those 3 digits global in the early 90’s, after uncovering the true story of the Waldos.

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Legend has it, that the Waldos — a team of 5 athletes at San Rafael High School — would meet up every day after school at 4:20 pm (the perfect time of which everyone was out of school, but the parents hadn’t gotten home from work yet) to smoke herb and search for a hidden cannabis crop within the forests of Point Reyes, with a Point Reyes Peninsula Coast Guard ‘treasure’ map in hand. The pot-pirates never actually found the buried treasure of green gold; instead, they discovered a new code-word (420) to freely exchange among fellow stoners, without the fear of teachers or parents finding out about their daily trips to Cloud 9.

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After over 60 years of mudslinging propaganda-based campaigns, along with national marijuana prohibition, the United States are slowly beginning to unite for the use of this mystical plant. The first U.S. Government patent for hemp (#178) was filed in 1837. Source: The Antique Cannabis Book, Chapter 5 (2nd Edition) – Bulk & Home Brew Cannabis. In a 1988 lawsuit against the government’s prohibition of medical marijuana, Judge Francis Young of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) stated: “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known. In strict medical terms, marijuana is safer than many foods we commonly consume.” – Source: US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, “In the Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition,” [Docket #86-22], (September 6, 1988), p. 57.

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U.S. Patent No. 6,630,507 was filed by the U.S. Government on February 2, 2001; stating that the cannabis sativa plant has been proven useful in treating certain neurodegenerative diseases, including: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, HIV, and dementia. Cannabis has also proven its ability to provide excellent relief for those who suffer from cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, arthritis, rheumatism, motion sickness, asthma, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. The SB420 bill of the California legislature approved California’s passing of the medical marijuana laws in 2003. The Colorado Amendment 64 — Article 18, section 16 of the Constitution of the State of Colorado — ballot was a successful popular initiative to amend the policies statewide for recreational use of cannabis for adults 21 and over. The commercial sale of cannabis in Colorado to the general public, through licensed establishments, began on January 1, 2014. A bill to limit the application of federal laws on users and distributors of marijuana (and ultimately put an end to marijuana prohibition), H.R. 1227 – 115th Congress, was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 27, 2017. Today, weed (despite its current overall legal status) is surely shedding its’ negative stigmas, as the positive facts of cannabis’ true nature is being uncovered by both the social and science communities.

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With all of that being said, it’s about time we cease judging cannabis users and seek out true problems that crave our attention. One shouldn’t be forced to walk around with a scarlet letter because of their chosen non-destructive therapy. While others can legally/peacefully enjoy the benefits of much more detrimental substances like cigarettes and alcohol (which take well over half a million lives combined each year; compared to cannabis that has claimed none … ever) cannabis consumers have been asked to hide in the shadows and be ashamed of their natural way of life.

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So today, this hit is for all of my creative cannabinoids out there … raise your blunt, bong, or joint to your lips (inhale the good shit, exhale the bullshit) … keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the grounds. Peace. LOVE. Understanding.

2017 3CupsOfJoe. All rights reserved.

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