Today is April 20th or in American date shorthand, 4/20. In some circles that date is synonymous with pot, weed, grass, dope, ganja, Mary Jane, chronic, bubonic chronic, sticky icky, broccoli, devil's lettuce, jazz cabbage, tree, herb, Maui-Wowie, kush, green crack, Houdini, and my personal favorite, reefer.
With cannabis recreationally legal in 16 states (add Virginia and New Mexico to the list this summer) & Washington, D.C. and anywhere from 65-70% of Americans supporting legalization (depending on your source), it seems like a matter of time until cannabis is federally legal in the United States (I'm not holding my breath).
Whether you recognize 4/20 as a holiday, it's just another day to puff that sweet, sweet cheeba, or you don't burn like Wade, there is no denying it's the most famous cannabis-related day on the calendar.
I don't want to be the Jeffrey Dahmer of vibes on this day of celebration, but it's important to remember how fucked up the history of "the war on drugs" and the reasoning behind cannabis' schedule one label are.
With more and more states legalizing, the legal cannabis industry raked in record high profits in 2020. You might have noticed countless restaurants and other companies running 4/20 promotions. I'm not sure how many of those actually care about restorative justice. We've seen how companies use Pride Month a cash grab. The same cannot be said for Ben and Jerry's. This was taken directly from their home page.
So what can you do? Well before grinding up some of that sweet left for your next bowl pack, bong rip, one-hitter, joint, blunt, spliff, gas mask, apple, or steam roller, please take 42 seconds to support the ACLU in telling Congress to support the MORE Act, which would deschedule cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and enact various criminal and social justice reforms related to cannabis, including the expungement of prior convictions (s/o Wiki). Hell, it's so easy to support that you can totally do it after indulging too ;)
CLICK HERE to add your name to the list. There's no reason (other than hate and white supremacy) that a plant that allows thousands if not millions of people to LEGALLY make a living/fortune can also keep thousands if not millions of people in jail, then ruin their chances at employment and productive life once they get out. We can do what's in our power to fight that evil. I highly suggest watching Grass is Greener on Netflix if you haven't already.