Comedian Bill Maher is petitioning to make Weed Day an official holiday. The petition has garnered signatures from more than 25,000 supporters. Maher said it is high time stoners day becomes official. Now that marijuana is legal in varied forms in at least 24 states Maher is urging cannabis lovers to sign his petition to make 4/20 a national holiday.
For his first time on Change.org as an initiator, Maher established his petition highlighting other days that started out as a thought but found their way to official status. He said Americans celebrate everything from National Day of Prayer to Groundhog Day to Arbor Day. According to the political satirist:
If people can set aside days to pay tribute to a space ghost, rodent or trees, surely one day can be designated to officially recognize a true institution of America.
The debate surrounding the legalization of marijuana has been in high gear nationwide. Although more people support the medicinal properties of cannabis, many are against its recreational use. Regardless of public opinion, advocates of marijuana legalization blazed nationwide in observance of “their” annual 4/20 observance. Many marijuana lovers participate yearly in Weed Day without knowledge of its origins.
April 20th has been deemed the grand master of all holidays by celebrants. They say it is the real-time to get high and have encouraged others to enjoy the day and recharge their efforts to work towards making weed legal nationwide. Celebrants gathered together in various locations at 4:20 on April 20th for what they call 420-ing.
One flyer stated that 420 began in California during the late 1970s as a police code for Marijuana Smoking in Progress. Locals heard about the police call and decided to use the expression 420 when they referred to the herb. They would say things like:
Let’s go 420, dude.
Soon thereafter people began getting high when the clock struck 4:20, in the morning and/or evening. They loved the idea of knowing all across the country their “brothers and sisters” were lighting up and getting stoned at the same time. They decided to take it to the next level and highlighted the entire day which matched the numbers 420 a day of celebration. The flyer also directed lovers of weed to take the day off from school or work and meet at the Bolinas Ridge Mt. Tamalpais sunset spot in Marin County. It read:
Just go to downtown Mill Valley, find a stoner and ask where Bolinas Ridge is. If you make it to Marin, you will definitely find it.
The flyer also contained helpful hints which advised the smokers to be extra careful that nothing would go wrong within that minute. The hoped for no cops, heavy winds or faulty lighters; just a high time together with friends smoking weed hardcore.
Maher said it is time to take the holiday from underground status to mainstream. His petition has reached an all-time high gaining the signatures of more than 25,000 weed lovers in support of his efforts. Some credit the seminal rock band The Grateful Dead for coining the expression “420-ing” while others believe the credit goes to four San Rafael locals who dubbed themselves “The Waldos” back in the early 1970s. While some may oppose the petition, Bill Maher’s audience responded with thunderous applause when he mentioned 420 and his petition on Real Time With Bill Maher.
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by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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