Yesterday marked what many cannabis consumers consider to be a day for celebration: April 20, or “420.”
According to Herb, there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the significance of that day and how it became a part of the counterculture. One of the earliest origin stories can be traced back to a group of high school students who attempted to search for a hidden marijuana crop and used the numbers when referring to the plant. By fate the term was picked up by members of the band Grateful Dead when they came to town, and the rest is history.
While some observers of the day use it to light up, those who are passionate about legalization used it to rally at state houses nationwide and encourage lawmakers to advance legislation.
In Colorado, which became the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, supporters gathered in Denver to light one up at the annual 4/20 rally. Rally permit holder Lopez stated that he hopes the event will spur a new wave of activism in response to any actions taken by the Trump Administration regarding legalization in states and jurisdictions.
In New Hampshire, which is currently considering expanding its medical marijuana program to cover those with chronic pain and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), around sixty supporters of the plant rallied to further legislation in the capital. New Hampshire is the only state in New England that hasn’t passed any legislation that decriminalizes possessing small amounts of marijuana, but a bill that would reduce the sentence for possession is making its way through the state house.
In Ohio, Drug Free Kids gathered to rally for a different reason. High school students wearing purple shirts marched to the state house in Columbus to advocate against recreational drug use, most notably marijuana. One student attendee stated that marijuana was a gateway drug could affect your brain and body ‘in ways you don’t understand.’
Eight states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Twenty states have legalized medical marijuana, and those numbers could increase with new polls showing nationwide support for legalization.