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April 20, 2012

Happy 420!!


"Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere." ~George Washington

While it is also Hitler's Birthday, the 2 year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the 13 year anniversary of the Columbine massacre (to name a few),  many people all over the world celebrate today as the counterculture holiday in celebration of cannabis/hemp/marijuana.  It's national Weed Day! But why?

How did "420" come about?  Many believe it has some association to police code for possession, but that is not the case.  Turns out, the term originated with a group of teenagers in San Rafael, CA that met after school at 4:20 pm to smoke pot.  How could these teenagers' meeting time become synonymous with the cannabis culture?  High Times Magazine claims to have catalyzed the spread.

So whether or not you partake in the 4/20 festivities, think about all the bad things that have happened on 4/20 and realize that cannabis use should be the least of our worries.  It is time to end this ridiculous war on drugs, especially as it applies to marijuana.  And to that end, enjoy some more quotes on related to the prohibition on cannabis:

"Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could." ~William F. Buckley Jr.

"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this." ~Albert Einstein

"If the words "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on." ~Terence McKenna

"Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marihuana in private for personal use... Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marihuana." ~Jimmy Carter

"When you return to this mundane sphere from your visionary world, you would seem to leave a Neapolitan spring for a Lapland winter - to quit paradise for earth - heaven for hell! Taste the hashish, guest of mine - taste the hashish!" ~Alexander Dumas

"When a private enterprise fails, it is closed down; when a government enterprise fails, it is expanded. Isn’t that exactly what’s been happening with drugs?" ~Milton Friedman

"It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics . . . dope and all that crap. It's a thousand times better than whiskey - it's an assistant - a friend." ~Louis Armstrong

"I used to smoke marijuana. But I'll tell you something: I would only smoke it in the late evening. Oh, occasionally the early evening, but usually the late evening - or the mid-evening. Just the early evening, mid-evening and late evening. Occasionally, early afternoon, early mid-afternoon, or perhaps the late-mid-afternoon. Oh, sometimes the early-mid-late-early morning. . . . ...But never at dusk." ~Steve Martin

"That is not a drug. It’s a leaf." ~Arnold Schwarzenegger

"Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country." ~Thomas Jefferson

"When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it, and I didn't inhale, and I never tried again." ~Bill Clinton

"I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?"~ Willie Nelson

"We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption." ~John Adams

"Congress should definitely consider decriminalizing possession of marijuana….We should concentrate on prosecuting the rapists and burglars who are a menace to society." ~Dan Quayle

"There's been no top authority saying what marijuana does to you. I really don't know that much about it. I tried it once but it didn't do anything to me." ~John Wayne

"The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world." ~Carl Sagan

"I think pot should be legal. I don't smoke it, but I like the smell of it." ~Andy Warhol 

"When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself." ~Bob Marley

"I enjoy smoking cannabis and see no harm in it." ~Jennifer Aniston

"If John Lennon is deported, I'm leaving too...with my musicians..and my marijuana."~Art Garfunkel

"Forty million Americans smoked marijuana; the only ones who didn't like it were Judge Ginsberg, Clarence Thomas and Bill Clinton." ~Jay Leno

"Marijuana is self-punishing. It makes you acutely sensitive, and in this world, what worse punishment could there be?" ~P.J. O'Rourke

"Instead of taking five or six of the prescriptions, I decided to go a natural route and smoke marijuana." ~Melissa Etheridge

"The biggest killer on the planet is stress and I still think the best medicine is and always has been cannabis." ~Willie Nelson

"If you substitute marijuana for tobacco and alcohol, you’ll add eight to 24 years to your life." ~Jack Herer, the Hemperor

"Marijuana saved my life. I have no doubts about it and you don’t need to show me any data." ~Greg Scott


"Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?" ~Henry Ford

"Being high is one of the most pleasant sensations available to mankind. Every day is Saturday. It is to be like a child; to perceive events with clarity; to look into the gates of paradise; to completely enjoy whatever you might be doing; to smile so hard that your jaw muscles get tired. Being high is to laugh at the silliest things; to understand things that have seemed absurd before; to have the aloofness of a cat; to afford a kinship with god. To be intoxicated with marijuana makes every superlative seem within your grasp. Being high makes life seem terribly good. Being high is simply grand." ~John Rosevear

"When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point." ~Barack Obama

"Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating." ~Richard Neville