This 4/20 Let’s Make Sure Not to Forget About the World’s Marijuana POWs

It’s 4/20, marijuana’s unofficial worldwide holiday! It’s a time to celebrate the plant, especially for those in areas where it’s legal. But amidst the fun, let’s not forget about those still suffering from the longstanding war on marijuana.

Despite marijuana reform hitting like a tsunami across the world (Uruguay has legalized, Canada is close, etc.) and the U.S. (it’s now legal recreationally in nine states), there remains thousands of people currently imprisoned simply for possessing marijuana. Even in states where it’s currently legal, many sit in prison this 4/20, away from their family and friends, all for breaking an unjust law that’s no longer in place.

Hundreds of thousands of people are arrested each year in the U.S. for marijuana prohibition, and although some get off without jail time, many aren’t as lucky. In some cases they’re sentenced to numerous years in prison. We must regularly take the time (and especially so on 4/20) to really breath in just how absurd and ugly this situation is; people are having  years of their lives wasted away all for using/possessing a nonlethal plant – a plant that’s now legal in many places.

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Legal Marijuana Sales Exceeded $45 Million on April 20 (4/20)

There was over $45 million in legal marijuana sold on April 20 (4/20), the unofficial cannabis holiday, according to a new report.

MJ Freeway, a leading provider of seed-to-sale tracking for the cannabis industry, reports that cannabis retail sales for April 20 exceeded $45 million, a 20% increase compared to the 2016 holiday.

Prior to 4/20, MJ Freeway predicted a 20% increase in retail cannabis sales and a 10% increase in customer traffic. MJ Freeway’s predictions and reports are based on sales data figures compiled through analysis of their majority cannabis retail market share.

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Free Marijuana for 4/20: Activist Plan Congressional Smoke-In & Free Cannabis Giveaway in D.C.

Activists are hosting a cannabis smoke-in and free cannabis giveaway in D.C. for April 20.

On Thursday, April 20th (4/20), DCMJ, the advocacy and educational organization that spearheaded Initiative 71, which legalized cannabis in the District of Columbia, will lead the 1st Annual Congressional #JointSession—a free cannabis giveaway—for members of Congress, Congressional staffers, credentialed journalists, support staff, interns, and 21-or-older Capitol Hill workers with valid Congressional identification.

Organized by DCMJ, DC residents will lawfully give away at least 1,000 free cannabis legally home-grown joints, and call on Speaker Ryan and Congress to reauthorize the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment, which prohibits the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency from using funds to step in or interfere with DC and state medical cannabis laws. The measure expires April 28, 2017. To date, the amendment has protected nearly two-thirds of country from federal legal intervention. However, the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment must be approved by Congress every year in the federal budget. Additionally, DCMJ will also call on Speaker Ryan and Congress to remove the DC budget rider that prevents the DC government from regulating adult-use stores and cafes.

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What is the Meaning of 420?

The number 420, the date 4/20, and the time 4:20 have all become symbols of the cannabis culture. But what is the meaning of 420? And what is its origin?

meaning of 420In the marijuana community, April 20th, or 4/20, is the unofficial cannabis holiday. For a lot of daily cannabis consumers,  4:20pm (and for some, am) is a daily cannabis session that occurs at 4:20pm. Because of this, “420” has become simple shorthand for the act of smoking cannabis, or even as a slang for cannabis itself. But where did this seemingly random number, date and time come from, and how did it become such an integral part of the cannabis community?

As pointed out by Herb.co; “There was a group of 5 San Rafael high school students who called themselves the “Waldo’s”. The nickname came from their favorite hangout spot, a wall nearby the high school.” The Waldo’s heard of a marijuana crop that was hidden near the San Reyes peninsula, and agreed to meet at a statue of Louis Pasteur near the school to seek cannabis. The group “would meet week after week in the same spot at the same time, they would pile into their car and smoke joint after joint on their way to search for the mystical marijuana crop.”

The group would initially used the term “420-Louis” as their code to schedule a meeting; they eventually dropped the “Louis” moniker and started using simply “420”.

“I could say to one of my friends, I’d go; ‘420,’ and it was telepathic”, says Steve Capper, an original Waldo. “He would know if I was saying, ‘Hey, do you wanna go smoke some?’ Or, ‘Do you have any?’ Or, ‘Are you stoned right now?’ It was kind of telepathic just from the way you said it”.

From then on, the term and its use grew within the cannabis community. Decades later, it’s synonymous with the culture.

So, this 4/20, make sure to take a toke for the Waldo’s.

Over $37 Million in Legal Cannabis Sold on 4/20 in the U.S.

money2There was $37.5 million spent on the legal purchase of cannabis and cannabis products on April 20 this year, a roughly 30% increase from April 20 of last year. April 20 (4/20), of course, is the unofficial cannabis holiday, celebrated by cannabis consumers and supporters worldwide.

According to MJ Freeway, which tracks the legal cannabis industry in the United States, the sales figures were compiled through an analysis of 40% of the cannabis retail market.

“As the leading provider of cannabis software solutions, MJ Freeway has the largest and most representative retail data in the cannabis industry”, says Jessica Billingsley, MJ Freeway’s COO. “We have an unmatched vantage point from which to view trends and changes in the industry.. This data is a powerful tool for understanding real-time cannabis industry changes and for predicting future trends.”

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Happy 4/20!

We420day at TheJointBlog would like to tell all of our readers – and anyone else who may have stumbled upon this article – Happy 4/20!

This 4/20, we encourage you to keep a few things in mind:

Progress!

Huge advancements in the cause to end cannabis prohibition have been made since the last 4/20. These advancements not only include two states – Alaska and Oregon – legalizing recreational cannabis through voter-approved initiatives, it also includes the nation’s capital legalizing cannabis, and several states legalizing cannabis for medical purposes.

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Sign Bill Maher’s Petition to Congress to Recognize 4/20 as a National Holiday

Comedian420 Bill Maher on the April 17th episode of his HBO show Real Time with (who else but) Bill Maher called on the government to recognize 4/20 as an official holiday.

Maher has setup a petition on Change.org, titled Make 4/20 a National Holiday, which has over 11,000 signatures in just two days.

Every signature sends the following letter to every member of U.S. Congress:

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5 Reasons to Celebrate this 4/20

With 4/20 upon us, cannabis consumers around the world are celebrating their holiday. Beyond simply being 4/20, here’s 10 reasons cannabis reform advocates should celebratecannabisthc today, enjoying the incredible progress that’s been made in recent months.

  • Voters in Alaska will have the opportunity this August to legalize cannabis through a statewide initiative. The measure would legalize the possession of up to an ounce, the private cultivation of up to 6 plants, and state-licensed sales of cannabis, and would do so through a constitutional amendment, similar to Colorado’s Amendment 64