4:20 or 4/20 is a term used in North America as a discreet way to refer to the consumption and/or support of cannabis and, by extension, a way to identify oneself with the drug subculture around cannabis. Phrases such as “420 friendly” sometimes appear in roommate advertisements indicating that the current occupants are tolerant of cannabis users.
Although many diverse theories exist to explain the origin of the term, one central root of the phrase stems from a group of teenagers at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, California in 1971; the teens would meet after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke cannabis at the Louis Pasteur statue. The term became part of their group’s salute, “420 Louis!”, and became popularized in the late 1980s by fans of The Grateful Dead.
Many North American cannabis users continue to observe 4:20 as a time to smoke communally. By extension April 20 (“4/20”) has evolved into a counterculture holiday, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis. In some locations this celebration coincides with Earth Week.
420 is also the title of a comic book series featuring the alternative superhero Captain Cannabis. Noting that “the national weed smoking day is 4/20
As a hemp activist, 4/20 is an ideal day to gather to celebrate & educate others about the benefits of the hemp plant. So wear your hemp shirts, skirts, and shoes … create art about hemp or even better using hemp products….change your social networking photos to a pro hemp image and/or write a post about industrial hemp, link to sites that promote hemp knowledge and industrial hemp products.
Help others Rediscover Hemp this April 20th!
It’s that gift giving time of year again, with all the various holidays around this time of year. Keep hemp products in mind as gifts, that is an easy and fun way to “teach” people about industrial hemp benefits and just what Industrial hemp is and can be. Remember, you don’t have to buy or even make something to give a gift…you can give the gift of knowledge and share what you know about industrial hemp….well..ok, that may not be the best gift giving advice…try to at least write a personal note, share a j, before you start rambling on about the wonders of hemp. 🙂
It’s that season for hemp advocates to network and celebrate with each other for a weekend of activism, music, speeches, comedy, food, craftsmen goods and all the other aspects of a summer festival.
Seattle Hempfest is happening next weekend, August 14th-16th.
Come see how seattle does it!
Just because the #hempweek is ending doesn’t mean the rediscovering and celebration needs to end as well.
Being a contributor to Hemp History Week 2015 I offer this timeline of industrial hemp history
* Download this free time-line of industrial hemp history and use it as a talking point, as a base to your research to verify if the information is accurate, as a reference to milestones and history of Industrial Hempby MaryJanesGirl™
With #hhw15 starting this week ( June 1st) this a great time to Inspire hemp legalization with all the festivals and gatherings happening summer. With both Colorado and Washington state legalizing recreational cannabis , the Hemp discussion is now more prevalent and relevant. It is a real reality, a real option that many people have been advocating for decades and now those people with the help of the “new” advocates that are being found and created now will have a better, stronger chance of reintroducing Industrial Hemp to our farms, our industries, our lifestyle.
To help Inform you I suggest you do some light reading about hemp and it’s varied history. This book: http://www.jackherer.com/thebook/ was a groundbreaking book in it’s day and it’s author Jack Herer is still revered as the godfather of hemp. Good, easy light reading. After you get sense of what hemp is, the benefits of hemp, some of the industrial uses of the hemp plant, then take the next step and share what you learned, Involve others about it:
*tell a friend about hemp while hanging out,
*post a hemp question or fact on a forum and get the discussion going,
*write a letter congress support hemp legalization;http://capwiz.com/votehemp/issues/?style=D
*buy hemp products, like food ( hemp seeds) , clothes( yoga pants), fabric ( shower curtain)
*create art about hemp or using hemp
*wear Hemp clothes, hemp shoes, hemp hat and flaunt it
*change your profile picture to support hemp legalization….
Participate in Hemp History Week 2015! www.hemphistoryweek.com
The new, revised, up to date version of the classic “Hempology 101 textbook” is available for purchase now and the 3rd edition, which is a few years old now, is available to read for free on the website below. I’m not sure how long the 3rd edition will remain there for free but I advise all hemp enthusiasts to take a little time of of your day and read the book, whether your buy the new version or read the older one.
The author, Ted Smith, is very passionate and knowledgeable about hemp and I have been fortunate enough to have listened to several of his lectures a few years back in Canada and he is truly a hemp advocate and a bookworm, a great combination for activism.by MaryJanesGirl™