420 , The international cannabis day
Both marijuana smokers and non-smokers recognize 420 as the national holiday for cannabis culture on the 20th of April. A worldwide phenomene.
420 refers to a story of a group of Californian teenagers ritualistically smoked marijuana every day at 4:20 pm. The ritual spread, and soon 420 became code for smoking marijuana.
420 became as well the code among police officers for “marijuana smoking in progress.”
But 20th of April is the date that militants were protesting, celebrate and consume cannabis.
Since the 1970s, the events had a more political nature, advocating for the decriminalization of non-medical cannabis and thriving for legalization. And using this day to protest broader national and international political problems.
But as marijuana legalization is growing in many different states in the US and in more countries around the world, the festivities are becoming more mainstream and commercialized.
Will 420 keep its counterculture symbol?
As a result of a fast-growing business to grow and to sell cannabis products freely, marijuana is losing its status as a counterculture symbol. So maybe the 420 symbol has a lower alternative cultural effect as well.
The celebration goes on during the pandemic
The celebration of the international cannabis day is going to be a little different this year as the world copes with the covid-19 pandemic and we should all avoid public gatherings and respect the social distancing measures.
But celebrations will be happing. Lots of organization have announced their virtual events where individuals can listen to live musical performances and follow webinars about the reform plans while enjoying cannabis from their own homes.