Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Spaced, the final frontier
Your friends aren't saying that? It's just mine? Well, whatever.
Four-twenty as a denotation of belonging to the "cannabis subculture" began, according to Wikipedia, with a group of marijuana smokers at San Rafael High School who would meet at 4:20pm.
Since 4/20 is April 20th (in the way the US writes dates), April 20th became a sort of "counterculture holiday."
"Up to 2,000 UC Santa Cruz students celebrated '420' on Friday by smoking marijuana on Porter Meadow as law enforcement officers stood by." - 2007 Santa Cruz Sentinel article
UCSC has some really odd sculpture. Don't get me started on the Increasingly Disgustingly Morbid Dead Goat at Cowell.
But I digress. For those of you who can't imagine it, here is a photo.
So there you have it. April 20 is a marijuana-themed holiday, and as such it is also associated with the legalization movement.
Which is probably why this story ran today in Des Moines, Iowa:
Iowa Medical Group Gives Medical Pot Thumbs Up
Yes, Iowa, folks. The Heartland.
Although Iowa has always been a fairly cool midwestern state.
Wasn't Captain James T Kirk born there?