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Happy 420

I sometimes forget that Drug WarRant has a CafePress store.

One of the items – a wall clock that I made years ago – continues to be one of my favorites. Simple, understated, and yet makes the point. I have it in my place and whenever people come to visit, I get comments.

420_wall_clock

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21 comments to Happy 420

  • GoingDown

    She couldn’t have picked a better day:

    Federal legislation to legalize marijuana will be ready in a year, Canada’s health minister told the UN at a special session of the General Assembly in New York today.

    “We will introduce legislation in spring 2017 that ensures we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals,” Jane Philpott said in her prepared speech to delegates.

    “We will work with law enforcement partners to encourage appropriate and proportionate criminal justice measures. We know it is impossible to arrest our way out of this problem,” she said.

    http://tinyurl.com/gvp7kqx

    • Tony Aroma

      It sounds like arrests will continue until any new laws are passed. After being introduced, the bill(s) will probably be haggled over for some time, and even after passing, they’ll probably take their time working out the regulatory details and dealing with lawsuits before any actual legal sales occur. Which will probably coincidentally happen right around the time of the next election.

  • Duncan20903

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    Emily Dreyfuss of Wired.com asks: Marijuana Memo: Seriously, Guys. Do We Even Need 420 Anymore? My answer is “Yes, now more than ever.”

    Why in the world would we want to give this day back? Did the Revolutionaries give back the 4th of July?

    Do the christians need christmas now that the pagans are out of the picture? Not only that but we still don’t see a problem with the patron saint of prostitutes sneaking into our homes in the dead of the night to ply our children with shiny trinkets and yummy peppermint sticks? Ho Ho Ho indeed.

    Does Gay Pride Day get put back in the closet now that getting gay married is legal?

    Since it has been common knowledge for centuries and centuries that New Years Day was moved to January 1 shouldn’t April Fool’s Day be abandoned?

    Hey, let’s skip Thanksgiving. It’s been centuries since we faced a winter of starvation if the food crops failed.

    The snakes have been gone from Ireland for over a century. Why do people need to drink green beer on St. Patrick’s Day?

    Myself thinks that we’ve established an international holiday. Sure, it’s not approved by the powers that be but I certainly do think that part is absolutely consistent with the culture of the community which is celebrating. We’ve stolen this day fair and square and we’re not going to give it back.

    Adolf Hitler is dead and buried. But at 20 past the hour it’s 4:20 somewhere in the world.

  • Thudworthy

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    Both the House and Senate of the Illinois Legislature have approved a bill decriminalizing the petty possession of cannabis. When I say both I do mean two different albeit similar bills. It’s not anything uncommon. For example the House voted to decriminalize 15 grams, the Senate approved 10. Gov. Raumer vetoed an earlier decrim bill sending it back with changes he wanted to see. Basically it’s just a negotiation over specifics and crossing the Is and dotting the Ts.

    It’s not a particularly interesting decrim law until you get to the part that repeals the State’s zero tolerance DUI-cannabis law and establishes per se limits of 5ng/ml of active THC in the blood or 10 ng/ml in saliva. This is actually the first time I’ve heard of a saliva per se limit. I was aware of the existence of saliva tests but thought that they were limited to pass/fail.

    I’ve never even entertained the notion that the zero intelligence DUI-cannabis laws might be repealed by a State’s Legislature. Who’da thunk it?
    Marijuana decriminalization bill passes state senate

  • Gurney Halleck

    *off topic*

    I really can’t stand that little toad who writes for Vox.com named German Lopez. He does nothing but give credence to and positive coverage of Mark Kleiman’s group. In this article he favorably quotes Kevin Sabet!

    http://www.vox.com/2016/4/20/11447944/marijuana-legalization-of-weed

  • Daniel Williams

    I bought one last time you offered. Still got any of those bumper stickers left?

  • darkcycle

    Happy 4/20. I fully agree, Duncan. The day is ours and I don’t feel like giving it back.
    So, the regressive prison republic of Illinois is going to pass de-crim? Given, it’s not god-awful as Missouri, but it’s hard to believe. I spent time as a kid living in exile….er uh…Quincy, also known as “Little Siberia”. The stoners in my day were cloistered deep, deep underground. This is actually pretty big, considering. Granted there have always been a few progressive spots, like Champagne and Normal, but those were rare, and they didn’t offer much protection.
    My Drugwarrant clock is a finely crafted timepiece in exquisite black and clear plastic. Artfully crafted in the fine Chinese clock maker’s tradition, it features the proper number of hands which move in the conventional fashion and takes no special training to read (prohibitionists and Donald Trump supporters may want to refer to this handy instruction manual: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23341961-what-s-the-time-wilfred-wolf ). I highly recommend the purchase and regular consultation of this clock. If used properly, you can even tell the time. Never miss another important moment.

    • Frank W.

      How’s the snooze button? 4/20 is also the day I saw my first Oregon “talk to your kid about pot” PSA. Couldn’t see the source on the screen but they probably left a snail trail of funding.

  • claygooding

    My 4:20 was a shortened version of my planned trip to OR due to the winter storms and family obligations,,I drove up to Pueblo,CO and purchased enough cannabis to take out to a small rest area I found years ago up on the side of the hills west of Pueblo and leaned back on the hood of my P/U and watched the nearly full moon coming up over the plains east of Pueblo smoking some 27% Animal Cookies that came as close to one toke weed as I have found too date,,awesome walking into a store with a price board like a DQ up behind a line of about 20 strains of cannabis with names as varied as the THC/CBD levels from a 4%THC w/3%CBD up to the 27% I purchased and everything in between.
    When I stopped for gas in Lamar I asked the store clerk if there was a cannabis store in town and a customer told me I would need to go 3 counties west for that. I told him thanks that was where I was headed and started for the door and he asked me to wait one moment so I waited outside until he came out and as we shook hands he passed me a gram bud in a cigarette cellophane that looked dank as hell,,,telling me his friend grew it but it was too strong for his taste but it would prolly get me to Pueblo…it did on two tokes,,one at the edge of town going out and one at LaJuenta.CO took me the 110 miles with 3/4ths of the bud left,,not sure but it tasted sweet as hell with a strawberry after taste and a cough with every toke,,,amazing but not much difference in the buzz from the 27% I purchased and the gifted bud.
    It has doubled my determination in seeing such a dispensary and more good Samaritins in my town in TX

  • Chris

    Job interview means I had a boring 4/20

  • Servetus

    It’s official for 4/20. In an interview with Armed America Radio’s Mark Walters, Lone Star State Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) says the hippies are taking over America!!

    How did those evil, dirty scoundrels manage to do it? They’re hippies, after all. Rep. Gohmert did some ‘splainin’:

    “…a lot of the hippies and the troublemakers from the ‘60s and the early ‘70s” figured out that instead of “blowing up the Pentagon or blowing up police cars,” they could just become teachers.

    This means, he said, “that the socialists that wanted to destroy the country in the ‘60s and ‘70s have figured out you just miseducate the kids and you’re well on your way to taking over the country.”

    All you hippie, pot-smoking teachers out there owe yourselves a pat on the back for overthrowing the federal government, and doing it in such a sneaky way that none of us detected it.

    Congratulations are in fact due to all hipsters and hip websites, including Drug WarRant and Pete, for doing such a fine job of “miseducation”.

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/louie-gohmert-hippies-and-troublemakers-are-taking-over#sthash.ezzzbUcb.dpuf

  • Daniel Williams

    420 Trivia: Many of us know Tuesday was Bicycle Day, a celebration of Albert Hofmann’s first planned LSD trip. Less known is that, according to his written notes, he consumed those 250 micrograms of LSD at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon. Yes, it’s not about pot, per se. But it is about getting high. Very, very high.

    • DdC

      The Origin Of 4/20 Has Finally Been Solved

      Sorry Daniel. 4/20 the Holiday is about pot. Albert took the first hit at 4:20 P.M, on the 19th, so that is the day chosen to celebrate. I’ve never heard of the first date in 1971 when the Waldo’s gathered at 4:20. Regardless the holiday date, came from the time. Acidists celebrate the first trip.

      The Discovery of LSD and Subsequent Investigations
      on Naturally Occurring Hallucinogens

      April 19, 1943: Preparation of an 0.5% aqueous solution of d-lysergic acid diethylamide tartrate.
      4:20 P.M.: 0.5 cc (0.25 mg LSD) ingested orally. The solution is tasteless.
      4:50 P.M.: no trace of any effect.
      5:00 P.M.: slight dizziness, unrest, difficulty in concentration, visual disturbances, marked desire to laugh…

      Albert Hofmann first experienced LSD’s full effects while riding a bicycle in Basel, Switzerland, on April 19, 1943, as commemorated in this blotter-acid art. Psychedelic enthusiasts now commemorate Hofmann’s discovery of LSD’s effects every April 19, a.k.a. “Bicycle Day.

      rye ergot fungus?

      18th century
      Sing a song of sixpence,
      A pocket full of rye.
      Four and twenty blackbirds,
      Baked in a pie.

      4/20@4:20

      CSNY “4+20” 1970
      Four and twenty years ago, I come into this life,
      The son of a woman and a man who lived in strife.
      He was tired of being poor and he wasn’t into selling door to door
      And he worked like the devil to be more.

      My phone prefix is 420

      The real reason you just know it is legit is that they sell “420 Waldos” branded clothing on their website.

      • DdC

        Some early 90s Deadheads said 420 was cop code for a pot bust going down. 6 up was used if a cop was spotted. I think seniors should celebrate 7/14 and bring back Ludes.

        Four Twenty is a Smoking Good Time for Thousands at UC Santa Cruz

        Pot enthusiasts celebrate 4/20 at UC Santa Cruz
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20kQ-WYsp5I

        Cops have heavy presence at UC Santa Cruz 4/20 celebration

        The 4/20 smokeout tradition is not sanctioned by the university, but school administrators usually take a hands-off approach.

        This year’s 4/20 had a different atmosphere as police maintained a high-profile presence.

        Marijuana enthusiasts were not enthusiastic about Wednesday’s increased law enforcement.

        “We’ve increased enforcement this year trying to clamp down on the amount of people who attend.”

        Earlier in the week, UCSC Police Chief Nader Oweis sent a message to the campus community about a DUI checkpoint for 4/20.

        So 99.99% of those attending are usually not a problem.

        But there are always those who just don’t get it…

        One person was arrested for possessing a knife.

        “I think the alcohol rule is stupid,” UC Santa Cruz student Christian Raine Davies said.

        I think the ban on having sex in church is stupid so I don’t go to church. I don’t try to change them or their rules… What part of toking requires a knife or booze? Although since when is carrying a knife illegal?

        On the other hand what super powers deems cops the right to arbitrarily judge if someone looks too stoned to drive? Usiing Visine makes you a better driver? The bus shuttles people to drink at the beach. So they can avoid traffic and keep their drunk driving to the main highways. They could easily shuttle people and get by with a few non uniform staff as with any concert. Overkill and more clinging to old bad habits. Some just don’t know when to quit. Or like any afflicted addicted, can’t afford to give it up.

        In the same somewhat of a Civilization, Dispensaries and Hemp Shops send me the same sales discounts as any other store. Delivery services and self regulating labeling, ID and QA. A car load of out of state college kids driving on an outdated two lane both directions road, shared with farm equipment, trucks and partying tourists. Traffic for miles in that area. Notorious for non patient drivers to dart out into on coming traffic, trying to inch their way closer to the front of the line. I guess since traffic sells more gas they haven’t had time make it a 4 lane divided as it should be.

        Not excusing this new passing fad of college kids on spring break. Doing X, Zohydro and some pot a month ago, that justifies extra militarism at a peaceful 420 gathering. I’m glad to hear this is an isolated incident with college students on spring break. It didn’t apparently include booze that kills far more on adaquate highways and stupid human tricks after dozens of contrived ways to swallow the booze. Or the thousands of white powders legally prescribed to eliminate the pesky 3 million dollars bail. The innocent victim probably wouldn’t have gotten the write up either. Driving the point home how important the cops are and how much they are still needed to prevent what they sorta didn’t prevent this time. Airplane Movie…

        “As a campus we are still processing the very recent horrific car accident on Highway 1 that involved UC Santa Cruz students. This tragedy included marijuana use,” Oweis said.

        CHP Officer Oscar Loza said investigators believe Hernandez veered into oncoming traffic because she was high on marijuana and hydrocodone. Six of the seven women in the Lexus admitted to smoking marijuana, the CHP said.

        Like its a oh btw and hydrocodone.

        California Highway Patrol Officer Grant Boles said “quite and few” drivers were detained for driving while under the influence between 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at the checkpoint. Hundreds of vehicles were screened.

        Meanwhile, up in San Francisco, thousands of people descended on Golden Gate Park to smoke pot during what may be the last year marijuana is illegal in California.

        Is that quiet and few?

        Hydrocodone
        * Do not drink alcohol.
        Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with this medicine.

        * After you have stopped using this medication, flush any unused pills down the toilet
        * This advice applies to a very small number of medicines only.
        The FDA

  • Tony Aroma

    They must have some killer weed in AZ. Literally. I wonder if the author of this article might be stretching the truth just a tad.

    Safe pot? Tell that to the 62 kids who died

    A disturbing number of child deaths resulted from substance use. It was linked to the deaths of 128 of Arizona’s children in 2013. Guess which substance was the most prevalent? Not alcohol, not methamphetamine (although they were close seconds), but marijuana. In 2013, marijuana use was associated with the tragic and needless deaths of 62 children in Arizona.

    Sheila Polk is the Yavapai County Attorney and vice chair of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy.

    • Duncan20903

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      That kind of reminds me of a Florida woman who passed out in her bed after drinking too much booze. When she came too she found that her infant child which had been laying on the same bed had somehow fallen off of the bed, got stuck between the mattress and the wall and died from positional asphyxia. During the investigation the cops found that she had stashed a bag of cannabis in the babies diaper bag. No I’m not making this up, they blamed the reefer. Kase Klosed! Kannabis Kills Kids!

  • Maine Gov. Paul LePage to heroin addicts: Drop dead https://t.co/ipov6pERwh

    “Creating a situation where an addict has a heroin needle in one hand and a shot of naloxone in the other produces a sense of normalcy and security around heroin use that serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction,”

    The man (LePage) does not have a clue about what he is talking about.

    When the object is to spread hate and fear the truth seldom matters. Slander and libel are the objectives.

    • Servetus

      Back in the late Roman period, depending on who was emperor, if a large earthquake occurred, the emperor might respond to the disaster by sacrificing a few Christians. The resident Roman emperor might not actually believe sacrificing Christians would stop the next earthquake, but he knew Roman citizens saw the human sacrifice as doing something about earthquakes.

      That’s what Gov. LePage is doing. He’s sacrificing heroin addicts for what he believes will be political gain. He’s wrong about gaining anything, however, except perhaps a footnote in the annals of human rights crimes.

  • GoingDown

    “But today the [Mexican] president announced he would send legislation to Congress that not only permits the use of marijuana for scientific and medical purposes but increases the amount a person may possess to 28 grams from five.

    The measures are in line with the president’s speech Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem, or UNGASS, in which he spoke in favor of both.

    Today he said the new law would end the criminalization of marijuana consumption and permit the use of medicines made from a base of marijuana and/or its active ingredients. Clinical research into marijuana-based products would also be allowed.

    The law will also free anyone serving jail time or currently on trial for possession of less than 28 grams of marijuana.

    http://tinyurl.com/MexSplifAdvance

  • CJ

    I have been upset about UNGASS for days… one of the past two days I was…. incapacitated by heroin for the entire day, waking up once or twice to use the restroom… I THINK… though I cant really say for sure… I DID FEED MY CAT 3 times though, that I do know… he gets treated better than i treat myself, I promise….

    but I had been so utterly depressed about this completely irrelevant UNGASS… this thing… I remember it like yesterday when they announced it… back then I was on all the sites regularly and it was before Colorado legalized… wasnt it?? The initial announcement… wasnt it?? That one detail I cant seem to recall… the thing I do remember about it all was that at the time it was announced, there seemed to be so much momentum swelling that i really thought it was an extention of the drug reform movement, like it was a balloon being filled with air, about to burst and that UNGASS would be the moment to burst the proverbial balloon..

    But it ended up being nothing. It ended up being “yep its broke, lets break it even more”….

    dude this is BS. And I am at the point now where I dont think that.. well… look the mexican cartels have an army. When the got Chapo this last time they actually called it a FREAKIN’ SIEGE. A SIEGE !!!!!!!!!!! THINK ABOUT THAT!! A SIEGE, TO ARREST A CITIZEN!!!!

    A military…. siege…

    no not a bunch of rambunctious policemen tackling some guy they profiled on the sidewalk but a straight up army military freaking siege.

    DUDE the prohibition policies…. for some of us, NOT ALL OF US, but SOME of us…they almost kill us… The policies that leave us isolated, starving, dude we get spat on by the people, they have used this prohibition to make our fellow man think of us as the lowest most vile most disgusting most useless gutter trash P.O.S that exists, they make people think we deserve all the pain in the world, and the attitude is it doesnt matter if we live or die.. And let me tell you too that the satisfaction in the faces and the tone of voice of the police when they make a drug bust goes WAY BEYONG “doing a job” its a personal very real satisfaction of “this is a type of human being I hate, like a racist hates a race, I hate this drug user, and to arrest this drug user, cause them further pain, torture, etc. gives me pleasure akin to the pleasure they get while using drugs.”

    And I say all these talks about science, about the truth, about prohibition, about history, dude I just think these people who want to do us harm, and they call it a war on drugs, well F it… I would say mobilize and fight back man. Jesus. Like I really would like to rally an army together and fight them back. Drugs… lol… in this war on drugs…. “war” right… like a syringe grew arms and legs and stands at 6 feet tall and handles a machine gun… LOL.. No, a syringe cant do it, a bong cant do it, a pipe cant do it, but you and I can.

    I mean I think that if an organization could start, and thrive, where we actually FOUGHT BACK… how quick would things change… if we started to REALLY fight back… No more protests, no more attending scientific conventions, no more pointless debates getting us nowhere… but really fought back now…

    And if anybody is going to criticize me on this… this prohibition… I do not care how you spin it, is directly responsible for the LIVES of so many of my friends. SO MANY LIVES and FAMILIES RUINED and it is PROHIBITION that is responsible but we cant blame a shapeless boogeyman, the PEOPLE who enforce it are the ones DIRECTLY responsible. And people, like you or me, can be dealt with and I’m angry enough now to say F it.

    Like Ashikaga Takauji when he founded the Muromachi Shogunate or Tokugawa Ieyasu (yawn) or any of the Chinese dynasts, Liu Bang, King Wen, Kublai Khan, Li Yuan, Zhao Kuangyin… the list goes on and on.

    I think its a serious point, maybe its extreme and I do believe in my heart of hearts that no matter what happens, there is absolutely no way prohibition will last forever. But times like these they make me wonder if a different approach is necessary. Im sorry if Ive offended.