Happy 420 Day, if You Know What We Mean [Infographic]

4:20 a.m.

420 Magazine

With 4/20 approaching, we’ve published weedblog.com’s infographic on the legalization of pot, and you can stare at it for hours. Pass the Doritos, Mary Jane.

Currently, the federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, which is a real downer for proponents of legalization. (Substances on Schedule 1 are considered to have high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use.)

But opinions differ, as 18 states and D.C. have legalized marijuana for medical use. In the last two weeks, two more states have moved closer to legalizing medical marijuana. In Maryland, a bill awaits Gov. Martin O’Malley’s signature, and in Illinois, the measure will head to the state Senate and then to Gov. Pat Quinn for approval.

In a Lawyers.com poll, 400 respondents answered the question, “Should the federal government legalize marijuana?”: 92% answered “yes, for recreational purposes” (Where is my vacation package to Colorado?) Another 46.3% answered “yes, for medical purposes.” Only 2.5% responded “no.” Which makes us ask, doesn’t expecting the unexpected, make the unexpected become expected?

What? Oh yeah. Some pot supporters refer to Apr. 20 (4/20) as “Marijuana Appreciation Day.” How did 420 come to mean marijuana? Inquiring minds want to know. According to articles in About.com and The Huffington Post, it started in the early 1970s with a group of students at San Rafael High School, outside of San Francisco. They would regularly meet at 4:20 p.m. at different spots to smoke pot. So”420″ became a code word. Likely story, but it sounds good. Eventually, like a pre-Internet meme, it spread around the world.

Check it out, and feel free to share your thoughts on it.


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