Monday, April 20, 2009

Well, Looks Like 4/20 is National Pot Smokers Day

I didn't know this. Being older than dirt and farting dust..... But hey - here's some links to make you smile:

April 20 is "National Pot Smoking Day."
by Anthony Papa
Communications specialist for the Drug Policy Alliance and Author of "15 To Life "

April 20 is "National Pot Smoking Day." It's a day where people across the world celebrate in the conspicuous consumption of the magical herb, marijuana. It's an unofficial counterculture holiday that is based on the simple concept of smoking some cannabis and being happy. More here

Norm Stamper - Retired Seattle police chief, member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
...Booze vs. pot. How do the effects of these two drugs stack up against specific health and public safety factors?

Alcohol-related traffic accidents claim approximately 14,000 lives each year, down significantly from 20 or 30 years ago (attributed to improved education and enforcement). Figures for THC-related traffic fatalities are elusive, especially since alcohol is almost always present in the blood as well, and since the numbers of "marijuana-only" traffic fatalities are so small. But evidence from studies, including laboratory simulations, feeds the stereotype that those under the influence of canniboids tend to (1) be more aware of their impaired psychomotor skills, and (2) drive well below the speed limit. Those under the influence of alcohol are much more likely to be clueless or defiant about their condition, and to speed up and drive recklessly.

Hundreds of alcohol overdose deaths occur annually. There has never been a single recorded marijuana OD fatality.

Alcohol contributes to acts of violence; marijuana reduces aggression. In approximately three million cases of reported violent crimes last year, the offender had been drinking. Marijuana use, in and of itself, is absent from both crime reports and the scientific literature. There is simply no link to be made.

Over the past four years I've asked police officers throughout the U.S. (and in Canada) two questions. When's the last time you had to fight someone under the influence of marijuana? More here

Family Guy - Everything Goes Better With a Bag of Weed

Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, routinely plays with the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, now touring as The Dead. He's just finished a Dead show in Washington, D.C. and gets a pop quiz from the Huffington Post.
Where does 420 come from? More here

The 4/20 Quiz - by Miles Klee
Are You High Enough? Take the quiz


  1. Well, I must stick my nose in here, considering all the stats about alcohol use and all, how many of those fatalities actually checked for marijuana in the systems of the drivers/violent crime offenders? I know that if I was in trouble with the law in any way, I would blame it on too much to drink rather than risk a drug charge!!!! So arrest me for being an idiot and having too many beers, drunk and disorderly is a hell of a lot better than "intent to sell"!! The stats are wrong!! Marijuana is an ILLEGAL drug that can lead to more mind altering drug useage. According to the, a non-profit organization "Like tobacco, marijuana contains many chemicals that can hurt the lungs and cause cancer. One marijuana cigarette can cause more damage to the lungs than many tobacco cigarettes because marijuana has more tar in it and is usually smoked without filters( In my opinion, cirrhosis of the liver would be a better bet than emphazima or worse, lung cancer!

  2. Well... I wasn't advocating anything... just reporting.