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Watch your kids on 4/20

Original post made by FYI, Terman Middle School, on Apr 18, 2008

Parents, ask your kids if they know why 4/20 is a special day and if you see a look of fear or suprise before they say, "no, why?" then they probably because they know it's World Pot Smoker Day, or whatever they're calling it now. That would be your cue for a little talk. Word is spreading, some as young as middle school are making "plans" for this Sunday. Keep your eyes and ears and nose open..... brownies, anyone?

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Posted by Annie
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Apr 19, 2008 at 7:16 am

April 20th has a lot more sinister connection than just celebrating World Pot Smoker Day, it is "Hitler's Birthday" which some groups like to choose to celebrate including I suppose pot smokers. How do I know this, it's my B-Day too.

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Posted by Jane
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 19, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Hitler is gone but unfortunately pot is still with us< it is particularly damaging to the developing brain

Remember the brain is not fully developed until around 22yrs of age

25% of cannabis users faces a tenfold higher risk of mental illness

Jenny Hope, the medical correspondent in the British Newspaper "The Daily Mail", reported today on research which suggests that 1 in 4 cannabis users faces a tenfold higher risk of mental illness due to their genetic profile.

The researchers, led by Professor Avshalom Caspi of the Institute of Psychiatry in London, will publish their study in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

They investigated whether susceptibility to psychosis triggered by cannabis could be linked with a particular gene, known as COMT, which makes people more prone to schizophrenia.

COMT is involved in the breakdown of dopamine in the brain, and has two variants, or alleles, called val and met.

The val allele has been linked with the risk of schizophrenia.

Research showed that those with two forms of the val allele were 10.9 times more likely to develop psychosis following cannabis use.

Source: The British Medical Journal Daily Health Alerts

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Posted by ol' lady
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 20, 2008 at 12:04 pm

As always, it is a question of which came first, the cart or the horse.

Perhaps the genetics of an individual nudges him to choose the risky behavior of smoking pot in the first place?

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Posted by pat
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 20, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Millions of Americans will celebrate 4/20 as a marijuana-related holiday whose origin I don't understand at all. Others will remark grimly that it is Hitler's birthday.

But you might also want to note the anniversary of an important piece of anti-terrorism legislation, the Ku Klux Klan Act, passed by the Republican 42nd Congress in 1871 and signed by President Grant.

The law, which banned the Klan, was overturned by the Supreme Court over a decade later.

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Posted by Oy
a resident of Meadow Park
on Apr 20, 2008 at 3:07 pm

420 (cannabis culture)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

4:20 or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) is a term used in North America as a discreet way to refer to the consumption of cannabis and, by extension, a way to identify oneself with the drug subculture around cannabis. Phrases such as "420 friendly" sometimes appear in roommate advertisements, indicating that the current occupants are tolerant of cannabis users.

Origins and observances

Although many diverse theories exist to explain the origin of the term, one central root of the phrase stems from a group of teenagers at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, California in 1971; the teens would meet after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke cannabis at the Louis Pasteur statue. The term became part of their group's salute, "420 Louis!", and became popularized in the late 1980s by fans of The Grateful Dead. Many North American cannabis users continue to observe 4:20 as a time to smoke communally. By extension April 20 ("4/20" in U.S. dating shorthand) has evolved into a counterculture holiday, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis. In some locations this celebration coincides with Earth Week.

References in popular culture

* 420 is the title of a comic book series featuring the alternative superhero Captain Cannabis.
* Noting that "the national weed smoking day is 4/20," rapper Method Man named his 2006 album 4:21...The Day After.
* In 1975 rock band Styx released a song entitled "Light Up" that is an ode to smoking marijuana, including the following lyrics:

"All I need is just one hit to get me by
cause baby when you're near I'm halfway high"

The song is 4 minutes and 20 seconds long (4:20).

* California's implementation of its medical marijuana law (Prop 215) did not protect patients from arrest. A new law to address vague provisions in Prop 215 was named SB 420.

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Posted by ex 420
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 6, 2008 at 11:46 am

Wikipedia as a reference for truth is like reading the comments after news articles in any paper in this country. Some worse than others. It's more about people bullying (verbally) each other to entrench perceptions of their so called reality. 420 did not come about as any conspiracy linked to the Nazi's nor earth day.

The simple fact is that starting in the sixty's as more and more Americans have increasingly regarded smoking cannabis on a par with drinking a beer or a cocktail after work or school, by the time they sat down and relaxed, the clock would read 4:20. Time and time again. Universal. Think of the term "beer thirty" and then realize that without digital clocks this would probably have never happened.

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