Thank you, thank you, thank you! It is a grrrreat day, 420. I have 420'd all my appropriate friends today in celebration of this festive holiday..., may it never become a tainted, corrupted 'federal holiday'.
Brings back bad memories. Now the prices are going back up. We have more oil than EVER before and yet the prices are rising.
So this has to do with, the Lucas Brothers . . . .
Today is April 20, known as 420 Day, which is now well-referenced in popular culture as referring to marijuana. Four states and the District of Columbia have passed recreational marijuana legislation. Here's a look at pending legislation in Congress. Share your voice on POPVOX!
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Today is April 20, known as "420 Day", which is now well-referenced in popular culture as referring to marijuana. Even the 2003 California state bill codifying the medical marijuana law voters had approved was named SB 420. While urban legend often points to police code as the origins, Ryan Grim, author of This Is Your Country On Drugs, disagrees. Instead, Ryan was able to trace the roots of 420 to a group of five San Rafael High School friends who coined the term in 1971—when marijuana was very much illegal.
Since then, public perception and public policy around marijuana has changed considerably. In November 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize marijuana use. In 2013, US Attorney General Eric Holder said the US Justice Department is "deferring its right to challenge their legalization laws at this time." And in February 2015, Alaska and the District of Columbia also legalized recreational marijuana use. Oregon passed a similar law via ballot initiative, which goes into effect in July 2015. Additionally, 20 states and Washington, DC have passed laws allowing smoked marijuana to be used for a variety of medical conditions. (Learn more about DC’s marijuana initiative campaign and Congressional review.)
As the Office of National Drug Control Policy points out, "it is important to recognize that these state marijuana laws do not change the fact that using marijuana continues to be an offense under Federal law." However, in 2013, Attorney General Eric Holder in response to state marijuana laws said the US Justice Department is "deferring its right to challenge their legalization laws at this time."
Throughout early American history, marijuana use was legal under both federal and individual state laws. In fact, from 1850 to 1941, cannabis was included in the United States Pharmacopoeia as a recognized medicinal. By the end of 1936, however, all 48 states had enacted laws to regulate marijuana.
The federal government's first attempt to regulate marijuana, the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, made possession or transfer of cannabis illegal throughout the US, but for medical and industrial uses. An excise tax was established for these permitted uses. In 1969, the Supreme Court held the Marijuana Tax Act to be unconstitutional. In 1970, with President Nixon's urging, Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act placing marijuana in Schedule I—the most restrictive of five categories for substances with "no currently accepted medical use"—along with heroin, LSD, peyote and psilocybin (mushrooms). Drugs of abuse with recognized medical uses, including opium, cocaine and amphetamine, were assigned to Schedules II through V based on their potential for abuse. (Source: Congressional Research Service.)
As states take the lead in changing marijuana laws, several bills in Congress have been introduced to regulate marijuana at the federal level: