Happy 4/20

Today is April 20, AKA 4/20, AKA Stoner Christmas. Across the United States, Americans of all colors and creeds are going to consume marijuana. I'd like to wish a Happy 4/20 to all you heads out there, and a special 4/20 to D.C.'s once and former heads. There are a lot of you in this town

"This is a town where I could probably kill 200 major careers if I wanted to be a complete prick," says Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), which is headquartered on K Street. "Politicians, members of Congress and the Senate, many of their principals—legislative directors, chiefs of staff, communications directors—people in the private sector, Cato Institute, American Enterprise Institute, Brookings, police, any number of notable journalists from television, print, radio, many brand names most Americans would recognize pretty quickly—I've smoked with all of them. There is more smoke in DC closets than there is sex."

St. Pierre's claim holds true for many D.C. smokers. I once shared a joint with a House staffer whose boss had recently proposed a piece of drug war legislation and an aide to a GOP presidential candidate; worked with a guy who bought his weed from the son of a congressman; and shared a bowl with a Democratic speechwriter. 

All of them were successful, intelligent, hard-working people, and I enjoyed their company immensely. I also felt a little sorry for them, because they're cowards. They all thought pot should be legal, but none of them has ever used his/her bonafides to make an impact.  

But I don't feel that bad for them, because there are worse things than living a lie, such as living incarcerated, losing your kids, losing your pets, having your belongings seized by the state, growing up without a dad or a mom, having to get piss-tested weeky to stay "free," and getting to see people you love only through plexiglas, watching them shrink in their shackles. Those things are much worse, in every measurable way, than being a hypocrite.   

The good news is that Americans who have suffered the consequences of the drug war don't need D.C.'s closet heads—or back-to-back pot-smoking presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama—to lead the charge. 

Here, let's look back to April 4/20 Eve, 1995, when DEA Director Thomas A. Constantine attacked ABC News for its special, "America’s War on Drugs: Searching for Solutions": 

American life in many communities no longer resembles the quiet peace of our childhoods. Drugs have degraded the quality of life so many of us have worked so hard to improve. Yet despite my ability to understand, and despite years of work to eradicate crime, violence and drugs, I am baffled by the cyclical calls for the legalization of drugs according to proponents, the answer to our problems. The latest entry in the legalization debate was the irresponsible and inaccurate special America’s War on Drugs: Searching for Solutions” aired on ABC recently, which pretended to be an objective look at alternatives to our current drug policies.

What ABC did not take into account was that the overwhelming majority of Americans are unequivocally opposed to legalizing drugs. They understand that many crimes are committed by people using drugs not to support their habit, but because drugs exacerbate the user’s criminal nature. 

Today, a majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana, legalization ballot initiatives in Washington and Colorado are polling favorably, and more than a dozen states and Washington, D.C. have legalized medical marijuana. While too many Americans still start their day to the sounds of flack-jacketed thugs breaking down their doors, the tide is turning, and God willing, it'll eventually crush Pharaoh and his army. 

Happy 4/20

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  • Pro Libertate||

    So, the big marijuana day is the same day Hitler was born? What message are you people trying to send?

  • ||

    Also, the anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

  • Mongo||

    It's also Bicycle Day.

  • samebob||

    and marge simpsons birthday.

  • juris imprudent||

    Gotta figure the 4/20 crowd knew about that.

  • deified||

    No, Bicycle Day is April 19th.

    Also, we really shouldn't celebrate 4/20. It was started by a bunch of high school kids who used to smoke around the flagpole at around the same time as high tea.

    If we're going to win this, we need a strategy of "no cannabis for the kiddies." Sure, they grew up to be investment advisors but, still, fuck you, that's why!

  • John Tagliaferro||

    The organic movement has a long history.

  • ||

    And Oliver Cromwell dissolved the Rump Parliament on this day! Have some fucking respect!

  • Butthead||

    huhhuhuhhuhuhuhhuhhuhuh... he said rump...

  • ||

    Every day is a tragic day in someone's history. And for some people, every day is 4/20.

  • Fat Man & Little Boy||

    We strive for the latter.

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    If you use drugs and are a vegetarian you become a Hitler.

  • Zeb||

    I think it has to be speed.

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    I think you're right. Reading after I posted I think MJ and vegetarianism just makes you a dirty hippy.

  • mr simple||

    This is not the recognition of the Columbine shooting I was expecting.

  • mr simple||

    I didn't realize it was also the 2 year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

  • Bingo||

    Jesus, has anything good ever happened on 4/20? No wonder people prefer to spend the day stoned.

  • Pro Libertate||

    There's Mr. Sulu.

  • Amakudari||

  • Doctor Whom||

    It's Tax Freedom Day where I live.

  • ||

    "My fellow Earthicans, we enjoy so much freedom, it's almost sickening. We're free to choose which hand our sex-monitoring chip is implanted in. And if we don't want to pay our taxes, why, we're free to spend a weekend with the Pain Monster!"

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    It's my Mom's birthday.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Not to mention Bay of Pigs.

  • silent v||

    Would smoking dope really end your career at Cato?

  • Loki||

    I was wondering the same thing. Seems like it would enhance your libertarian street cred.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Open up man, it's Dave.

  • sarcasmic||

    Dave's not here, man.

  • Fat Man & Little Boy||

    Lardass?

  • fish||

    and who could forget 4/20 is only 3 days before 4/23 when on 4/23 in 1014 there occurred the Battle of Clontarf: Brian Boru defeats Viking invaders, but is killed in battle.

  • ||

    I'll light a candle for him.

  • Randian||

    Ha ha, DCers and their groupies are getting high while people in Mexico and the United States are getting shot in the face.

    Hilarious!

    Riggs, you accidentally encapsulated the precise reasons why I hate hate hate Washington D.C.

  • Mike Riggs||

    That wasn't an accident.

  • Randian||

    A man of my own mind: ヽ(^o^)丿

  • o3||

    hemp should be legal regardless of its eevil relatives. very hearty & useful in many ways.

  • βίγκαν σκύλο||

    hemp all plants should be legal regardless of its eevil relatives

    FIFY

  • wareagle||

    good grief....it's always prohibition or alcoholism with these people. No possible way that someone could reasonably use a narcotic. And the worst of it is that, in many states, the chief trafficker in (arguably) the most dangerous thing going - alcohol - is the state itself.

  • Tim||

    I think it was PJ O'Rourke that said if you substitute "blacks" for drugs in any Government press release you get to the truth about the drug war pretty fast.

    "What ABC did not take into account was that the overwhelming majority of Americans are unequivocally opposed to blacks. They understand that many crimes are committed by blacks using drugs not to support their habit, but because drugs exacerbate the user’s criminal nature. "

  • John Tagliaferro||

    Today is April 20, AKA 4/20, AKA Stoner Christmas Festivus.

    FIFY

  • Paul.||

    All of them were successful, intelligent, hard-working people

    You're talking about DC insiders here, Riggs...

  • Loki||

    He probably means intelligent by DC standards, which is clinically retarded by the rest of the country's standards.

  • ||

    Yeah but who are the retards that vote these retards and their retarded staffs into office? Retards that are more retarded than the elected retards, is who.

  • ||

    It's retards all the way down.

  • Paul.||

    Actually it's retards all the way up... but yeah...

  • The Unknown Pundit||

    And we went full retard a long time ago. You're never supposed to go full retard.

  • R C Dean||

    I think he probably meant "glib" or "clever", which is not the same thing at all as "intelligent."

  • Zeb||

    I think we are confusing intelligence with good sense or morality here. You do have to be smart to come up with much of the bullshit that comes from DC.

  • Paul.||

    If they're smoking dope with Mike Riggs, they clearly lack good sense or morality.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Can't post link but easy enough to google if you want to read the article.

    Foul-smelling fish fertilizer of the sort CU-Boulder applied this morning to Norlin Quad, which has been closed as part of a plan to shrink the annual 4/20 event on campus, is a favorite of marijuana growers.

  • o3||

    i had some renters beside me who sold drugs & usually hung-out on the front porch talking loudly to whomever drove by. so i went to the local fish market who gave me a shovelful of fishguts in a garbage bag. once it fermented in the sun a few days, i untied it & tossed the chum under their porch early one morning. the stench was unbelievable & believe it or not, they moved-out just a week later.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    That was a very Team Red thing to do, o3.

  • Loki||

    WTF? Now it won't let me post a comment with an embedded link. Fucking squirrels. I'd rather put up with occasional annoying anono-bot than this shit (still glad that the resident grief-whore is gone, though).

  • ||

    It's the grief whore that these measures are for, not anonymity-bot. She's still trying. How's that for obsessive stalking?

  • Formerly Almanian||

    Dude! That makes a lot of sense when you think about it! LOL!

    www.Anon-o-Bot.de/botsrule

  • Formerly Almanian||

    Now we see the squirrels inherent in the Agri[CULTUR]al city {STATE]. Hurr [DURR] hurr.

    Fibbertardians.

    /Whyte Injun

  • Hugh Akston||

    reason clearly subscribes to the Apple school of software development: Every step forward in user interface must be accompanied by at least three steps backward.

  • Formerly Almanian||

    DUDE! I'm soooooooo wasted!!

  • ||

    Dude! That was my skull!

  • Killazontherun||

    Reminds me of my favorite truism.

    Birds gotta fly, skulls gotta be fucked.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Birds are assholes.

  • Killazontherun||

    All of them were successful, intelligent, hard-working people, and I enjoyed their company immensely.

    See what the MJ has done to your brain, Mike. It has made you loco. Makes you think that you are living amongst hard working, intelligent, decent and amiable folk at the nadir of America's City of Assholes.

  • Zeb||

    It is possible to work hard, even if what you are working at is stupid or harmful. I have no doubt that many DC insiders do in fact work hard. It might be better if they didn't (or did something else), but that shit doesn't do itself.

  • ||

    St. Pierre's claim holds true for many D.C. smokers. I once shared a joint with a House staffer whose boss had recently proposed a piece of drug war legislation and an aide to a GOP presidential candidate; worked with a guy who bought his weed from the son of a congressman; and shared a bowl with a Democratic speechwriter.

    Wow I really am naive.

    Even though i think keeping pot illegal is immoral and unjust i always thought the general perception that mostly dumb poor poeple smoked pot and smart rich people did not, obviously with exceptions, held true.

    My perception has been blown.

  • Hugh Akston||

    No no no, joshua, people from all walks of life smoke pot, it's only the laws that are for the dumb poor people.

  • ||

    Jeppers creepers, man! Who are you hanging out with?

    I would say about 90% of my friends at one time were, or currently are, regular pot users. We're talking executives, entrepreneurs (the legit kind!), doctors, lawyers (too many lawyers!), IT geeks, politicos, journalists, stock brokers. All of 'em. And I'm not saying they "tried it in college" - they all used regularly at one time or another.

  • Zeb||

    If you could somehow convince all of the successful, smart and "respectable" people who smoke to admit it all at once, I bet pot woudl be legal in a month.

  • Reformed Republican||

    I also felt a little sorry for them, because they're cowards.

    That does not make me feel sorry for them, that makes me feel contempt.

  • R C Dean||

    All this chit-chat about how the Master Class sees themselves as above the law has given me a new idea for a Constitutional Amendment:

    No law shall go into effect until it has first been applied to Congress and the Executive for at least six months, and is then approved a second time by Congress and signed a second time by the President.

    So, want OCare? Fine. Live with it yourselves for six months, then pass it again. Assholes.

    Love you some ADA requirements? No problem. Rebuild your offices and the Capitol, get yer "reasonable accomodation" and nondiscrimination policies in order, and we'll talk.

  • Killazontherun||

    I see a problem when the Free Pizza and Beer amendment comes up a few hours after the Free Pot one.

  • Gladstone||

    So once pot is legal is smoking it and advertising it going to be illegal?

  • The Unknown Pundit||

    So once pot is legal is smoking it and advertising it going to be illegal?

    Well, you can certainly smoke the pot, as long as you have its permission. Not sure on the advertising though....

  • juris imprudent||

    The best post-script would be that Thomas A. Constantine is undergoing chemo and would benefit greatly from the substance he so abhors.

  • Killazontherun||

    What, wait, the senior economist to the Atlanta Fed says there is steep price inflation in our economy? I've been assured by the most indubitable sources that only right wing lunatics think that; surely, one of those cads infiltrated our most sacred institution.

    http://macroblog.typepad.com/m.....ation.html

    [Last] Friday's retail price report for March revealed that prices rose 3.5 percent from February and averaged 3.7 percent (annualized) over the first three months of the year. I think it's pretty clear we have seen an "increase in the overall level of prices in the economy" this year.

  • fish||

    [Last] Friday's retail price report for March revealed that prices rose 3.5 percent from February and averaged 3.7 percent (annualized) over the first three months of the year.

    Paul Krugman is fully turgid after hearing this news.

  • Alice Bowie||

    What a Great DAY !!!

  • Alice Bowie||

    !!! !!! !!! !!! !!! !!! !!! !!!
    KEEP DOPE ALIVE
    !!! !!! !!! !!! !!! !!! !!! !!!

  • SKR||

    I hear they are arresting people at UC Boulder right now, from a friend who is a professor there. They closed down the quad and soaked it with fish emulsion to keep 4/20 protestors from assembling.

  • Ralph Wylie||

    It's NOT a Happy 4/20 as long as cannabis is treated the same a Schedule A drugs like Heroin, Morphine, LSD and Methamphetamine...........and the lyin' sack of shit Obama is in office.

  • SIV||

    What's wrong with Heroin, Morphine, LSD and meth? Marijuana goes quite well with the first three.

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