4/20 Is Over, and America’s Weed Laws Are Still Racist as Hell

You had your fun. Four-twenty was great: People across the nation smoked, ate, dabbed and vaped themselves into a euphoric stupor, celebrating what started as a low-key blunt session for five California high school friends in 1971 and blossomed into a global holiday.

Maybe you talked politics. Maybe you hit up the McDonald’s all-day breakfast menu. Maybe you were lucky enough to see the Cannabis Cup in Denver, which housed such a staggering array of products it made you forget it was also Hitler’s birthday. But one thing you didn’t do — unless you were in Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alaska or D.C. — was consume recreational marijuana legally. And that raises a much more serious dilemma.

Despite increases in social and legal opposition, America’s weed laws are still racist as hell…

WTF is 4/20?

  • jayme

    Part of the my issue with pot heads is they want no laws if a kid wants to get high at school let them that’s just one example.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      Sez who? Sez you?

      • jayme

        Go to any left leaning messege board.

    • I’ve been a tax paying, pot smoking, productive citizen for over 45 years.

      Since the 1960’s the statistics have held about the same. A majority of the population have tried pot. (Including all recent presidents.) Only about 10% who try it, continue to use it on a regular basis.

      I don’t like alcohol. I have about one beer a year. But I am one of the 10%.

      Get over it. Some people like red cars and some like blue ones. Some people like pot and some alcohol.

      America’s drug war is nothing but an inter-generational spanking to the baby boomers who shut down the Vietnam war. When the Vietnam war was on, I was fed pot on the base I served on. When the Vietnam war was finally ended, the war on drugs started.

      The war on drugs has been America’s longest and most failed war. It has cost literally trillions of dollars.

      It is responsible for the miserable state of race relations.

      Having men with guns (the police) do piss poor social work (the drug war) simply does not work.

      And the drug warriors never give up. I want to vomit on them.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Marijuana is not the real drug war.
        And neither is alcohol.
        I have relatives who have fucked up their lives on heroin or cocaine.
        Or whatever they could get.
        There used to be a big blue book on our coffee table when I was a kid.
        It was a pharmaceutical dictionary.
        Years later, I put that together with the syringes I found under the seat of my Dad’s truck.
        The book was for trying to figure out the effects of whatever he scored.
        He was a high functioning drug addict for many years.
        I remember his stories about Demerol and acid.
        Word to the wise guy.
        Thank God William S, Burroughs wrote The Naked Lunch..

  • Xavier

    Frau, the story goes that a choom gang would meet every day at 4:20 to partake. That led to the 4/20 yearly event. It’s also Hitler’s birthday so take your choice.

    4/20: National Weed Day
    4/21: National Drug Test Day
    4/22: National File For Unemployment Benefits Day

    • Frau Katze

      Thanks for the info.

  • Hard Little Machine

    His examples have sampling bias. Chicago and DC are MOSTLY black so the majority of people being arrested are black.

  • WalterBannon

    420 is code for smoking dope