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NORML’s 2012 4/20 Salutations and Celebrations

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director April 20, 2012

    Celebrate 4/20 and End Marijuana Prohibition

    Dear NORML Supporters from far and wide,

    [Update: Today's media coverage of '4/20' is both wide and extensive: The otherwise staid and anti-cannabis Washington Post has 4/20 entertainment recommendations for the DC area; the Wall Street Journal, the newspaper of record for business and finance, has a well written piece on the growing cultural and commercial acceptance of 4/20; Politico gives a nod to 4/20 by citing examples of what pols say about pot; the University of Colorado is trying to stop a traditional 4/20 'smoke out' by wasting funding on fencing, fish fertilizer strewn across the campus and an alternative concert featuring Wyclef Jean (who has been told by university officials that he can't mention 'marijuana' or '4/20') and the city of Austin is honoring America's most beloved cannabis consumer and advocate Willie Nelson @ 4:20 today by unveiling a new 'Willie Nelson' statue in the downtown area. Lastly, the Huffington Post informs readers today about 4/20 and their #1 suggestion on how to change America's cannabis laws: "Stand with NORML!" ]

    Despite nearly three quarters of a century of government-imposed Cannabis Prohibition, it is, again, that oh so magical day that cannabis consumers celebrate … and prohibitionists loathe:

    April 20

    A day (and a time of day) that signifies the ever increasing cultural and commercial acceptance in America (and internationally) of millions of consumers’ and medical patients’ want and need for Cannabis Prohibition to end.

    As in the previous twenty years, there is a fast growing acknowledgement that on April 20 … all things in America are cannabis-related in that major newspapers like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times now provide major coverage to this day’s significance; radio networks like National Public Radio deign to point their mics toward the issue of Cannabis Prohibition; and even major TV networks such as G4, SpikeTV, Comedy Central and Showtime will all devote blocks of time to ’4/20′ programming with the rebroadcast of ‘stoner movies’, comedy specials and documentaries.

    Can you just imagine what the good folk at the DEA and the Drug Czar’s office think of this clear cultural defeat annually? One can almost be sympathetic on this day to them for their championing such a lost cause. Well, maybe for a nanosecond.

    This year, NORML is focusing on four 4/20 related projects for cannabis consumers and patients:

    NORML 4/20 Fundraiser

    Join and support NORML during this 4/20 weekend for these special prices and donor premiums:

    Donate to NORML

    • $4.20 (receive two NORML stickers)
    • $42 (receive the new DVD ‘It’s a NORML Life’ autographed by NORML founder Keith Stroup)
    • $420 (receive an odorless backpack from Stealth Products, which will have included inside both a NORML nug jar and NORML emblazed crystal glass astray)
    Listen to NORML’s Daily Podcast Live on 4/20 from San Antonio’s ‘Fweedom’ Fest

    4/20 from San Antonio’s Fweedom Fest, beginning at 4pm Eastern and running all night long. We’re celebrating 4/20 at 4:20 in every American Time Zone with correspondents in New York, Atlanta, San Antonio, Des Moines, Denver, Boise, Portland, Los Angeles, and Honolulu. Fweedom Fest coverage includes performances by Chief Greenbud and “Radical” Russ.

    420day.org Project

    Filmmaker E.J Vaughn and writer Steve Wishnia contacted NORML asking for help soliciting videos from cannabis consumers and patients about why they use cannabis and why they want the laws reformed as soon as possible. They will use some of these user-generated videos in their upcoming documentary production. While there is much to celebrate about regarding cannabis (as well as to lament about the failed prohibition) on April 20 at 4:20, this project is forward-looking regarding the further normalization of responsible cannabis use by adults.

    CafePress 4/20 Clothing Special

    NORML’s longtime online apparel partner CafePress has a ’4/20′ special running this weekend for some newly designed products that let the world know what your three favorite numbers are. Use the promo code: 20OFF420 to receive 20% off shirts and gear from the NORML Store on CafePress. Some restrictions apply.

    I have to admit that I’m already getting excited at the prospects for next year’s 4/20 celebrations, that, for the first time in years, will be occurring on a Saturday!

    From everyone at NORML, please have a safe and very hempy 4/20!

    Cannabem liberemus,

    Allen St. Pierre
    Executive Director
    director@norml.org

    31 Responses to “NORML’s 2012 4/20 Salutations and Celebrations”

    1. Buster Jones says:

      To norml. Gotyour news out,and also all state legislators in Georgia. Also sent out 420 Celabration. Just working hard for my next joint of Kush. Peace, Buster

    2. mr says:

      happy 420
      let the good times roll

    3. Anonymous says:

      we will continue this fight to the end it is my right to smoke pot!!

    4. Joe says:

      Thanks Allen, and Happy 420!

    5. [...] you need to be convinced, just read this 4/20 message from NORML’s Executive Director, Allen St. Pierre: A day (and a time of day) that signifies [...]

    6. Jane says:

      Happy 4/20! We’re going to win our freedom!

    7. [...] NORML’s 2012 4/20 Salutations and Celebrations Dear NORML Supporters from far and wide, [Update: Today's media coverage of '4/20' is both wide and extensive: The otherwise staid and anti-cannabis Washington Post has 4/20 entertainment recommendations for the DC area; the Wall Street Journal, the newspaper of record for business and finance, has a well written piece on the growing cultural and commercial acceptance of 4/20; Politico gives a nod to 4/20 by citing examples of what pols say about pot; the University of Colorado is trying to stop a traditional 4/20 'smoke out' by wasting funding [...] [...]

    8. Heading down to the march in toronto today… great to see some new developments in the fight against prohibition. Happy 4/20 everyone!

    9. Canuk says:

      Happy 420 everybody!

    10. Derwin says:

      Happy 420. Poeple lets fight for out right to light up……Its 420 once again!

    11. Reese says:

      Honestly, the stronger oppression by the Feds means we’re obviously getting some of our message heard. Just like the head of the DEA said something along the lines of, “The increasing violence in the [Drug War] means [it's] working.”

    12. Reese says:

      But, totally opposite… as we are actually peaceful, non-violent, careful, and aren’t going anywhere.

    13. Lucid says:

      Happy 4/20 everybody!! We will make it legal!

    14. True American says:

      OOOoooohhhhh the times they are a changing…

    15. [...] you need to be convinced, just read this 4/20 message from NORML’s Executive Director, Allen St. Pierre: A day (and a time of day) that signifies [...]

    16. Anonymous says:

      Thank u norml…..

    17. Zanze says:

      I am stoked by yesterday’s media coverage of 4/20! NORML needs to have a rep at every local Demcratic club meeting, especially the Young Democrats – this would rally the younger generation who is smoking pot anyway but paying a very high price in the number of young men going to jail. As a mother and toker I am ready to fight to stop prohibition and say the Democtaric Party platform MUST include the legalization of (medical) marijuana in it’s Platform. Where is that petition?

    18. Owen says:

      Off topic but VERY IMPOERTANT:

      Certain internet forums are now treating the phrase “marijuana legalization” as “profanity” and thus are censoring free speech.

      http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=722714&_p=43cbd263-156f-428a-a62d-4d7c158e9d8d&_nwpt=1

    19. Anonymous says:

      Someone should look into the numbers to see how much money cannabis friendly economies have made this 420.

    20. Don M says:

      Thank you NORML for continuing to be a force for truth and freedom!!!

      To be for prohibition is to be against freedom and everything America is supoosed to stand for! What does that say about our Federal Govt???

    21. vnarivera says:

      420 weekend and earth day,Best holiday getting excited about next year,hoping for bigger celebrations,woohoo

    22. For the second year in a row, free people consumed cannabis on the state house steps while state police looked on. Also the inside of the building featured more peaceful singing of “Weeda Claus Chronic Christmas Carols” by about 100 people. Go to FREE KEENE to see video. http://freekeene.com/2012/04/21/successful-420-celebration-at-the-state-house/

    23. Sam Blake says:

      Thanks NORML!!!

    24. Psu says:

      Start debating international law Paul

      Medical Use

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRsPscOGY6Q

    25. If you live in Connecticut and want to end marijuana prohibition in our state, please take a minute to visit http://www.ctprimaryproject.com.

      Please pass this on to anyone you know in Connecticut!

    26. Psu says:

      Cant be growing without no permit… hello my name is Dr. Greenthumb… I’d like to tell you just where im from. Ppl cant live wo the urban if not they be drinkin and drivin and swervin

    27. Tayro says:

      Look the fed’s know their in the wrong about cannabis. The reason it’s not legal has not one thing to do with it’s terrible side effects. << plz note sarcasm
      If you can read this your ether on line or tripping out. So use some time and Google (research into side effects of cannabis). Every so-called study "proving" pot is bad will have one thing in common. NO comments can be posted. They know it's all lies.
      The problem is money honey.
      The legalization of cannabis would hurt the bottom lines of many old fat cat industry's.
      They watch sites like this one. Get their game plans together and discredit the movement.
      Why do you think it is that you see so many human retard post on these sites. It's not coming from us pot heads, no it's corp shills making us look like we are the retards. Ever notice when the so called news covers any pot related story the only interviews they show are from human retards.
      The movement is winning.
      We need consolidation. (Google shows over 300,000 web sites for legalization)
      We need to get the closet smokers to speak up.
      We out number the anti-cannabis lairs when you factor in the peeps that don't care or won't vote. But not if we are too afraid, ashamed or lazy to vote.
      We will win, but if we push and push and push we will win sooner.
      Talk to your cowered neighbors that smoke but don't want anyone to know about it. Slap your lazy pot headed friends upside the head, get'em to register. Quit assuming NORML will do it for you.
      Let's get this shit over with NOW.

    28. [...] Cory Marsh has been suspended for six months after testing positive for marijuana at the acrobatic would junior championships in Orlando last April — shame the championships fell on 4/20. [...]

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