420 words on 4/20 weekend

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director April 19, 2014

    Dear NORML members and supporters,

    420 NORML MembershipWe all find ourselves this weekend at the precipice of the year’s most propitious date on the calendar for cannabis consumers and freedom lovers: April 20th.

    As always, there will be large public gatherings all around America (and other countries too) to celebrate the responsible adult use of cannabis. The day is a cultural phenomenon, with both substantial media output (some entire cable networks broadcast cannabis-centric programming and entertainment–like Comedy Central) and coverage of public celebrations (cities like Denver expect downtown public pot celebrations drawing 80,000 or more Saturday and Sunday).

    The patchwork of cannabis law enforcement in this country is so disparate that in some locations the gatherings will celebrate their appreciation of the herb, but under harsh threat of arrest and criminal sanctions. Contrastingly, in other parts of the country, where I write this letter from, the city of Denver–where I’ve paid an effective 35% tax rate on the retail purchase of a small amount of a strain called ‘Tangie’, and where over 40,000 attendees are expected for High Times’ Cannabis Cup Awards–the events here are decidedly in celebration of the only place currently on earth where an adult can purchase and legally consume cannabis in a similar manner to that of alcohol products.

    By July of this year, the citizens and visitors to Washington State will enjoy the same freedoms and responsibilities when their cannabis retail market officially commences.

    Two down, forty-eight more states and territories to go…

    420 NORML MembershipDozens of NORML’s 150 state and local chapters will be very busy this weekend working to end cannabis prohibition in their region of the country. Check out your local NORML chapter event here.

    For over a dozen years NORML has had unique 4/20 fundraisers, promoting an annual membership* for as low as $4.20, and this year is no different. Hats off to legalization–upgrade your membership for $42 and get a limited edition hemp hat* from Grassroots California.

    With Alaska and Oregon voters likely propelling their states to join Colorado and Washington this election season via binding voter initiatives, we will all have even more to rejoice (and consumer choices for safe, affordable, legal and taxed cannabis) next April 20th.

    Thank you for supporting NORML’s long standing public advocacy efforts to end cannabis prohibition and replace it with a far more rational and responsible public policy that has sustained the organization to this day–when I’m reporting to you the first legal and taxed cannabis purchase in my lifetime.

    Cannabem Liberemus,

    Allen St. Pierre
    Executive Director

    * NORML 420 membership offer is valid until 4/20/14 at 11:59pm EST. (Limited quantity of hemp hats)

    27 responses to “420 words on 4/20 weekend”

    1. Closet Smoker says:



      Happy 420 Everyone!!!!

    2. Ray says:

      I just made my donation to NORML, keep the conversation going.

      Thank you.

    3. sue rosen says:

      Happy 420, and thank you for all of your hard work!

    4. Julian says:

      “Lord, when did we come to you when you were sick or in prison and bring you comfort or medicine? When did we see you naked and bring you clothes?”
      “Amen. I say to you, that even what you did for the least of these, my brethren, you did it for me, the Lord says.”
      -Mathew 45:20, 34

      Then Jesus finished carrying the cross, and they crucified him. And when Joseph of Arimaia took his body to the tomb, the body of Christ was prepared with the holy oils of kaneh bosem as was the Jewish tradition of Kings. And after he was ressurected, after the third day, who remembered that Jesus had used the holy healing oils not only on the Kings and priests as Moses directed in Exodus 30, but also on the sick and the poor?
      Who remembers on this Easter Day, on 4-20, that cannabis was prohibited from the poor and the sick since the time of Moses, more than 3,000 years ago?

    5. Corinne Bowes says:

      Happy 420 Alan!! Enjoy the Denver highlife for me.

    6. grandma3d says:

      Mahatma Gandhi:

      “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

    7. Steve says:

      God Bless today, Happy Easter and 4/20 everyone. Let’s make a change!!

    8. Voice of the Resistance says:

      I wish you all well for the coming year, no matter what, or how you believe. Thanks Idaho activists outside the Chubbuck Wal-Mart I’m irreverently yours.

    9. The Ghost of Harry Anslinger says:

      How dare you to want marijuana legalized or allowed for medical use. My “Gore Files” are full of stories of “Reefers” who use this “Narcotic Menace” and “Run Amuck” and amuck means kill.

      The marihuana addict, commonly known as a ‘reefer,’ becomes a grave menace to community and state. “Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”

      “Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.”

      “…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”

      Make me proud Michelle and keep this evil weed from the hands of our citizens and doctors. Cancer, HIV, Dravet Syndrome, pain, PTSD, and so many other illnesses are only a ploy to legalization. You stand for EVERYTHING I believe in.

    10. Ray says:

      Fire Michelle Leonhart, let’s see if we can reach 35,000 signatures.

      Harry Anslinger was an asshole.