Four Two Oh

Yesterday was April 20th, or as others know it, 4-20.

This was the scene at CU Boulder and downtown Denver yesterday:

To me, that's just crazy and mind boggling. Not one arrest or citation was made is relation to the events that took place yesterday (as far as smoking weed goes).

I have never participated in something like this and I probably never will. Although, I'm sure my younger brother was somewhere in California yesterday, lighting up with his buddies.

I'm sure I'll get some flack/hate/anger/arguments for saying this, but I am not against smoking weed or others smoking weed. Do I do it now? No. Have I done it in the past? You bet I have.

I know there are a lot of arguments as to why and why not marijuana should be legalized. I think the main problem with legalizing marijuana is that there is no way to regulate it (like alcohol) and there's no way to test someone for there level of "intoxication." People can grow their own Mary Jane, but people can brew their own beer and moonshine too, you're just not allowed to distribute it.

I think there are many people that can benefit from using marijuana for medicinal purposes. People who have eating disorders, individuals that suffer from severe nausea from cancer treatments, and those who have chronic pain from whatever it may be.

I guess what irritates me is the stereotype. I would say that most of the time, stereotypes are accurate. To me, for someone to categorize a person that smokes weed as a lazy, stupid, unmotivated person, is the same as saying that those that go out with friends to drink and get drunk are "alcoholics." For some people, it's true. For most, it's not.

I find 4-20 interesting in that all of those people can get together and do that, and no one was arrested or caused any problems. It makes me wonder; what if you let 8-10,000 people binge drink and get drunk... how many problems would there have been yesterday?

3 comments:

Kristan April 21, 2009 at 9:07 AM  

Wowza, that's a lot of pot!

I never have and never will, but I don't think pot's some devilish thing. I actually think it's pretty common for college kids to go through their mj phase. I'm not saying I'd be happy if my kid did it, but hey, it's not the end of the world, right?

(PS: If/when I ever have a kid, you are instructed to delete this comment so he/she can never find proof that I said it was okay. :P)

Taralyn April 21, 2009 at 11:18 AM  

I have a family member who has smoked it regualarly for the past 20 years. I have seen the long term effect it can cause someone and it's sad. This person's short term memory is shot because of it, not to mention a horrible constant cough, asthma and many other medical problems that are a result of smoking weed. Although people say it's not addicting, this person cannot quit and stay off of it. He/she is addicted to the feeling it gives them. I also believe it's a gateway to more serious drugs. I am totally against it. I understand people will still smoke it etc and that's their decision, but I personally think it's a stupid road to go down. That is my opinion and I will respect this post as being your opinion :)

Oh and have you read anything about the serious crime in the USA and Mexico that is a result of the drug cartel and drug trafficing? Marijuana IS one of the drugs that is trafficed. People can grow it here too and get it from other sources, but if their weed is coming from Mexico, they're contributing to the problem.

Sandi April 21, 2009 at 11:45 AM  

I have never heard of this. Maybe I am too old and out of touch. The pictures are amazing though.

Tell me more about it. Is it a protest to legalize marijuana? Where is this at? It looks like a college. Clue me in girl. I'm sure my kids will be talking about it. I need to be in the know!