As controversial as it may seem for me to post about 420, it’s more the reason that I want too. I love controversy. Especially over things that are still seen as taboo in this day and age. Like gay/lesbian marriage (or just gays/lesbians in general), mental illness and so and so forth. Maybe it’s because I’m like the poster child for the above mentioned taboos. *Hide your children*
No, but seriously though. Yesterday was 420 all over the world, now a day known as “Weed Day”, 420 is also a term for smoking and the time to light up a joint too. The history of 420 dates back to the 70s, with many different stories coming about with regards to how the term (or number) ‘420’ actually came about. Some say it was a police code for ‘marijuana smoking in progress’, but the true story is based on some high school kids known as The Waldo’s who then went on a mission to try and get their hands on some free bud that was growing off the Point Reyes Peninsula Coast – and left unattended due to a coast guard service member who could no longer tend to the plants. The Waldo’s made a point to meet at 4.20pm, get into one of their cars, and smoke it up all the way to Point Reyes. They never did find the patch of ‘free bud’ (maybe they were too high), but they did find a new codename – 420. And according to history, that’s where it all started. It wasn’t about the time, it was just about saying “420”, and everyone would know what that meant. I guess the time thing came in a little later. Who knows.
What I do know is this though, yesterday I decided that I needed to be a part of this phenomena. This day where cops stand out in the hundreds, on horses, put up massive signs saying ‘Marijuana is illegal’ while donning their bright yellow jackets and bullet proof vests (in case they get hit with a hard bud) from the moment you get out the station, which has signs that say ‘Hyde Park Exit 3’ (for all you stoners), and they just turn a blind eye.
I walked out of the tube as it stopped at Marble Arch and there were bodies everywhere. Loud excited bodies, some with booze in hand, other with joints in hand, rolling up spliffs as they walked towards the escalators like it wasn’t a thing a all. And it wasn’t. No one will understand the excitement of being allowed to smoke publicly in front of the cops for a day. Heck, I didn’t even understand the excitement until I saw all of this and I hadn’t even left the station yet.
I’m repeating myself, but seriously, there were hundreds of bodies everywhere. All over Speakers Corner lighting up, half baked, fully baked, about to get baked, passing many a copper on the way in to finding their spot on the green grass.
Some people where there to rally to legalize it. Others were there just to smoke and chill with friends as the sun came beating down (it really did though – it was such a GOOD day). Some played their bongo’s, others brought out there speakers and started beatboxing, people were selling t-shirts and passing on information on cannabis. Shit, I’m only certain there were a few mastermind dealers too there. It was a real celebration. A mini festival that lasted a few hours in the one corner of Hyde Park in London.
By 5.30pm the place was clearing out (slowly) and the coppers were now ready to start doing their jobs. Standing in a massive line across the one end, it was time for the stoners to go home. And they did, happily high, most of them made their way either back to the station or to the nearest fast food place.
Now at the end of the day it’s personal preference when it comes to how you feel about the herb. But let me just put it to you quickly so that you’re not lost in the taboo world, if you’re one of those people that is.
- Smoking weed has nothing to do with sexuality
- Smoking weed doesn’t mean you are dumb ass, lazy, good for nothing, spoilt kid
- It really does have medicinal value other than helping decrease the spread of cancer and easing the pain.
- Helping to control epileptic seizures
- THC slows the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease
- It eases the pain of MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
- Treating inflammatory bowel disease
- Dealing with anxiety
- It releases arthritis discomfort
Just to name a few.
And yes, it is illegal. And maybe it should be, but maybe it also shouldn’t be??
Heck, it’s known to spur creativity in the brain, and even though not a health benefit, for those in entertainment (media, music, arts etc…) it’s a massive benefit – without turning you into an arrogant broke twat with a deviated septum and no friends.
Oh… and it’s actually seen as a vegetable, by the way, in case you didn’t know. And last time I checked, veggies were good for you 🙂
I could go on, (taboo) subjects like these bring out the argumentative demon in me, so I’ll leave it here.
Bye for now.
Love and Light,