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Wed Apr 14 2010 (Updated 05/11/10)
Gatherings on 4/20, International Day of Marijuana Celebration
Wed Apr 14 2010 (Updated 05/11/10)
Annual Four Twenty Gatherings Throughout U.S., Canada and New Zealand
Four-Twenty (including 4:20, 420 and 4/20) has long been associated with marijuana use and marijuana activism. 4:20 is a time of day when people smoke marijuana. April 20th has evolved into a counterculture holiday, known for large gatherings of people celebrating and consuming marijuana, a.k.a. cannabis. Thousands of people gather annually in Boston, Boulder, New York, Santa Cruz, Seattle and many other cities in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and elsewhere around the world.

Most reports about the origins of 4/20 trace back to 'The Waldos,' a small group of students at San Rafael High School in 1971. The teens would meet after school at 4:20, next to a statue of Louis Pasteur, and smoke marijuana. Four Twenty passed from those high school students, into the 70's Grateful Dead culture where it spread all across the United States.

The 4/20 smoke-outs are a series of cannabis rallies that demonstrate the impracticability of enforcing the current marijuana laws. Drug peace activists invite all herb enthusiasts to join them in defiant solidarity.

On April 26th, the CSU Monterey Bay chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) presented the second annual Cannabis Legalization Rally in the main quad of CSUMB. The rally featured live music from campus bands. imc_photo.gifPhotos

imc_photo.gif Photos: Four Twenty is a Smoking Good Time for Thousands at UC Santa Cruz

Annual 420 Celebration at UC Santa Cruz! | International Cannabis Smoker's Day at Hippie Hill, San Francisco | 4/20: Smoke Out The Globe | Don't Just Smoke a Joint on 4/20 - Take Action Against Marijuana Prohibition | imc_photo.gif2007 and 2008: 420 at UCSC | imc_photo.gif2009: 420 at UCSC "Gets Bigger Every Year" | Cannabis Culture
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