It’s 4/20! But Pot is Still Illegal, Folks!
A new poll released today, National Weed Day, proves most Americans oppose the legalization of marijuana.
If you didn’t already know, today is National Weed Day, the day when everyone around you may seem to have an incurable case of the munchies.
Why today, you ask? Well, the number “420” holds significant meaning in the pot-smoking community. In 1971, a group of high schoolers at San Rafael High School in California started using the code “420” to refer to the time when they’d meet up in front of the campus statue of Louis Pasteur to get high. Their rendezvous would always happen at 4:20 in the afternoon.
Using this code, they could always talk about smoking — even in front of their parents. The phrase caught on, and now, April 20 (4/20) is an unofficial National holiday.
If you’re going to celebrate today, just remember that pot-smoking is still illegal in most states (except if being used for medical purposes). In fact, in a new poll released today, most people are still opposed to the legalization of marijuana.
The Associated Press and CNBC conducted a poll 0f 1,001 Americans, and found that 55 percent oppose legalization. It’s interesting to note that the majority of young people under 30, or 54 percent, want pot to be legal. However, the older respondents, especially people over 65, largely oppose it (73 percent).
The poll also found that men, democrats, and people living in urban cities were more likely to support legalization. Sounds like the most stressed out people need marijuana the most, huh?
However, when it comes to using the drug for medical purposes, 60 percent were in support of the practice, and 74 percent believe it does serve a positive medical benefit.