Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Why I Am Getting High This 4/20

It is that time of the year again, fellow lovers of the good herb. April 20th, the unofficial Christmas of pot smoking. In basements, parks, apartments, houses, caves, trailer homes, and every other conceivable form of environment, stoners everywhere will celebrate this joyous occasion with bongs, blunts, bowls, and joints. I can already feel the good vibes that can only be picked up on the stoner radar. They seem to be everywhere this year.

It is universally accepted that the origins of 4-20 go back to a San Diego high school in the late seventies. It all started with a small group of stoners who would meet up at 4:20 everyday to toke. From there, it grew in epic proportions to all parts of the world as the great stoner holiday we now know and love.

It is to smoking marijuana as drinking is to St. Patrick’s Day. It is the one time you can go overboard. Buy an ounce; smoke that shit. It is an unwritten rule that before the whole thing is over, not a stoner shall be left standing.

It is a special year here in Colorado. Denver just legalized last year, and the annual pot rally on the steps of the capital building is showing more promise than I have seen in previous years. Arguably, however, the best pot will be in Boulder rocking with the kids from CU. Either way, I will be one stoned writer as the day wears on.

No matter where you are, if you’re a smoker, you are likely to be stoned as well. The feeling of smoking is almost different on 4.20. It is more of a spirit. It is the only day out of the year when you can smoke by yourself and know you aren’t smoking alone.

Bring on the fire and toke your appreciation. If you can, smoke right now. All hail the first annual ShoutWire smokeout!


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