Pot Smokers Out, Proud for 4/20 High Holiday
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Pot Smokers Out, Proud for 4/20 High Holiday
Posted by CN Staff on April 20, 2010 at 12:04:00 PT
By Lisa Leff, The Associated Press 
Source: Washington Post
Oakland, Calif. -- Forget Hippie Hill. For thoroughly modern marijuana smokers in the San Francisco Bay area, the hip place to celebrate their movement's high holiday this year was the inside of a stretch Hummer parked outside a pot gardening superstore where entrepreneurs mingled with investors and a city councilman.Marijuana legalization advocates across the country are expected to light up during Tuesday's annual observance of 4/20, the celebration-cum-mass civil disobedience derived from "420" - insider shorthand for cannabis consumption. IGrow, a 3-month-old cultivation equipment emporium, got a 24-hour jump start on the festivities by sponsoring a "420 Eve" festival Monday afternoon.
Several hundred revelers lined up outside the 15,000-square-foot shop - security guards kept them at bay until 4:20 p.m. - waiting for the chance to revel in their drug of choice's rising commercial clout. Inside the gates, they perused booths stocked with pipe-shaped lollipops and specialty fertilizers, entered a medical marijuana delivery service's raffle for an oversized joint and toured a 53-foot-long portable grow room with a starting price of $60,000."I wouldn't have thought we would be able to consume on site," marveled John Corral, 19, of San Jose, after he obtained a wristband that gave him access to the event's two "vapor lounges," the one inside the Hummer and another inside a companion Range Rover limousine.Two years ago, before he had a doctor's recommendation to smoke pot, Corral commemorated 4/20 on Hippie Hill, the Golden Gate Park promontory where an earlier generation of pot aficionados made their stand. IGrow has arranged to have a doctor working at the store three days a week to evaluate people seeking to become medical marijuana patients, and a handful of those at the 420 Eve party were able to snag last-minute appointments.Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said the drug's steady movement from counterculture indulgence to mainstream acceptance will be evident elsewhere in the United States Tuesday, when four cable television channels have scheduled "a good chunk of programming to 420."St. Pierre said that with the terms "marijuana" or "cannabis" regularly showing up on the top Internet searches and a measure to legalize the plant's recreational use appearing on as many as four state ballots in November, it's clear that groups like his, which has lobbied to decriminalize marijuana since 1970, are no longer blowing smoke."There is a large mainstreaming of all of this," he said. "Some of it is happening because of natural forces and some of it is happening because commercial entities looking to comport with local social mores and values are taking advantage of this bizarre numerology."At the iGrow event, Tom Patton of GrowOp Technology, proudly discussed the inspiration for the "Big Bud" growing trailer he developed with Derek Peterson, a former stock broker. Patton said he kept hearing about pot growers who "were constantly putting up and taking down" grow rooms built inside warehouses or residential homes because of complaints from neighbors, fires sparked by faulty wiring or threats of law enforcement raids.His pot room on wheels, which comes outfitted with a security system and technology to adjust temperature and humidity levels from an iPhone, may not completely eliminate the last concern, but that hasn't stopped a pair of New York bankers from investing in the invention."This is an enabling technology, not a hiding-out technology," Patton said.The lure of revenue and respectability has prompted some veterans of the marijuana wars to diversify. Joshua Freeman, a Sonoma County pot grower, was at the 420 Eve festival handing out samples of the specialty plant food he recently developed and is trying to market."We are not just a bunch of stoners sitting back on a couch playing video games," Freeman said.Source: Washington Post (DC)Author: Lisa Leff, The Associated Press Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010Copyright: 2010 Washington Post Contact: letters URL: CannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #13 posted by christ on April 21, 2010 at 09:09:15 PT
company pride
"This is an enabling technology, not a hiding-out technology," Patton said.i wonder if there's a list of these proud, enabling companies who don't have a pis fetish.
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Comment #12 posted by BGreen on April 20, 2010 at 20:26:10 PT
When Cannabis Is Legal
We'll be the owners of the businesses and we won't even consider working for a company that cares more about the contents of our urine than the contents of our character and the quality of our contributions.Boycott the companies with a piss fetish! Start Now!The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on April 20, 2010 at 20:14:34 PT
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Comment #10 posted by afterburner on April 20, 2010 at 20:09:11 PT
Rasta Schools the Downpressor Man
"This is an enabling technology, not a hiding-out technology," Patton said."There'll be no more need to smoke and hide When you know you're takin' a legal ride." --Peter Tosh, Legalize It!
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on April 20, 2010 at 19:22:26 PT
I can see how some people might be tempted.
They'll be monitoring absenteeism like maniacs, just dying to say, "I told you so".And I'd think don't go to work stoned to the bone... unless you already do.:0)We've got to shine. It's going to be a glorious day.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on April 20, 2010 at 19:17:04 PT
Thinking more and more
about this happening and how it might be. As much as possible, as a group of dedicated people that worked together to change unjust laws, when that future history happens, we ought to shine. Big time. 
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 20, 2010 at 19:09:04 PT
One thing, I think, that's important, ...
to me anyway....after it becomes legal. Just my opinion. No one should miss work to celebrate. 
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on April 20, 2010 at 16:02:18 PT
The Drug-Free Workplace vs. Medical Marijuana didn't like the way they worded this, at all, from that article: "Indeed, employers that operate in the 14 states where pot is now legal as a prescription painkiller are struggling to reconcile zero tolerance drug policies with a patientís right to get high."
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on April 20, 2010 at 16:01:26 PT
4/20 on G4 on Channel 310 on DirecTV
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on April 20, 2010 at 15:00:36 PT
Happy 420.I want to take this time to ask people to thank God for cannabis. It is the only Biblical restriction placed on the plant. And not just today.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on April 20, 2010 at 14:00:54 PT
D.C. Council Approves Medical Marijuana
April 20, 2010The D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill Tuesday to allow chronically ill patients to receive a doctor's prescription to use marijuana and buy it from a city-sanctioned distribution center.Under the bill, which passed without debate, a patient who suffers from HIV, glaucoma, cancer or a "chronic and lasting disease" may receive a doctor's recommendation to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana in a 30-day period.The patient would not be allowed to grow their own marijuana, but between five and eight pot distribution centers would be established in the city.Those distribution centers would receive marijuana from privately run cultivation centers, where up to 95 marijuana plants could be grown at a given time. The distribution and cultivation centers, which could not be located within 300 feet of a school or preschool, would be operated by private or nonprofit organizations and businesses that would be licensed by the city.The council will have to vote on it a second time next month. But it will likely be at least several months before the city's medical marijuana program gets off the ground. Copyright: 2010 The Washington Post CompanyURL:
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Comment #2 posted by westnyc on April 20, 2010 at 12:42:12 PT
I'm really impressed by their site appears they are reporting from an economic stand-point. They have a wide audience and are employing economic factors to the pro legalization/prohibition stance. I like this!
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 20, 2010 at 12:36:18 PT
News Article From The Huffington Post Blog
Ryan Grim Discusses Origins Of 4/20, Growing Efforts At Pot Legalization (VIDEO)April 20, 2010URL:
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