4/20 is About More Than Getting High

It’s that time of year again, and I know many of you were anticipating the epic highness taking place on 4/20. If you are an adult, this is your right, as long as you are not infringing on the rights of another. But 4/20 is now about so much more than getting high, as is legalization itself.

Marijuana legalization is about more than getting high. Millions do that already on a daily basis, despite the law. Legalization is about recognizing individual rights, and 4/20 has become about that as well.

If the legends are to be believed, 420 started with some high school kids; now it is a worldwide event when the eyes of the media focus on the cannabis law reform movement.

The founder and chairman of Marijuana Majority, Tom Angell, recently wrote an op-ed in The Huffington Post about the coming high holiday and the opportunities it presents.

“This Saturday is April 20th, a date increasingly known as a holiday for celebrating marijuana,” Tom writes.

Legalize 420“But this 4/20 — the first since two U.S. states voted to legalize marijuana — don’t just party. With momentum on our side, let’s use the ‘holiday’ as an opportunity to build the movement to change even more marijuana laws. Colorado and Washington State may have made history by voting to replace prohibition with systems to tax and regulate marijuana, but there are still 48 states to go.”

While many have disparaged the incremental approach that activists have been forced to work under the past few decades, there is no doubt that it is working. The timetable has been accelerated somewhat over the last few years, and momentum is clearly with those who favor legalization.

“[T]his 4/20, please do celebrate how far the movement to change failed marijuana laws has come,” Tom writes later in his piece. “But don’t rest on your laurels or be fooled into thinking that legalization is inevitable. Get involved.”

In terms of battle, the best time to attack is when your opponent is in retreat. There will never be a better opportunity for advancement of marijuana law reforms than the next 5 to 10 years. There will never be a better time to attack than now.

This is not a game or a simple academic debate. People on our side are going to prison. No one on our opponent’s side has to worry about that. No one who is against marijuana legalization has to worry about their kids being taken or losing their job. The destruction of lives has occurred and will continue to occur solely on our side of the “debate.”

The power of your opinion on marijuana should end where my rights begin, no matter how you feel about the issue.

– Joe Klare

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