So its April 20th or better known as 420 today. The term is synonymous with pot smokers an as usual almost all of the tokers will be partaking in some celebratory toking at 4:20 p.m. today an a select few will actually make their way down to city circles, parliament hills etc to prove a point. Good, good for them. Personally, the quality of the tokers that is on display to the general people on this day does play the stereotype a bit i.e. unkempt, lazy, jobless an without a focus. This is my biggest issue right here .. Over the years pot smokers have evolved an now cut a wide swath across the professional spectrum, including lawyers, editors, insurance agents, TV producers, and financial biggies, looking nothing like the blotto hippie teens of Dazed and Confused or the unemployed, out-of-shape schlubsters who are a staple of the Judd Apatow canon. By all outward appearances, they are card-carrying, type A workaholics who just happen to prefer kicking back with a blunt instead of a bottle.
Why is it that the intellect pot smokers dont come forward an smoke pot in public?!?! The answer lies in the fact that even today there is a stigma attached with pot smoking an with pot smokers in general. The term pot-head is frankly derogatory cause it connotes that am high 24/7 which is obviously not the case. According to a recent study by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an estimated 8 million American women smoked up in the past year—a lowball figure that reflects only those willing to cop to it. Among them is the upper-middle-class Pottery Barn set: One in five women who admitted to indulging in the previous month lives in a household earning more than $75,000 a year.
Some notable developments over the last decade to be proud of on this 420: marijuana has already been decriminalized in 13 states. In cities like Boston and Denver, small-time pot busts are minor offenses on a par with parking violations; first-time offenders earn a token fine—$100 or so—and a talking-to from law enforcement. In California, where the distribution of marijuana for medicinal purposes was legalized in 1996, some 31,000 residents carry cards that make purchasing locally grown weed from any of the state’s estimated 500 dispensaries as easy as filling a prescription at the local pharmacy. Light one up an rejoice but remember to stay classy!!!