April 20th, 420, is the World-Wide Day to Celebrate the Cannabis Culture

Today, April 20th is the world-recognized international day of celebration for the planet's estimated 250,000,000 members of the cannabis culture. The festival is especially notable for the fact it is the largest in North America. People across North America will light up joints to celebrate getting high and advocate, for the 41st year, for the legalization of marijuana.

In Vancouver BC 10,000 to 15,000 people gather on April 20th every year on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery to celebrate all things marijuana. 420Vancouver.com has a great website with a map of how to get to the celebration to help folks get to the Art Gallery on time. The website also has a number of great videos of the celebration from past years. The VPD has publicly stated that their lowest priority is arresting folks for simple possession of pot and that they will not be arresting anybody again this year at the celebration for smoking or possessing the herb. Coincidentally [at least in official reports], April 20 is a “noninstructional day” of the Vancouver School Board.

This world-wide day of celebration clearly shows how stupid the US and Canadian 'War on Drugs' is. Instead of educating folks about the real issues of use and abuse, about the dangers of and differences between various drugs, of honestly addressing the fact that people of all cultures at all times in history have enjoyed getting high on some substance or methodology. Instead we allow the insanity of the minority of the 'Just Say No' puritan holy-roller mentality types to dominate our laws and punish countless, otherwise non-criminal, citizens.

As Albert Einstein said about alcohol prohibition in 1921,"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law, for nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.