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The Weed Fairy, left, lights a massive marijuana joint right at 4:20 p.m. as thousands take part in the annual marijuana 420 smoke off at Dundas Square in Toronto on Friday, April 20, 2012. All around the world pro-marijuana supporters gathered in support of cannabis. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

VANCOUVER, Canada — Marijuana fans held mass rallies and pot parties in Canada and the United States on Friday, easing into the weekend with an annual celebration devoted to the feel-good weed.

Canada’s biggest city Vancouver closed a major road in the financial district for the day-long demonstration, in which attendees are urged to light up, while the sweet-smelling smoke also wafted heavily over California.

Organizers predicted a Vancouver crowd of as many as 20,000, compared to police estimates of 4,000 attendees in 2011. “We’re expecting a healthy-sized crowd,” police Constable Lindsey Houghton told Agence France-Presse.

Called “420″ after a nickname for marijuana — hence the April 20 date — the event has murky beginnings.

It reportedly began decades ago at a California high school where a group of students lit joints at 4:20 p.m., when classes ended. The event has spread throughout North America and around the world.

While activists use the day to press for decriminalization or legalization of the drug, for others it’s an excuse to party.

“Have a safe happy holiday my fellow stoners! I’m off to smoke a fattttttttttttttttttttty :)” posted the Facebook group 420, based in Vancouver and with more than 200,000 followers, referring to a sizable marijuana joint.

For more than a decade this Pacific port city has tackled illegal drugs as a health instead of a criminal issue, bucking North America’s so-called War on Drugs.

Meanwhile, it has become a global center of the annual April 20 celebration of marijuana.
Most local activists for marijuana decriminalization or legalization say the herb should be regulated and minors should not smoke pot.

Drug researcher Tim Stockwell, director of the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia at the University of Victoria, said much scientific research supports legalization, or at least decriminalization for health and social reasons.

In Australian, American and European jurisdictions where laws have been relaxed, the sky has not fallen,” he noted.

“It’s not a completely benign substance but on a scale of harm it rates below alcohol and tobacco as well as cocaine and heroin.”

In former hippie haven California meanwhile the day was marked with parties, discount at so-called “medical marijuana” outlets and protest action by lobbyists seeking legalization.

“It’s the holidays for people who love marijuana,” said Dave Brian, editor of The 420 Times based in Burbank, just north of Los Angeles, which reported that 10,000 people gathered in the University of Colorado last year to smoke.

This year a Non-Governmental Organization called NORML, which promotes the legalization of marijuana, organized an event in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, as well as other private parties and promotional offers.

For example Kushmart, a dispensary in the heart of Hollywood, was offering 50 percent and more off of cannabis variety O.G. Kush, described as a third stronger than any other marijuana.

California is wrestling with how to clamp down on retailers — who often call themselves medical marijuana dispensaries, citing the powerful pain-killing effect for cancer sufferers among others — especially near schools.

“There are some people that want to keep it just medical and there are people who say actually recreational smoking is medical to begin with anyway,” said Brian. “They have a point,” he added.


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  • Sunita Sharma

    i wanna puff puff some of that good stuff i wanna puff puff some of that green green stuff

  • AllaMo

    Legitimize use and legalize commerce of marijuana now.

  • PHtaxpayer

    The law is corrupt when it legalizes alcohol, tobacco and firearms and makes marijuana illegal because more people die of those things than smoking dope.  Billions of dollars worth of govt resources would be freed for more productive use like health care and education if legalizing marijuana would be implemented.   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V7W2T7T2N37DLVYJSM2OV4GJ4A Ramon S

    Legalizing marijuana they same as legalizing crimes, the government were created to protect their citizens once criminality will increase the same people will blame to the govt. why? it happen, it was witness and proven marijuana addict commit heinous crimes. Why it happen because this people are unsatisfied, do not know the reason and purpose of their existence, thinking that they live just to eat, drink alcoholic, smoke marijuana and they own their life be merry and die. No!!!
    God had a plan in our life do not be lazy seek His word the bible our life on earth is only pilgrims we are just visitor to exalt His name in our good works, family, jobs to shout in the entire World God Is In Control in our Life, and God is Alive in our Life and He has agreat great plan for us and we are created for HIS glory and God has a purpose and owner of the same. Be convince

    • Diepor

      God made the marijuana .



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