According to Wikipedia the term 420 originated from California when a group of people who called themselves the Waldo´s tried to find an abandoned cannabis crop using a treasure map made by the grower. An article in the Huffington post found this as the back story: “420 started somewhere in San Rafael, California in the late ‘70s. It started as the police code for Marijuana Smoking in Progress. After local heads heard of the police call, they started using the expression 420 when referring to herb – Let’s Go 420, dude!”
Whatever the truth is about the origin of the 420 legend, April 20th has become a global phenomenon. An it just happened to be the case the 2nd day of the 2016 UNGASS in NYC was on 420. You can check out Drugventures episode 9 which is about cannabis activism that was going on during that day outside the UN building. The video features among others one of the original federal medical cannabis patients in the USA, which is a slight contradiction for the current federal Scheduling of Cannabis as Schedule 1 substance, to say the least.
Drugventures celebrates it´s 10th episode by providing you an episode that is full of informative discussion by some of the leading cannabis experts in the USA.
Julie Holland for instance is a psychiactrist specialized in psychopharmacology, who has among other things edited the Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis. Jeremy Wolff is a writer and an artist who also contributed to the Pot book. And last but not least Lex Pelger, a science journalist who has spend the last 4 or something years thinking, reading, writing and illustrating about Anandamide; or the Cannabinoid. The topics these experts discuss vary from whole plant extracts vs. syntethics, recreational or medicinal and where we are in terms of legal regulation especially in New York.
Thank you for the contributors and hope you enjoy the video!