Happy 4/20 to all you cannabis enthusiasts out there! For those of you who don’t know, April 20th at 4:20pm has become an annual observance for smoking and celebrating marijuana. Here at I Agree to See, we decided to “weed” out the top 9 political moments in marijuana history to share with you all.
1. Snoop Dogg and George Bush Share a Common “Strain”
Marijuana is not only for Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Natalie Portman, Afroman, and all the other weed-smoking artists out there. Thanks to Wikipedia, we have a “list of United States politicians who admit to cannabis use.” Some of the names listed include President Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Al Gore, and the Bush brothers – George and Jeb.
2. Puff-Puff-Pass, Mr. President
During the 1996 Presidential election, Republican nominee Bob Dole released a video criticizing Bill Clinton for not taking the drug crisis seriously, especially with the increase of teen drug use.
It’s an over-the-top ad, showing a clip of Clinton when he was on MTV admitting that he would inhale marijuana again “if he could.” Later in the ad, it shows Clinton stating that he wishes he “had never done any of that” (even the “such a little bit” he did.)
However, Bob Dole “took a hit” and lost the election to Clinton. Maybe American citizens are ok with marijuana-smoking politicians? (Refer back to question 1 and see how many Presidents and other elected officials have admitted they smoked marijuana.)
3. Write-In Rhode Island Governor Candidate Announces Campaign… While Taking a Hit
This may be the first time we’ve ever seen a politician smoke marijuana during their announcement video (if you’ve seen others, please send them to us.)
Anne Armstrong was running in 2014 as a write-in candidate for the Rhode Island gubernatorial race. In her announcement video, titled “Fresh Air,” her platform seemed to be solely focused on her admiration of marijuana.
We’re not sure what ‘fresh air’ she’s talking about, because it sounds like she smokes a lot of weed, but it’s refreshing to see such an honest candidate.
4. The Worst Pro-Legalizing Marijuana Video We’ve Seen
California is still fighting to legalize recreational marijuana. Therefore, many groups are getting signatures in order to put the initiative on the 2016 ballot. However, this is probably the worst way to garner support, unless all you want to do is “go to the beach and smoke and hang out legally.”
One thing’s for sure, it’s a great way to learn about the different types of marijuana like Space Queen and Girl Scout Cookies.
5. One of the Better Pro-Legalizing Marijuana Videos We’ve Seen
When you compare this video to the one above, it’s very obvious to see the difference. The State of Washington knows how to provide facts and data for the benefits of legalizing marijuana. Instead of beach bums, they bring King County Sheriff John Urquhart.
6. When Arnold Schwarzenegger Smoked Weed
7. The Funniest Parody Video of President Barack Obama Smoking Marijuana
Key and Peele’s impersonation of President Barack Obama smoking marijuana in college is one of the funniest videos we’ve seen. He’s giving inspirational talks, creating a system so everyone has weed and getting really “frosted.”
8. The Actual History of 4/20
We can thank the Deadheads for spreading around the code word “4:20” when it was time to light up.
This celebration began in 1971 in San Rafael, California where a group of high school students called “the Waldos” would meet everyday at 4:20pm to smoke marijuana. They planned to meet at a statue of Louis Pasteur everyday and would use the code “4:20 Louie” to know they were meeting up to smoke.
The code “4:20 Louie” was shortened to “4:20” over time. And, it is said, that when the Grateful Dead moved into town, the group started hanging out with the band managers – which loved this idea of “4:20.”
Eventually, this idea got into the hands of Steve Bloom, a reporter for High Times. He reported on this concept of 4:20, but the “grand master of all holidays” is smoking on April 20th (4/20) at 4:20.
9. Legalizing Marijuana Is Somewhat “High” On American’s Priorities
Marijuana has been a contentious issue around the nation. Over the years, there have been many debates whether to legalize recreational use, only legalize medicinal use or not legalize at all.
Pew Research Center just released a poll showing that 53% of Americans are in support of legalizing marijuana. Also, Snoop Dogg just invested in a weed delivery startup called Eaze – promising to deliver medical marijuana in less than 10 minutes. That’s quicker than ordering pizza!
So maybe a national policy will come sooner than we think. We’ll keep an eye out on how this plays out in the 2016 Presidential Elections.