This day sometimes feels like Venice’s own 4th of July and if you think the waft of smoke couldn’t get any thicker on the boardwalk then you haven’t seen a 420 day Venice-style.
There’s speculation as to where the term 420, in reference to marijuana came from, the most common theory being, 420 was police code for “pot smoking in progress”. Apparently a stoner overheard some cops saying it somewhere near San Rafael, California in the late ’70s and the term stuck.
Since the ’70s, however, the potency of pot, according to the University of Mississippi’s Potency Monitoring Project, has increased by quite a lot.
In 1978 the average level of THC – marijuanas main psychoactive ingredient – was 1.37 percent. In 2008, it was 8.49 percent.
In 2003 SB 420, commonly referred to as the Medical Marijuana Program Act, was passed and not even the author of the bill remembers the parties responsible for naming it!
While many agree there are benefits to the medicinal use of cannabis there are concerns for the recreational abuse of the drug.
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…oh, and did you know all the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction,” are set to 4:20?