Saturday, 4/20, seen as symbolic day for marijuana use supporters
Saturday is a symbolic day for people throughout the country who support the use of marijuana. Saturday is 4/20.
“4/20 is the unofficial marijuana liberation day,” said Keith Johnson with Indiana NORML on Indy Politics. “It started back in the ’70s.”
More specifically, 4/20 has its origins in California where a group of high school students would cut class at 4:20 in the afternoon to go try and find an abandoned marijuana plant based on a treasure map by the grower. Their story was published years later by High Times magazine which popularized their story and thus the term and date “4/20” entered the mainstream.
Here in Indiana, marijuana is still completely illegal even though state after state elsewhere begins to loosen their collective grip on the drug. Johnson and Indiana NORML lobby state lawmakers to legalize it.
“We had eight and a half decades of propaganda (against pot) in Indiana,” said Johnson. “That a very difficult stigma to overcome to be quite honest, and much of the older generation still clings to that.”
Johnson said there is hope for marijuana advocates out there as he says the stigma is “dying off”. Another part of the problem with legalizing pot has been fear from those running for public office. He said many times political candidates have had to posture to their party base on marijuana saying that it should be illegal just to get elected; even if in reality they think otherwise.
Recent polling by Indy Politics shows that an overwhelming majority of conservative voters surveyed (67%) now support the legalization of pot, especially for medicinal purposes.
“They no longer have to worry about not being elected for supporting cannabis legalization,” Johnson said. “That should alleviate a lot of fears. I hope a lot of our state politicians see that messaging.”
Among the candidates for governor, a majority of supporters for each candidate support legalizing pot. In fact, polling data showed that 82-percent of Curtis Hill’s supporters want to see pot legalized. Hill has been one of the candidates most ardently opposed pot.
Johnson said that statistic is pretty telling.
“At what point does disconnect, or just choosing not to hear the message, become neglect of the people? Neglect of the people that support you,” he said.
Gov. Eric Holcomb has been one of the biggest obstacles to legalizing pot in Indiana. He has said numerous times that he will not support it until pot is at least legalized on the federal level.

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Tom King April 20, 2024 at 1:09 pm

Well, I know that I won’t be voting for gov. Eric Holcomb.
I’ll be voting for someone who can appreciate all of the uses that marijuana has as much as I do.
Spark it up.

Charles U Farley April 21, 2024 at 10:36 am

Remember how unhinged the GOP became over Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to outlaw a glass of pop over 16oz? Or how they rebelled against the mandatory vaccines using the pro-abortion lobby’s words against them (“my body my choice”)?

It’s ironic that they have no problem with the government enforcing those types of tyrannical edicts as long as it is one they agree with.

THIS is symbolic of why the GOP just keeps losing support. Choose freedom!

Debbie Geiger April 22, 2024 at 1:12 am

I will not vote for him either. I believe he will lose a lot of votes because of his views on Marijauna. He needs to be concerned about the drugs that are out there killing people!


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