At first, I would like to pray from the bottom of my heart for all those who passed away and who lost their lives in the disaster of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake, and I also would like to pray that things will get back to normal as soon as possible. Furthermore, I also want you to forgive me that I write about something that has nothing to do with this disaster and I’m sure this topic which I will write from now will be a bad topic for this time.
I’m supposed to write about the rest of the story from last week about how I can let all my friends stay for free in Tokyo during Tokyo 2020 and I wanted to write about how to do that if I don’t have enough money until that time. However, I moved from Whistler to Vancouver this week, I had a lot of things to do and my laptop suddenly broke,(I hope that only the charger broke) and because of things leading to things, I supposed that it would be difficult to write good sentences of my idea of it. It was just then that the day of April 20th came to me.
What is 420?
420, 4:20, or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) is a code-term that refers to the annual consumption of cannabis and by extension, as a way to identify oneself with cannabis culture. Observances based on the number 420 include smoking cannabis around the time 4:20 p.m., as well as smoking and celebrating cannabis on the date April 20 -refer to Wikipedia
According to Wikipedia, the origin of 420 is a group of people in San Rafael, California hanged out to smoke marijuana at the Louis Pasteur statue on the ground of San Rafael High School as their meeting place, and 4:20 p.m. as their meeting time. They referred to this plan with the phrase “4:20 Louis”. Several failed attempts to find the crop eventually shortened their phrase to simply “4:20”, then it ultimately evolved into a codeword that the teens used to mean marijuana-smoking in general.
And today, April 20th has become a counterculture holiday in North America, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis. Some events have a political nature to them, advocating for the legalization of cannabis.
Yes. I would like to apologize to you that I’m writing about it at this timing again, I had no choice to write good sentences but to rely on this topic because it is an event that happened to me recently and it is easier to write than my idea of Tokyo 2020 or 2016 Kumamoto earthquake.
So, what happened to me on April 20th, 2016?
April 16th of 2016, I left from whistler where I lived since the middle of November, I had a good experience at the ski resort which is my first snowboarding season and I survived that life which started since I arrived there with 60 bucks. The last two weeks after I finished my two jobs, I went up the mountain to snowboard on the snow park and I tried to jump with kickers, drinking and being high with my ex-coworkers every day, then I came back to Vancouver where I had spent time during last summer.
Vancouver’s 420 celebration is one of the biggest celebration of the world. In 2016, unlike years have gone by, the protest was held on a grassy knoll overlooking Sunset Beach rather than the forecourt of the Vancouver Art Gallery, as per tradition. The event, which welcomed thousands of marijuana enthusiasts, boasted hundreds of booths selling a range of pot products, edibles, and merchandise.
On that day, it was a perfect weather. I went to the library for something to do and after 1pm, I started to walk to sunset beach. I was surprised when I arrived at the beach, because of the smell of weed everywhere, all filled with smoke of weed (epithet of marijuana), full of shops that are selling their new products, tons of people were there and of course, everyone smokes weed!!! Yes! I wanna say once more that it was the perfect weather!!
I was supposed to meet friends of Whistler, but we couldn’t meet each other until around 6pm because there were tons of people and I couldn’t find them, but actually I smoked a lot of kinds of weed (there are a lot of samples of weed as well), I spent time shopping for souvenirs for friends of Japan and I was surprised about all those things I saw there (Yes! I was fu*king high!!). Anyway, 4:20pm came to the festival as time went by.
I was excited about the coming of 4:20pm because I have heard that the entire site will be enclosed by a huge smoke on 4:20pm and I guessed that some big smoking machine will make it. I moved in front of the stage for it, there are a lot of musicians and dancers and they celebrated the day of 420. Then, around 4:20pm, they made a line and…
Yes! There wasn’t a big smoking machine but they who made the line through countless joints!!! then they let us count down to that time.
At that moment, everyone light up their joints then the entire site was really enclosed by a huge smoke…
So, I know that this is just a usual blog for friends of Canadians but in my case who is Japanese, it is an unusual thing and I’m not sure if it’s OK to write it on my blog or not.
In 2016, the cannabis (marijuana, weed) is legal as medical cannabis in most states of USA, Canada, Israel, Belgie, Austria, Nederland, UK, Spain, Finland, etc.. and On 10 December 2013, Uruguay became the first nation in the world to legalize the sale, cultivation, and distribution of cannabis. Also, here in Canada, the federal government promises to begin the process of legalizing cannabis in 2017 and we can get cannabis at every dispensary if you have a medical certificate. That’s why people smoke cannabis everywhere and nobody (I think police as well) cares about it.
I don’t really want to say that we, as Japanese, should be legal to smoke cannabis as other countries as I mentioned above immediately. Of course, cannabis is illegal in Japan now, but a lot of countries proved that cannabis is effective for several diseases including cancer and Cannabis can make paper, clothes, and free energy (in place of petroleum) as well. Also, it is an annual plant and we can make those things every year and forever.
However, I think that cannabis is still illegal in Japan with those things because if we grow cannabis we don’t need petroleum energy, several resources, and medicine. (I want to write about it another time)
So, I don’t know what I wanted to say, but in my opinion, I guess we will be like that in the future (probably in 10 years). We can wait to smoke cannabis till that time if you want and we can celebrate 420 as other countries. But the most important point is that it might be too late for it if we can’t change the law immediately. In legal cannabis countries, they would continue with the development of cannabis products and they would substitute it for new energy from petroleum energy or substitute it for medicine from medicine that exists now. It means that Japan would be an absolute country and if they already get a patient for those products, we should pay a lot of money as we are paying energy and medicine today.
Anyway, happy 420 brothers.
I hope from the bottom of my heart that we all can have a peaceful and beautiful future and we can celebrate next 420 together.