Earlier this week, millions of Americans celebrated 4/20: the unofficial day to smoke, eat, and/or advocate for marijuana law reform.
While the celebrations were definitely real, the holiday isn't, at least not yet. Bill Maher, host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, is hoping to change that. He has started a petition on Change.org for Congress to recognize April 20 as an actual federal holiday to celebrate marijuana.
The holiday began its origins in the early 1970s. As Maher explained on Real Time, a group of teenagers from California met everyday after school at 4:20 to smoke pot. Eventually, the tradition spread, and eventually grew to take over an entire day, April 20 (4/20).
“Since 24 states now have marijuana being legal in some form, we think it should be a real holiday,” Maher said on his show. “It’s more worthy than Columbus Day. Why should we celebrate that racist psychopath?”
Is it time to take the day celebrating cannabis out of the counter culture and into mainstream American culture? That's effectively what this petition would do, and it seems that a lot of people support that idea. At the time of this writing, the petition has received almost 85% of the 35,000 signatures it is seeking.
Listen to Maher make the case for the holiday (and listen to a great story he wrote) here:
Visit Change.org to sign the petition and spread the word to get a new American holiday in the books!