As Barack Obama was elected to his second term in the White House, two states, Colorado and Washington, legalize the use of marijuana in their states. More than 50,000 people are expected to travel locally and from out of state to Denver’s Civic Center Park to celebrate the 420 counter-culture holiday. At 4:20 PM on April 20th, it’s become a common event for pot smokers to gather and light up for their “unofficial holiday”.
The music world has been influenced by weed culture for years. Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Snoop Dogg, on and on the list goes. Willie Nelson released “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” last year. Teenage fan magazines go crazy when images of Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are seen smoking weed in tabloid pictures. Whatever views you may have on the issue, legalizing the drug is a hot topic in the news. With two prominent states adapting the new laws, the eyes of the nation will be fixed on these two states for future new laws or changes in political views.
In the pas,t April 20th (4/20) was “celebrated” by some as the birthday of Adolf Hitler. The Columbine shootings, the bombing at Oklahoma City, and even the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil rig all occurred on 4/20. Compared to these horrific acts that hurt so many people, the idea of some people meeting in a park to light up and listen to some reggae music seems like less of a big deal in the big picture.
“NATURAL MYSTIC” BOB MARLEY
“YOU DON’T KNOW HOW IT FEELS” TOM PETTY
“MARY JANE” RICK JAMES