Compromise of UN treaties helps legitimize 420 industry

As Canada moves forward with Bill C-45, federal legislation grapples with  questions concerning Canada’s position relative to the UN drug control conventions.  Legalization would make Canada the first G7 country to adopt legal adult recreational cannabis use.   This compromise allows for the majority of public opposition to prohibition while balancing federal non compliance to UN treaties, as Canada moves forward with federal legalization of non-medicinal cannabis in 2018.

International political factors historically impose ‘suppression conventions’ that underpin a range of prohibition regimes in international law, thereby limiting market growth and development in fringe industry.  These conventions may become questionable in time and therefore ought to be open to review and re-interpretation.

Policy Report 7 by the joint committees of GDPO, WOLA and TNI advocate Inter se  modification of the UN drug control conventions to facilitate cannabis regulation. This policy procedure would help to study, shape and characterize future drug control system shifts within the legal boundaries of international law, a modification facilitating a solid legal basis from which to learn how different models of the industry operate within acceptable international policy, rather than those that oppose or oppress.

Within new federal policy and legislation, Canadian banks such as TD Bank, have announced they would consider participating in the cannabis sector once recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada later this year.  This marks a major step towards legitimacy and the acceptability criteria used to determine a tolerable level of risk for financing a market; one example of how government regulation helps affect and promote new industry and economic development.

Origin of the term ‘420 friendly’

Where did the term ‘420 friendly’ come from?

According to folk legend, the origin of the term goes back to the fall of 1971. The Waldos, a group of high school students from San Rafael CA., would remind each other to meet after school at 4:20 where they would smoke weed and hunt for a rumored marijuana plantation.

How did 420 spread across the globe?

Grateful Dead concerts were ground zero for the new lingo adoption.  Since the Waldos attended many Grateful Dead parties and rehearsals, the code word 420 entered the stage.

Then, as the Dead toured the globe, the phrase was adopted and spread though the hippie underground.

High Times claims 420 

In 1997, High Times purchased the web domain  “I started incorporating it into everything we were doing,” said High Times editor Steve Hager.  “Doing all these big events – the World Hemp Expo Extravaganza and the Cannabis Cup – and we built everything around 420. The publicity that High Times gave it is what made it an international thing. Until then, it was relatively confined to the Grateful Dead subculture.”

4:20 Waldos and High Times Magazine set the record straight.

“No one’s been able to come up with any use of 4:20 that predates the 1971 usage which they had established,” says Hager.  “So unless somebody can come up with something that predates that, then I don’t think anybody else is going to get credit for the origin of 420 other than them.”

The meaning of ‘420 friendly’

You’ve seen ad sections in Craig’s List or on Kijiji searching for ‘420 friendly‘ roommates.  Have you ever wondered what the term 420 meant or where it came from?

Generally speaking, 420 means:  dry herb cannabis.  Hence ‘420 friendly’ refers to relaxed views on or an advocate for marijuana use.