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4:20 Day is More Than Just Grass in The Park
Posted by CN Staff on April 21, 2005 at 08:28:01 PT
By Richard McKeethen, Correspondent
Source: Oakland Tribune 
San Francisco -- With a loud cheer that reverberated around the grassy fields of Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park, hundreds of Bay Area residents marked the passage of 4:20 day in San Francisco on Wednesday. While the origins of 4:20 day, also known as the annual celebration of marijuana, are unclear, many city residents and others from as far as Santa Rosa came out to enjoy the sunshine, toting marijuana paraphernalia.
Not everyone came out to partake of pot  many, like Matthew Robinson and his friend, Keri Sedor, just wanted to take a break on a warm mid-April day. "I'm here, basically, for the sunshine, not the big movement," Robinson said. "It's clear that people love the smoke. I smoke here and there, but I don't need to promote it." Sedor agreed. "I don't smoke (pot)," Sedor said. "I didn't go to work today, and I just wanted to see how many people were here. I enjoy the culture. We just like to be happy.  It's relaxed, and people (here) seem to be more concerned with what's on the inside." For a couple of hours in the afternoon, a group of drummers kept up a continual beat, pounding on wooden drums while others danced. San Francisco police apprently did not interfere in the massive pot party in Golden Gate Park, even though a department substation sits just two blocks away. Nina-Patricia Badel and her partner, Ivy Elwyn, better known by their stage names of DJ Ninika and the Fire Goddess, traveled from Santa Rosa to twirl colorful flags and streamers to the beat of the drummers in the park. According to Badel, she's celebrated 4:20 day for several years now. "We're here to relax," Badel said. "I'm loving it." Some participants handed out sticks of incense while many women dressed in colorful flowing skirts held flowers. Guitarist Steven Mungumbo shook his head when he was asked if he'd ever celebrated 4:20 day before. "This is the first time   not that I haven't celebrated its significance, or insignificance rather. One of the drummers in the drum circle kinda dragged me out," Mungumbo said. But not everyone in the park Wednesday was clued in to the 4:20 code. Siena Milia, 18, and her father, Joseph, walked around the crowd taking photos with digital cameras, but Siena didn't think her father understood why so many people were in the park. When asked if her father knew what 4:20 day was, Siena shrugged.  "Probably not," she said. "My daughter and I both like photography, and she's got a spring break," Joseph Milia said. "I wanted to give my daughter something to shoot." Note: San Francisco enjoys sunny annual celebration of marijuana.Source: Oakland Tribune (CA)Author: Richard McKeethen, Correspondent Published: April 21, 2005Copyright: 2005 MediaNews Group, Inc. Contact: triblet angnewspapers.com Website: http://www.oaklandtribune.com/CannabisNews -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on April 21, 2005 at 15:47:37 PT
Hi John66!
It's great to see you again! Of course I remember you. Good going on your degree! I can dig it! LOL! Yes we still live in Ohio!
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Comment #5 posted by John66 on April 21, 2005 at 15:38:34 PT:
Hey there FoM!!!
Remember me from Scotty's "Legalize" site?How's it going? Are you still living in Ohio?I'm graduating from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in accounting on May 14. Can you dig it?  My email should show shouldn't it? If you want to get ahold of me, go ahead.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 21, 2005 at 15:37:22 PT
lombar
I found one article from the Canadian Press. Here it is. http://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread20554.shtml
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Comment #3 posted by lombar on April 21, 2005 at 15:23:34 PT
I did not get to go to a 4/20 but
I just happened to be driving by a big gathering in Vancouver at about 4:30 yesterday (4/20). I was driving by and I looked out the window and up into the air, I had to rub my eyes because it looked odd, kinda smokey, like there was a fire or something. My eyes dropped to the ground and I was surprised to see what looked like at least 500-1000(maybee more, looked like quite a throng) people enjoying a day in the park. There was so much material being combusted that the smoke was literally billowing. It occurred to me then...its on 4/20 at or around 4:20 pm :)A peaceful assembly of citizen enjoying some fine cannabis. Now what is wrong with that? Was there mayhem? Just clouds and the happy people riding them.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 21, 2005 at 14:32:08 PT
Off Topic: House Approves Energy Bill
Thursday, April 21, 2005WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House approved a broad energy bill Thursday aimed at boosting domestic production, including provisions to allow oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge and to shield makers of a gasoline additive from water contamination lawsuits.http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/04/21/energy.bill.mtbe.ap/
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 21, 2005 at 09:34:52 PT
Enjoy The Culture
I really liked this part of the article. We are a culture that cares more about the inside of a person and that makes me feel good inside.***"I don't smoke (pot)," Sedor said. "I didn't go to work today, and I just wanted to see how many people were here. I enjoy the culture. We just like to be happy. It's relaxed, and people (here) seem to be more concerned with what's on the inside." 
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