It’s April 20th. Do You Know What Your Kids are Smoking?

4/20 Rallies to legalize marijuana

I just told my daughter that if she comes home from University for the rest of the weekend, not to bug her younger brother for the car. Why, she asked?

Because he said he always gives you the car so you’ll stop nagging him.

Oh, Mom, she said. He won’t want the car anyways. It’s 4/20.

I’d completely forgotten it’s April 20th since I’m away with the husband on a Bridget-Jones-Style Mini-Break. But, yes, it is 4/20, otherwise known as Weed Day. If I’d remembered that this particular event was this weekend, I probably wouldn’t have gone away. Sneaky kids. (However, I think the sister is wrong and the boy is at home watching cartoons. At least that’s what I’m telling myself…She is supposed to be studying for finals. Let’s also pretend she’s doing that.)

Thousands of Canadians are assembling today on Parliament Hill and many others will gather in cities across North America to mark the event known as 4/20, the annual rally for the legalization of marijuana. (

I’d actually never heard of 4/20 until a few years ago when I was on a business trip to Vancouver.

After my meetings, I decided to take a walk around the city. Vancouver is pretty compact-you can walk from one end to the other of the downtown core in about an hour. Now, if you aren’t familiar with Vancouver, its sort of considered the Berkeley of Canada, probably due to it’s location on the West Coast, and it’s proximity to Whistler, land of the Snowboarder (hello Spicoli). Unwittingly, in my travels, I wandered into what appeared to be the dawning of Aquarius. I wasn’t entirely surprised, as there are a lot of aging hippies and New Agers in the city. But, by the time I’d made it through the throng,  craving a pound of chocolate and Nacho Doritos, I was confused.

I was also the proud owner of a woven friendship bracelet and a tie-dyed t-shirt.

It wasn’t until later that I found out that it was a rally (read giant street Pot Party) for the legalization of Marijuana. (Translate: I’m an out-of-the-loop Mom.)

The existence of 4/20 is interesting, especially this year, when two states in the US have already legalized Marijuana.

Do you think your kids are participating in the festivities, I mean the demonstration? Do you care?

More importantly, are YOU?




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