Police arrested 12 people as thousands gathered in Hyde Park to mark the capital’s annual demonstration calling for the drug to be decriminalized.
4/20 has been celebrated across the world since the 1970s. According to people I spoke to at the event, the ‘high holiday’ takes its name from a group of Californian high school students who would meet up to smoke.
The teenagers, who named themselves the Waldos, would meet every day at 4.20pm by a statue of Louis Pasteur to smoke marijuana.
In 2012 one of the Waldos, Steve Capper, now 63, told The Huffington Post: “We would remind each other in the hallways we were supposed to meet up at 4.20. It originally started out 4.20-Louis, and we eventually dropped the Louis”.
In the late 1960s The Grateful Dead, an American rock band, moved to California and befriended the Waldos. Because of this 4/20 spread among the bands worldwide fan base, with drug culture magazine High Times eventually taking notice of the phrase.
Cannabis is the most widely-used illegal drug in Britain but it remains a criminal offence to possess or supply it. Possession can result in up to five years in jail, and supply can result in 14 years and an unlimited fine.
Most cannabis smokers report the herb tends to make people feel pleasant, calm, and relaxed. Here are a few sensations that are common with cannabis:
- Skewed perception of time
- Easy movements, bodily relaxation
- Joy, euphoria,
- Drowsiness or increased mental energy
- Nausea, and increased feeling of hunger ‘munchies’
In some cases, the drug may cause feelings of anxiety, suspicion, panic and paranoia. Those who are worried about the effects of cannabis should Talk to Frank.