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The Smoke And Mirrors Of 4/20: Debunking The Myths And Misconceptions

By Mwenje Muhoro

Every year on April 20th, people around the world celebrate 4/20, a day that has become synonymous with the use of cannabis. The day is symbolized by the use of marijuana, mostly in form of smoking joints or using vaporizers. In the midst of all the smoke and mirrors of 4/20, there are a number of myths and misconceptions that have become connected to the day. In this article, we will traverse through these myths and separate facts from fiction.

Myth #1: 4/20 is the police code for marijuana possession.
One of the most common myths associated with 4/20 is that it is the police code for marijuana possession. However, this is not true at all. However, the code for 4/20 as a marijuana possession is unclear, but it is believed to have originated in the 1970s from a group of high school teens from California. The group was known as ‘Waidos’ who would meet at 4:20 pm to smoke Marijuana, and then the term became popular.

Myth #2: Smoking marijuana on 4/20 is legal.
While 4/20 has become a day of festivities for cannabis enthusiasts, it is important to note that smoking Marijuana is still illegal in many parts of the world. It is illegal to buy or sell any amount of cannabis in Kenya.

Myth #3: Marijuana is not addictive
While marijuana is not as addictive as drugs such as heroin or cocaine, it can still be addictive for some users. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 9% of people who use marijuana will become addicted to it. Withdrawal symptoms can include irritability, insomnia, and loss of appetite.

4/20 has become a day of celebration for many cannabis enthusiasts around the world. However, it is important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the myths and misconceptions surrounding marijuana.