National Marijuana Day

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Welcome to the wacky world of National Marijuana Day! Get ready to roll with laughter and learn about the high times surrounding this smokin' celebration.

When is Marijuana Day?

It's national marijuana day on the 20th April.

A Puff of History

Celebrated on April 20th, National Marijuana Day is a day to embrace the cultural and medicinal significance of marijuana in an informative and responsible way. The origins of this day can be traced back to a group of teenagers in California in the 1970s who, for cryptic reasons, designated 4:20 p.m. as the perfect time to light up. Since then, the popularity of the date and time has spread like wildfire, becoming a beloved holiday among weed enthusiasts and progressive minds.

Inhaling the Internet Buzz

The internet buzz on National Marijuana Day is as thick as the smoke in a hotboxed car. With 748 mentions online, it's clear that this day gets people talking—well, maybe a bit slower than usual. The highest number of mentions were recorded on April 20th, 2015, when the online community came together to share their love for the leafy green.

Ups and Downs of Legalization

As the movement to legalize marijuana gains momentum, National Marijuana Day serves as a reminder of the ongoing debate surrounding this controversial plant. While some view it as a source of medicinal relief and a potential economic boon, others continue to have concerns about its potential risks and societal impact. Remember, folks, whatever side you're on, respect and open-mindedness are key!

Did You Know?

Cannabis and hemp have been cultivated for thousands of years for various purposes. In fact, the first recorded use of cannabis as a therapeutic herb dates back to ancient China around 2727 BCE. Talk about an ancient remedy!

History behind the term 'Marijuana'


The Early Days of Cannabis

The term 'marijuana' traces its roots back to the late 19th century when cannabis started to gain popularity in the United States. However, the word itself has Mexican origins. It was derived from the Spanish word 'marihuana' which was used to describe the psychoactive parts of the cannabis plant.


Anti-Marijuana Movement

During the 1930s, a strong anti-marijuana sentiment led to the demonization of the plant. As part of the effort to associate cannabis with negative stereotypes, the term 'marijuana' was adopted by anti-drug campaigns. This helped create a public perception that marijuana was a dangerous drug, leading to its eventual prohibition.


Marijuana Prohibition

In 1970, the United States passed the Controlled Substances Act, which classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug, effectively making it illegal at the federal level. This solidified the negative connotations associated with the term 'marijuana' and further fueled the perception of it as a harmful substance.


Shifting Attitudes and Legalization

As public opinion on marijuana started to shift in the 1990s, with increased recognition of its potential medical benefits, efforts were made to reframe the conversation around cannabis. The term 'marijuana' began to fall out of favor, with advocates and researchers preferring to use the more neutral term 'cannabis' to dissociate it from its negative past.

21st Century

Legalization and Mainstream Use

In recent years, there has been a significant shift in attitudes towards marijuana, leading to its legalization for medical and recreational use in many jurisdictions. With this acceptance, the term 'marijuana' has regained some acceptance. However, there is still an ongoing debate about the appropriateness of the term and its historical context.

Did you know?

Did you know that the word 'marijuana' originated from Mexican Spanish? It's derived from the Nahuatl word 'mallihuan', meaning 'prisoner'. So next time you hear the term, you can impress your friends with this ganja-linguistic nugget!


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First identified

20th April 2015

Most mentioned on

20th April 2015

Total mentions


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