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Willie Nelson Calls For 4/20 to Be Recognized as a National Holiday

by Halle Ames
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For most people, today is a regular Tuesday in April. For Willie Nelson, it’s one of the biggest days of the year, or should we say highest.

If you are one of our readers that enjoy sparking one up, Willie Nelson has a holiday for you.

Willie Nelson’s Favorite Day of the Year

April 20, or 4/20, it is known for being a day to celebrate cannabis called “Weed Day”. To put it “bluntly,” the day gets its name from a story of five high school students in 1971.

According to Time’s article from 2018, “The most credible story traces 4/20 to Marin County, Calif. In 1971, five students at San Rafael High School would meet at 4:20 p.m. by the campus’ statue of chemist Louis Pasteur to partake. They chose that specific time because extracurricular activities had usually ended by then. They would say “420” to each other as code for marijuana.”

Our Royal Highness, Willie Nelson, is now asking President Joe Biden to make the day a national holiday, called “High Holidays.”

Fox News states that Nelson created a petition for the special day, which has gained more than 2,000 signatures. The artist hopes that from April 20 until Nelson’s birthday on the 29th will be a celebration of his birth as well as “marijuana advocate’s birthday.”

The petition to the President and the US Congress reads, “the fine people of Luck, Texas, and supporters of the great Willie Nelson, on behalf of cannabis users around the nation, are writing today to ask you to consider declaring the nine days spanning April 20 to April 29 an official national holiday: the ‘High Holidays.”

The Petition Wants to End Stigma

However, the petition continues, saying it is less about wanting to be stoned for nine days straight and more about the stereotype behind smoking. The group hopes to start “a conversation about ending the negative perception that surrounds cannabis and weed culture.”

“We believe that recognition of the ‘High Holidays’ opens the door to much-needed dialogue supporting the many benefits of cannabis while helping to remove the unjustified stigmas currently surrounding this amazing plant,” it reads.

They also quote Willie Nelson, saying that God put the plant on Earth for a reason.

“Please puff, puff, and pass this to your friends in Congress for consideration,” it continues. “When you do, reflect on the immortal words of Willie: ‘I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?'”

Willie Nelson feels very strongly about cannabis, often singing about it and advocating on its behalf.

Although, “In 2019, he shocked the world when he suggested that he’d quit smoking weed. However, it turns out the musician merely meant that his lungs struggle with inhaling smoke at 87, and he now favors edibles and vaping.”