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420 Day: Celebrating Cannabis Culture, Legalization, and Medicinal Benefits

“Join the global celebration of 420 Day, advocating for cannabis legalization and exploring the medicinal benefits of marijuana. Happy 420!”

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420 Day, also known as Weed Day, has become an annual celebration for cannabis enthusiasts around the world. On this day, people come together to advocate for the legalization of marijuana, share their experiences, explore the medicinal benefits, and have some good old-fashioned fun.


The movement towards the legalization of marijuana has gained significant momentum in recent years. With more and more states in the US legalizing either medicinal or recreational use, it’s clear that attitudes towards cannabis are shifting. The benefits of legalization include increased tax revenue, regulation of the industry, and a shift in law enforcement priorities toward more pressing matters.

One of the reasons why 420 Day holds such significance is its deep-rooted history. The term “420” originated back in the 1970s, when a group of high school students in California would gather at 4:20 PM to smoke marijuana. This soon became their secret code for meeting up and indulging in their favorite pastime. The term gained further popularity when one of the students, Dave Reddix, who happened to be a roadie for the Grateful Dead, shared it with the band. From there, it spread like wildfire and became synonymous with cannabis culture.

In 1991, High Times magazine printed a flyer inviting people to gather on April 20th, 1990, at 4:20 PM for a smoke-filled event. This event further solidified the association between 420 and cannabis, forever memorializing the date.

Nowadays, 420 Day is a chance for people all over the world to come together, both physically and digitally, to celebrate their love for marijuana. Social media platforms are flooded with posts, hashtags, and discussions about the plant, its benefits, and the ongoing fight for its legalization.

So, how can you celebrate 420 Day? Well, there are plenty of options! You can share your thoughts and experiences about marijuana, educate yourself about the laws and legislation in your state, or dive into the realm of medicinal cannabis and its potential benefits. And of course, don’t forget to use the hashtag #420Day to join in and connect with others who are also celebrating this special day.

As 420 Day continues to grow in popularity, it serves as a reminder that the conversation surrounding marijuana is evolving. Whether you’re an advocate for legalization, a casual cannabis user, or simply curious about the topic, 420 Day offers a platform for open dialogue and a chance to learn, connect, and celebrate together. So grab your favorite strain, roll a joint, and let the festivities begin! Happy 420 Day!

420 (cannabis culture)

In cannabis culture, the term “420” or “4:20” refers to the consumption of marijuana and hashish, particularly smoking around 4:20 pm (16:20). It is also associated with cannabis-related celebrations that occur annually on April 20th (4/20 in U.S. date format).

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Other 420 Facts

Traffic Safety and Marijuana Use

Despite two studies reporting an increase in the risk of fatal motor vehicle crashes on April 20, further investigation and analysis found no evidence to support such claims.

 Street sign theft?

Theft of signs with the number 420 is common in the US. In Colorado, the Colorado Department of Transportation replaced the Mile Marker 420 sign on I-70 east of Denver with one that reads 419.99 to prevent theft, but it was also stolen and became a tourist attraction. The sign is now missing. After the frequent theft of mile marker signs with the number 69, the Colorado DOT started replacing them with 68.5 mile signs. Similarly, the Idaho Department of Transportation replaced the mile marker 420 sign on U.S. Highway 95 with mile marker 419.9, and the Washington State Department of Transportation replaced one of their two 420 signs, but the remaining one was stolen. According to The Washington Post, there are eleven 420 mile markers in the US after replacements and thefts. In Goodhue County, Minnesota, 420 St street signs were changed to 42x St. The mile marker 420 sign on U.S. Route 89 in Utah is frequently stolen.

Legislation and other government recognition

In 2003, the California Senate introduced Senate Bill 420 to regulate the use of medical marijuana, deliberately referencing the significance of 420 in marijuana culture. In 2010, an unsuccessful bill to legalize cannabis in Guam was called Bill 420. Similarly, a bill to legalize cannabis in North Dakota was introduced in January 2021, known as HB 1420.

On April 20, 2018, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York), the Senate Minority Leader, announced the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act. This act aims to decriminalize and deschedule cannabis in the United States. Additionally, on January 9, 2019, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) introduced H.R. 420 to the 116th Congress. The bill is called the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act and aims to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and return the regulation to the states.

The State of Colorado held an auction for cannabis-themed personalized license plates in 2021. The bidding was set to close on April 20 (4/20) and the highest bid before the auction closed was over $6,500 for plate “ISIT420.”

After Initiative 71 legalized cannabis in Washington, D.C. in 2014, Mayor Muriel Bowser granted license plate number 420 to the leader of the campaign, Adam Eidinger.

Literature?

There are cannabis cookbooks available with “420” in their title, such as The 420 Cannabis Cookbook published by Simon & Schuster, and The 420 Gourmet published by HarperCollins in 2016.There are cannabis cookbooks available with “420” in their title, such as The 420 Cannabis Cookbook published by Simon & Schuster, and The 420 Gourmet published by HarperCollins in 2016.

Elon Musk controversy

In 2018, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk tweeted his intention to take his company private at $420 per share. The price was widely believed to reference marijuana culture. In 2023, a jury found him not guilty of misleading investors. During the trial, Musk testified that any association with cannabis was purely coincidental. Later in 2022, Musk bought Twitter at a price per share of $54.20. He acknowledged the reference to marijuana culture and explained that he did it because his girlfriend found it amusing.

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The Weather Network launches its first advertising campaign using an AI-assisted Avatar

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OAKVILLE, ON, June 11, 2024 /CNW/ – The Weather Network has launched a first-of-kind ad campaign using an AI-Assisted Avatar of their own Content Creator and Presenter, Rachel Schoutsen. The Weather Network partnered with Home Hardware Stores Limited to showcase storefront and local store callouts where Rachel’s AI-Assisted Avatar covers an Ontario summer forecast, plus a summer sale call to action, designed to drive traffic to Home Hardware locations across Ontario.

Watch this video to see Rachel Schoutsen’s avatar in action

Rachel Schoutsen’s avatar in action.

By leveraging advanced AI technologies, The Weather Network is now able to deliver hyper-local forecasts on a larger scale, providing communities and local economies with opportunities to prepare for and respond to weather-related events. The Weather Network’s mission is to keep its users safe and informed with accurate and localized weather information.

“This partnership puts Home Hardware front and centre when Canadians are engaging with weather content and planning for the summer ahead,” said Simon Jennings, CRO, The Weather Network. “Canadians want to know what to expect as they plan their busiest social days and holidays and can purchase the right products for the weather forecast in their area.”

“Home Hardware is a business built on serving small communities across the country and we are proud to support The Weather Network’s innovative efforts to do the same through AI technology,” said Laura Baker, Chief Marketing Officer, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “Our more than 1,000 stores and the Dealers who operate them make it their mission to provide comprehensive support for all our customers’ home improvement needs within their communities. That means helping Canadians complete and enjoy their outdoor home improvement and yard maintenance projects while also preparing for any inclement weather events.”

With a focus on helping users and businesses make informed decisions using cutting-edge technology, The Weather Network is committed to ensuring the use of avatars in its promotional materials aligns with the highest ethical standards. All promotional materials have a clear disclaimer to ensure its viewers are well informed of AI-created content. In addition, employee avatars are used with their consent and an agreement to participate.

“We are excited about this latest innovation and the opportunities it will provide to our consumers and businesses,” said Maureen Rogers, Managing Director Editorial & Public Alerting, The Weather Network. “As with any new product we launch, we value their input and will use it to continuously improve the product to meet their needs and deliver products that exceed their expectations. We are delighted to have partnered with Home Hardware on piloting this new product with us.”

The Weather Network recently launched Your Weather Assistant, a generative AI tool to transform the way people consume weather information. The introduction of its newly developed AI-Assisted Avatar demonstrates Pelmorex Corp.’s, owner of The Weather Network, commitment to innovation as it evolves into an AI-frontiered weather and climate organization.

About Pelmorex Corp.
Pelmorex Corp., founded in 1989, is an international weather information and data management company. Pelmorex owns and operates the weather brands The Weather Network, MétéoMédia, Eltiempo.es, Clima, and Otempo.pt. It also operates Canada’s National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination System, part of Alert Ready. Through constant innovation and entrepreneurship, Pelmorex has grown to reach consumers around the globe, has become one of the largest weather information providers and has broken new ground in providing data solutions and insights to businesses. Through harnessing the value of weather, Pelmorex is driven to make the world smarter and safer for consumers and businesses. 

To learn more, visit pelmorex.com and follow us on X (platform formerly known as Twitter), Instagram and LinkedIn.

About Home Hardware Stores Limited

Founded 60 years ago in St. Jacobs, Ontario, Home Hardware Stores Limited is proudly Canadian and the country’s largest Dealer-owned and operated home improvement retailer with more than 1,000 stores operating under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners. The Home Hardware Dealer network improves life at home by providing superior home improvement retail experiences through helpful advice and a deep understanding of the communities they serve. Home Hardware Stores Limited is designated as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and recognized as one of Canada’s Best Employers. More information about the company is available at homehardware.ca.

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NASA’s Newest Spaceplane: Dream Chaser Tenacity Arriving at Kennedy Space Center

Dream Chaser Tenacity arrives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a milestone in enhancing ISS resupply missions. New era of commercial spaceplanes begins.

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Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser Tenacity has made an exciting arrival at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, marking a significant milestone in NASA’s initiative to enhance commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station. This uncrewed spaceplane, part of a fleet planned by Sierra Space, is set to deliver 7,800 pounds of cargo using a ULA Vulcan rocket for its inaugural mission.

Pre-Launch Testing and Preparation
Before its arrival at Kennedy Space Center, Dream Chaser Tenacity underwent rigorous testing and preparation. From vibration testing to exposure to extreme temperatures and pressures, the spaceplane and its cargo module, Shooting Star, were meticulously prepared for their journey to the ISS.

Final Preparations at Kennedy
Now at Kennedy Space Center, Dream Chaser Tenacity is undergoing final testing and prelaunch processing inside the Space Systems Processing Facility. The spaceplane is set to launch atop a ULA Vulcan rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, marking the beginning of its mission to deliver cargo to the orbiting laboratory.

Design and Capabilities
With its lifting body design and unique winged structure, Dream Chaser is capable of transporting cargo to and from low Earth orbit and landing on a runway similar to NASA’s space shuttle. The spaceplane, along with the Shooting Star cargo module, offers a versatile and efficient means of resupplying the ISS.

Certification and In-Orbit Operations
Once in orbit, Dream Chaser Tenacity will undergo a series of demonstrations to showcase its maneuverability and docking capabilities. After delivering cargo to the ISS and completing its mission, the spaceplane will return to Kennedy’s Launch and Landing Facility for inspection and preparation for future missions.

The arrival of Dream Chaser Tenacity at Kennedy Space Center heralds a new era in commercial resupply missions to the ISS, showcasing the capabilities of Sierra Space’s innovative spaceplane technology. As NASA continues to expand its partnerships with commercial providers, the Dream Chaser fleet stands ready to support the agency’s goals in low Earth orbit exploration.

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches First Crewed Starliner

“The first human spaceflight launch signifies the start of a new era for ULA.”

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CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — For the first time in history, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V carrying NASA astronauts aboard Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner lifted off on June 5 at 10:52 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41 (SLC-41) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. The launch of NASA astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Sunita “Suni” Williams marks the return of human spaceflight to Cape Canaveral and extends the Atlas legacy, echoing the launch of U.S. astronaut John Glenn aboard a heritage Atlas LV-3B rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 1962.

The inaugural human spaceflight launch marks the beginning of a new era for ULA
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying NASA astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Sunita “Suni” Williams aboard the Boeing Starliner spacecraft lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 at 10:52 a.m. EDT on June 5, 2024. Photos by United Launch Alliance

“Safety is a critical part of the ULA decision-making process, and we are deeply honored to have been entrusted with the responsibility of starting the astronauts on their journey to the International Space Station, one that we will watching throughout their mission,” said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Government and Commercial Programs. “ULA has performed a tremendous amount of work in conjunction with our partners at Boeing and NASA to ensure our designs provide the highest level of safety to the crew and we will continue to prioritize our dedication to safety as we look forward to future launches in support of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.”

While the mission is continuing, the Atlas V rocket’s job is complete and safely delivered the Starliner and crew to a 98-nautical mile (nmi) sub-orbital trajectory. Following separation from the Atlas V, the Starliner engines ignited to place the crew on their orbital path to the space station.

“My congratulations and sincerest gratitude to our unrivaled team and exceptional partners on the launch of a new era in human spaceflight aboard one of the most reliable rockets in the world,” said Tory Bruno, ULA’s president and CEO. “It’s a profound honor to assist in enabling assured reliability and redundancy of crewed launches.”

All rockets are not created equal. ULA is the nation’s most experienced, reliable and accurate launch service provider delivering unmatched value, a tireless drive to improve, and commitment to the extraordinary. Vulcan’s inaugural launch marked the beginning of a new era of space capabilities and provides higher performance and greater affordability while offering the world’s only high energy architecture rocket to deliver any payload, at any time, to any orbit.

For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com and join the conversation on social media @ulalaunch.
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