THE 710 ORIGIN STORY: How a Tinychat Conversation Created a Movement

We’ve all heard about 4/20. The origins of this beloved holiday have been convoluted over the years and the stories have ranged from 420 being police code for marijuana violations (which it never was), to 420 being the active number of chemical compounds in marijuana (it is actually 315), to the story of five high school students who would meet at 4:20pm to smoke and search for a plot of marijuana plants that they heard a Coast Guard in Point Reyes had been forced to abandon. These five high school students, called the Waldos, never found the stash they hoped to discover but they did start a code for cannabis that would grow into a movement they never could have imagined.

But what about the other annual cannabis commemoration, 710? The number 710 has been used as a symbol for oil for a long time in jokes (a blonde coming in and asking for a 710 cap), and even in political comics commentating on the invasion of Iraq but when did this first get coined for the cannabis community? We believe we have found the source… and it all started in a “Tinychat” chat room.

“That’s how it started. Three companies hanging out in a tinychat taking dabs.” – Task Rok

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END 4/20 SHAME: The Marijuana Mom

“Marijuana Mom” two words that don’t typically go together unless you’re a teenager terrified that you’re about to be caught with a joint. The idea of a mom consuming is something that just doesn’t compute, or if it does, it’s something she did in her “wild yester years.”

That’s changing.

Now, there’s a growing group of marijuana moms who not only consume, but are also advocates for cannabis. These moms believe in the medicinal benefits of marijuana for things like PTSD, depression, and pain, and they believe that consuming doesn’t make them a worse parent. In fact, it makes them better.

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West Coast Wanderings: Seattle Through A Smoky Lens

A scattershot exploration of Seattle, Washington taken in from a vantage point as high as the Space Needle.

The battered, graffiti-burdened vending machine is a mechanical relic of the not-so-distant past — a past I briefly access through a synaptic flash of fragmented but vivid memory: a 12-year-old me at an Albuquerque roller skating rink that smells like popcorn, nacho cheese and cigarette smoke, dropping shiny quarters into a crisply polished, factory fresh Coke machine of the same design.

As my mind dials back to the present, the shiny clear plastic buttons on the machine fade to dull, scratch-cataracted shells of their former selves. Gone with the luster of the buttons are the colorful soda logos within, all replaced with deliberately misaligned, multicolored letters queerly accented by backwards question marks, all spelling out the same word — “MYSTERY.”

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Bob Weir Arranges Super Stony Surprise Meeting

Call it stoner folklore if you want, but by now most people have heard the tale of how the term “420” originated.

In the ’70s, a group of five friends from San Rafael High School, who called themselves the Waldos, would meet up daily at 4:20 p.m. to light up. By 1990, a mysterious flyer promoting 420 began circulating at Grateful Dead shows, and in 1991, HIGH TIMES published the text from that mysterious flyer—forever cementing April 20 (4/20) as the highest of holidays.

Fast forward four decades, and the entire 420-Waldos-Grateful Dead tale has come full circle.

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THREE YEAR BAN ON DENVER’S 4/20 EVENT

April 20th is a global holiday. People all over the world, even if they do not partake know about the celebrations and marches in the thousands that show up in support of legalization. Denver, Colorado is one such place and is a place where cannabis has been largely accepted, but that does not mean that there isn’t still a large community of people who oppose both the consumption of and the celebratory events that surround the flower. Denver’s Mayor, is one of those people. Mayor Michael Hancock’s opinion on marijuana has gone back and forth and many are attributing the three year ban, $11,965 fine and $190 in damages charged to the organizers of Denver’s 4/20 event as an unjust bias rather than legitimate city concerns.

Five main concerns were plugged in an 11-page letter addressed to event organizer Miguel Lopez and attorney Robert Corry by Parks and Recreation and Mayor Hancock.

Four noise complaints

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Anti-Legalization Governor Lied to Keep Pot Illegal

April 20 was a big day for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.

While marijuana users in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada were enjoying the first stoner’s holiday in the era of marijuana legalization—approved in all four of those states on Election Day in the fall—Ducey was in Atlanta, taking a victory lap for his role in handing legalization, which a majority of Americans support, its lone loss on Election Day.

And he was happy to employ Donald Trump-worthy alternative facts while doing it.

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Terps on the Table: Haute Cuisine Meets Cannabis in Seattle

A truly unique culinary event infuses high-end cuisine with top-shelf cannabis; add some of the most interesting people in the Pacific Northwest cannabis industry and a few special guests from across the country and you’ve got the makings of a one-of-a-kind 420 dinner party.

Breaking bread is one of the oldest human rituals: the act of creating and sharing a meal is equal parts ceremony and social contract. Every culture has its own approach to food, but we all eat. And when we eat together we build new bonds — however tenuous — and plant new cultural seeds; some blossom into new recipes, others become new communities.

Cannabis is also a famous creator and strengthener of social ties — many friendships spanning decades were launched by a single joint, smoked over the span of five or so minutes. And hand a joint to those same friends all those decades later and it’s like only five minutes has passed.

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Here’s Why Puerto Rico Is the Newest Hot Pot Travel Spot

For many people, Puerto Rico, nicknamed, “The Island of Enchantment,” brings to mind images of sunny beaches, surf and the beauty of El Yunque—the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Parks system. You’re probably not thinking about weed.

One might assume all the good ganja in the Caribbean is in Jamaica, but that would be a mistake. Puerto Ricans love their marijuana, and it doesn’t seem hard to find good bud at decent prices, at least in San Juan.

Puerto Ricans enjoy weed so much that their 4/20 celebrations, events and political rallies spanned four days this year. From the west side of the island to the capital, residents came out en masse to enjoy, educate and fight for access to everyone’s favorite plant. Some of us in the States could use their energy and dedication to the cause as an inspiration.

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STONER ARCHIVE: Remembering Our Favorite Cannabis Stories

This year for 420 we took to the streets seeking out your best cannabis stories, in honor of the holiday. We ran into a lot of interesting people on our ventures and gathered a few of the best (and strangest) ones.

Jason Horvath:

“My first time I definitely got high! We were young, and it was fall in Virginia. We went behind a school and made a bong out of a Sunny D bottle…I think we even used the juice as bongwater. I don’t remember what was on the radio, but I remember feeling like I was in Star Wars, being pressed back into my seat. I watched the snow fall in the dim of the headlights. I was giggling with a perma-grin on my face the whole ride back into the city. I remember thinking, I want to do this every day of my life. It stills goes down in my book as one of my all-time favorite stoner moments.”

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SF’s ‘Hippie Hill’ 420: Best City-Backed Pot Party Ever

Only 16 miles south of 420’s birthplace at San Rafael High School in Marin County, the city of San Francisco hosted the greatest civic sesh California has seen in the age of legalization to celebrate the date that brings the decades-old catchphrase to life.

The cloud of mystery around what the festivities would look like this year at San Francisco’s “Hippie Hill” in Golden Gate Park lifted quickly. Not only was this the first installment of the event with cannabis legalized for adult-use in California (we’re working on the regulated part), but also the first time it occurred with quasi-approval from city officials.

And by that, we mean the city didn’t actually approve.

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