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 It's 4:20 in London, England. In the U.K. they drink a lot of tea. Hipsters from the 1950s used to call marijuana "tea." So you can certainly see the 420 connection here, eh, mate?

Check out this awesome video of Big C talking to some concert goers and smoking enthusiasts at the Bob Marley Festival in Jamaica. Also, don't forget to tune in tonight for this year's big 420 special, hosted by Kevin Pereira and Doug Benson of Super High Me. All the action starts at 7:00 PM ET!

AOTS 420: Bob Marley Festival »


 

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Hey, folks, it’s 4:20 somewhere, right? I mean, the date is 4/20, but the time changes relative to where you are, which means that we could totally be having this discussion right now in another place, but would it really be us?

Anyway, at this moment, it’s 4:20 in Amsterdam. Hooray, Amsterdam! To celebrate the day, and our special 420 coverage, check out this video of Kevin and Olivia visiting a mushroom tea house in Jamaica from last year’s 420 special, and, don’t forget to tune in tonight for this year’s 420 special, hosted by Kevin Pereira and Doug Benson of Super High Me. It all starts at 7:00PM EST! 

 

AOTS 420: A Spot Of Mushroom Tea »


 

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If you've been paying even scant attention to the passage of days, you already know that today is April 20th, also known as 420.  And you probably know that 420 is a special day. Some celebrate the 20th of April by eating chocolate chip cookies, smiling a lot, taking inordinate interest in mundane things, and really, really getting music. There's also that plant people smoke.

But why do people call the the plant 420 anyway? To start you off on the magical mystery of today, check out the Attack of the Show video below where AOTS sets the record straight on how the number "420" came to mean what it does.

The Waldos: Truth Behind "420" »


By the way, at this very moment, it's 4:20 in Istanbul, Turkey. The U.S. hasn't always gotten along that well with the Turks, but on 420, we all chill out and act like brothers under the great shining sun that warms the whole world.

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Live Greener - April 20th is 420 on G4 »


The calendar has arrived at that most high-spirited of unofficial holidays: April 20th! Today at G4, we'll be celebrating 420 all day with a lineup of shows and movies that give an in-depth look at marijuana culture, so load up on Flaming Hot Cheetos and grape soda, dude. Here's what's on the 420 schedule:

  • 7PM: Attack of the Show: 420 Special. AOTS will be covering all sides of pot culture today. Kevin Pereira is traveling all the way to Australia to bring back news on that country's near legalization of herb as well as hang out with hippies in Nimbin, a small village where they smoke a ton of weed. Back in the States, Chris Hardwick is looking into the science of THC, the primary intoxicant in marijuana. It isn't 420 without Amsterdam of course. Attack of the Show was on hand at the Cannabis Cup this year, where the best weed in the world is celebrated...and smoked. Comedian Doug Benson and G4 correspondent Alison Haislip travel to the newly built Oaksterdam University, also known as “Cannabis College.”
  • 8PM:  Half-Baked: This stoner movie standard stars the great Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer and Harland Williams with guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart, Willie Nelson and Tommy Chong.
  • 10PM: Super High Me: Check out the world premiere of Doug Benson's stoner-mentary that tracks what happens to Benson when he smokes marijuana every day for a month. Spoiler Alert: He gets really, really high.

Over on the G4tv.com side, we're celebrating in our own special way, with 420 features, videos, news and even special guest star Doug Benson stopping by to visit us on the web.

Plus, you can follow our 420 Twitter feed all day long, especially while we're all tweeting ("tweeding?") together during the shows on Monday! @DougBenson himself is one of our followers. Just sayin'. 

By the way, at this very minute, it's 4:20 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Comrade! Every hour we'll be telling you where it's 4:20. Because it's always 4:20 somewhere. Well, not really, but you know what I mean.

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This Monday is 4/20, and G4 is locked and loaded with our annual 420 special, hosted this year by Kevin Pereira and Doug Benson. A part of that special will be a Loop 420 Edition, in which Kevin will discuss the legalization of marijuana with Judge Jim P. Gray, author of Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed...

For more information about the honorable Judge Gray, please check out his information at the following links.

http://www.judgejimgray.com/

http://judgejamesgray.blogspot.com/

This is the full, uncut version of that interview...which we hope you will watch and consider seriously, especially if you are one of our nation's lawmakers.

 

Judge Jim Gray's Case for Legalization - FULL Interview »


 

Attack of the Show's 420 Special starts at 7PM ET this Monday, followed by Dave Chapelle's Half-Baked, and Doug Benson's documentary Super High Me

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Dude, what?  The U.S. Drug Czar's office has declared that smoking marijuana compromises your game playing abilities. "Getting high affects your brain in ways that may directly influence your gaming ability," warns the Drug Czar's "Above the Influence" Web site, citing the impairment of "everything from reaction time to reasoning skills." According to the site, marijuana may lead to a harder time "defeating an opponent and beating a game."

The government's new video ads feature game avatars lamenting the fact that their players' skills worsened at playing games because they smoked up. "It's not that the challenges got harder, it's that Chris's skills got worse," a fantasy RPG character says, "Why? Because Chris started getting high while he was in control."

No matter how you feel about the idea of an elf telling you not to get high (the talking elves usually tell me to smoke more!), there is a huge difference between these public service ads and the propaganda of the past. "The Man" used to tell you that smoking weed would lead to harder drugs, make you into a raving addict, destroy your life, and make your brain into an egg on a frying pan. The message here is less hysterical and more realistic: If you smoke pot, you will suck at games. Alright. I'll buy that. Of course, no mention is made of whether gaming while high might make you have more fun, even if you do fail more often...

What do you guys think: Do stoners make worse gamers? Does pot slow reaction time and lead to lead sandwiches in first-person shooters? Will this line of argument convince you not to toke up? Tell us below.

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MarijuanaAssemblyman Tom Ammiano from San Francisco is TheFeed's public servant of the day. Where other elected officials are trying to pass anti-gaming legislation, Ammiano is trying to solve California's budget problem by legalizing marijuana.

Ammiano contends it is time to reap some state revenue from California's huge weed harvest. "I know the jokes are going to be coming, but this is not a frivolous issue," said Ammiano, a Democrat. "California always takes the lead -- on gay marriage, the sanctuary movement, medical marijuana."

Ammiano plans to tax marijuana while simultaneously educating younger citizens about the effects of pot smoking, the same plan the U.S. has enacted with alcohol since the end of Prohibition. Some estimates put the potential revenue as high as a billion dollars a year, not to mention the money the state would save by not having to lock up people who enjoy smoking chronic.

Plus, sales of Cheetos and grape soda would go through the roof!

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Note: G4 in no way condones marijuana use or any such illegal activity, nor do we encourage it. The following review is a public service for those who might be interested in researching such things.

If you’re looking for a source for all things 420, you can hardly do better than venerable pot-mag High Times, who have been chronicling the chronic in all its glory since 1974. So, when High Times decides to write a book called The Official High Times Pot Smoker's Handbook, odds are pretty good you’re looking at a recognized authority on the subject.

The powers-that-be at The Feed handed this book to me a couple of weeks ago, and asked me to do some “research” related to the contents within, so that I could accurately review it. So, armed with that “research,” I cracked the spine and took a look at the treasure trove of contents inside.

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According to new data from the University of Mississippi Potency Monitoring Project (which, by the way, is a gig I want!), the potency of marijuana has tripled since 1987.

The figures come from the Department of Justice's National Drug Intelligence Center’s 2009 National Drug Threat Assessment, which determines the figure by measuring by the presence of THC.
 
The Department of Justice attributed the steadily rising numbers to "increased demand for higher-potency marijuana and improvements in cultivation techniques."

Damn right!

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As Cheech and Chong's reunion stand-up tour, Light Up America, blazes through the States, the stoner duo is going to get an animated film made too.

Two companies purchased renowned comedy bits for the film rights from the Cheech and Chong library that's owned by music producer and Ode Records owner Lou Adler (he's that famous grey bearded dude that always sits court side next to Jack Nicholson at Lakers home games). Adler discovered the comedic due back in the early '70s.

"It's great to be doing a movie where Cheech and I never have to get out of bed or be on camera," said Tommy Chong.

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There are two new studies to help soften stereotypes on marijuana and red wine. These reports say both substances could help fight Alzheimer's disease and other types of memory loss.

Stereotypes go a long way to perpetuate negative notions about people, things and ideas.

Think about Cheech and Chong and what comes to mind? Pot smoking. A jobless hippie and a biker smoking copious amounts of weed. How about wine? Old ladies drinking box wine with ice cubes. And that it's not really masculine for a dude to be holding a glass of chilled chardonnay.

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World's Oldest Cannabis Found

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Posted December 2, 2008 - By kijibe

Researchers have found the oldest reserve of marijuana in an isolated area of China.

It was found in a tomb, dating back 2,700 years. In the Journal of Experimental Botany, researchers say it was definitely "cultivated for psychoactive purposes," as opposed to fiber for clothes or food.

789 grams of cannabis was found. The cannabis was buried along with a "light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, likely a shaman of the Gushi culture, in Turpan in northwestern China."

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Amsterdam Closes Smoke Shops

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Posted November 24, 2008 - By kijibe

All good things must come to an end..sometimes.

By the end of 2011, a fifth of Amsterdam's coffee shops selling marijuana will be closed down because they are within 250 meters of a school.

Obviously, this Dutch coffee shop policy is facing a lot of criticism as cities near Belgian boarders say they will close their shops to to fight drug tourism and crime.

Amsterdam has cooperated with 32 other Dutch mayors and city council representatives to back a continuation of "soft drugs" policy of toleration.

But they also want better rules on the sale and trade of marijuana. While they agreed that a ban on the substance isn't the solution, its use should be discouraged.

The current policy allows an individual to carry less than five grams of the substance.

One mayor proposed having the coffee shops moved to the edge of the city. He cited that the problem isn't that his country has these coffee shops, rather, it's that the other countries don't.

The government will convene next year and evaluate its soft and hard drugs policy.

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Marijuana Good For Memory?

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Posted November 19, 2008 - By kijibe

Ever heard of an alert stoner--one that radiates genius wit and exceptional memory recall?

If there are truths to stereotypes, then generally the answer would be a resounding NO. We do know, however, that research suggests marijuana could prevent Alzheimer's disease, amongst many other illnesses.

Ohio State University psychologists Yannick Marchalant and Gary Wenk previously showed that memory formation in rats can be improved with the appropriate dosage of marijuana. Their latest research will be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

They are looking to prevent the inflammation-induced impairment of memory seen in normal and pathological aging.  Thus, marijuana could play a vital role in prevention of age-related neurodegeneration.

Dr. Marchalant says benefits from marijuana use wouldn't be garnered by those whose brains have already begun to deteriorate or brains that are still forming.  Rather, for adults seeking dementia prevention.

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Salvia For the Win

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Posted November 11, 2008 - By juster

Salvia, a plant that is reported to produce a range of experiences from uncontrollable LOL's to short-term hallucinations and alterted states is quickly becoming one of Google's most popular search terms as a representative in Texas trying to ban possession... and the unwashed masses of the internet quickly google the hell out of it to find out what's what.

Salvia divinorum is also known as Diviner's Sage or Sage of the Seers (or so Wikipedia tells us).  It is most often smoked, and is currently legal in most states.  If you'd like to see how one looks on the salvia, go no farther than YouTube where Erik does all sorts of exciting things on the drug, like writing a letter to congress, driving and gardening.  Good times.

Here's our favorite part and the whole point of this post.  Google shares its trending data, so interested parties can see what the whole world searches for on a given day.  Today, salvia has blown up, taking up six slots in the top 100, with an interesting and very telling progression:

2. Salvia

4. Salvia Effects

14. Salvia Trip

20. Salvia For Sale

31. Salvia Purchase

55. Smoking Salvia

Oh Internet, will you ever cease to amuse us?

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