On April 20th I received another compelling email from the NYU Wellness Exchange, titled “Burnt out?”. Last time the Wellness Exchange sent out one of these emails it was about over-drinking. This time, on the national high holiday (4/20), it was only fitting for it to be about smoking pot. Read the image above, which was the body of the email.
Wow, seriously, who makes these PSAs? I wasn’t expecting that at all. Somehow, I didn’t get the flow from papers, final exams, internships… to smoking pot.
But, whatever, it caught my attention.
It was also fitting that on April 20th, the New York Times ran an article entitled Marijuana Advocates Point to Signs of Change. Ever wonder where the term “420” originated? According to this NYTimes article:
Mr. Hager said the significance of April 20 dates to a ritual begun in the early 1970s in which a group of Northern California teenagers smoked marijuana every day at 4:20 p.m. Word of the ritual spread and expanded to a yearly event in various places. Soon, marijuana aficionados were using “420” as a code for smoking and using it as a sign-off on fliers for concerts where the drug would be plentiful.
In the end, I think the day went over well. The NYU Wellness Exchange would be happy to know that I didn’t hear of any students smoking up on the notorious holiday, although I’m sure there were plenty of festivities behind closed doors. What can ya do?