For Immediate Release
April 19, 2018
Contact: Anne Schlafly Cori, 314-369-6144

Four Twenty is a Dangerous Day

Marijuana is a dangerous drug and is still a Schedule 1 drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the strictest category with criminal penalties attached.

Why then would April 20 be unofficially declared “Weed Day?” And who is celebrating?

“Weed Day” is being celebrated by those making money off the illegal drug and by the lawbreakers who meet in public parks on April 20 to smoke it. Neither substantiates good public policy or a cause to celebrate.

April 20 was chosen as “Weed Day” because high school students in the early 1970s would meet at 4:20 p.m. at San Rafael High School in Marin County, California, to get high on marijuana, according to Chris Conrad, curator of the Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum in Oakland, California. Unsupervised students abusing the time after the school day ended and before their parents returned home from work is no cause to celebrate 4:20 pm on April 20.

The illicit use of marijuana grew exponentially when former President Obama oversaw changes in marijuana’s guidance documents that were interpreted as allowing states to legalize marijuana with minimal federal interference. Since then, nine states and Washington, D.C. have legalized marijuana for recreational use, but early analyses show that Obama’s policy changes are hurting Americans.

“Smoked marijuana is not medicine,” proclaims Eunie Smith, President of Eagle Forum. “It is now the number one reason children enter treatment, more than alcohol, cocaine, heroin, meth, ecstasy and other drugs combined,” she added. “Marijuana is making people sick,” she concluded stating that, “It is insidious that the marijuana legalization movement pushes the drug as a cure for just about anything and everything, yet they have absolutely no scientific evidence to support their assertions.”

Eagle Forum Chairman Anne Schlafly Cori expressed concern that, “Millions of marijuana smokers, about one in three, suffer from cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a syndrome of cyclic vomiting associated with cannabis use.” Mrs. Cori added that, “It is heartbreaking that CHS causes sufferers to make multiple trips to emergency rooms, to see multiple doctors, and to be hospitalized many times before a definitive diagnosis is made — which is to stop using marijuana.” Furthermore, she concluded that, “According to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine, there is a 12 percent increased risk of fatal car crashes on April 20 after 4:20 p.m. compared to other dates. These are not symptoms or behavioral risks to celebrate.”

America’s rush to marijuana legalization can have dangerous global ramifications as the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence is meeting in June to discuss marijuana’s classification that marijuana pushers hope will eventually provide momentum to efforts to change marijuana’s status under the laws of the U.S. and other countries.

Eagle Forum urges that marijuana should remain an illegal drug because it is hurting American children and adults.

More information available in the April 2018 Eagle Forum Report.