A group representing star stoner Willie Nelson started a petition to declare April 20th and the subsequent nine days government official “High Holidays.”
The legendary singer’s concert team Luck Reunion created a petition on change.org to implore President Biden and members of Congress to consider make the High Holidays a nationally recognized period to open “the door to much-needed dialogue supporting the many benefits of cannabis while helping to remove the unjustified stigmas currently surrounding this amazing plant.”
The group selected the period of time to begin on the cannabis culture’s unofficial weed holiday 4/20 and end on April 29th, in honor of Grammy winning artist’s birthday. Nelson, who has a legacy of marijuana use and multiple related arrests spanning from 1974 to 2010, turns 88 next week.
“April 20th, known in these parts as 4/20, has long been celebrated as a holiday in smokey circles throughout this fine country,” wrote Texas-based Luck Reunion. “But in reality for cannabis users, one day just isn’t enough.”
They quoted Nelson in an effort to motivate users to sign the petition, which has reached nearly 3,000 signatures. “I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower,” said Nelson. “God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?”
The urged supporters to “please puff, puff, and pass this to your friends in Congress for consideration.”
The #HighHolidays begin on 4/20 and end on Willie Nelson's birthday – 4/29. Help Luck and one of the patron saints of cannabis, Willie, make the High Holidays a officially recognized holiday period by signing the petition at https://t.co/BPqgXsTpZB #PassItOn pic.twitter.com/BdnIKMSAxb
— Luck Reunion (@LuckReunion) April 2, 2021