Willie Nelson and his Luck Reunion team are hoping to make the unofficial marijuana holiday of April 20 a legitimate holiday, and part of an official national week-plus long celebration of cannabis. And, they are asking President Joe Biden to make it happen.
Nelson and the Texas-based concert team started a petition that’s gained more than 2,000 signatures calling on the president to recognize April 20, also known as 4/20, as the kickoff to a national holiday that will end on April 29 each year (April 29 is Nelson’s birthday).
The petition reads in part, “The fine people of Luck, Texas, and supporters of the great Willie Nelson, on behalf of cannabis users around the nation, are writing today to ask you to consider declaring the 9 days spanning April 20 to April 29 an official national holiday: the ‘High Holidays.'”
It continues, “We believe that recognition of the ‘High Holidays’ opens the door to much needed dialogue supporting the many benefits of cannabis while helping to remove the unjustified stigmas currently surrounding this amazing plant.”
Although the petition comes somewhat in jest, it notes that its real goal is less about kicking off a national holiday for pot-smoking enthusiasts and more about starting a conversation about ending the negative perception that surrounds cannabis and its culture.
Luck Reunion posted to Twitter:
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