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4-20: Alaska Troopers to watch for high drivers on annual cannabis celebration day

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If you partake in pot, don’t drive on Tuesday, because Alaska State Troopers will have an increased presence on the roadways on April 20, and they will be on the lookout for drivers cruising on cannabis.

4-20 is, in marijuana culture, a term relating to smoking pot or hashish at the 4:20 pm hour. For cannabis consumers, it’s an annual observance.

According to the now-defunct Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum in Oakland, California, the observance started as a secret code among a group of pot smokers at Marin County’s San Rafael High School in the early 1970s, known as “the Waldos,” because the group met near a wall after school at 4:20 p.m. to get high.

Funding for increased patrol efforts comes from grants, the Troopers said.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Are you kidding me??!! I’m pretty sure pot smokers are not the problem on the highways here in Alaska.

  • Today’s pot has been altered to provide a THC ( active ingredient=the drug effect) approaching 99%. In the 1970s , before being altered it had a THC content of about 4%.

  • Welcome to the Democrats’ world. Lawlessness! Drunk driving is bad enough! I am not looking forward to that day when Democrats legalize ALL drugs. These Democrat supporters have their own moral definition what they see is right and wrong.
    Every day my car vent suctions it some other driver’s pot smell and it stinks worse than cigarettes and the smoke is stickier and heavier, the driver doesn’t even have to have the window open for the sign they are driving high when their car vent is open.

  • Welcome to the Democrats world. lawlessness! Drunk driving is bad enough! I am not looking forward to that day when Democrats legalize ALL drugs. These Democrat supporters have their own moral definition what they see is right and wrong.
    Everyday my car vent sucks some other driver’s pot smell that I momentarily close my car’s vent. Pot stinks worse than cigarettes and the smoke is stickier and heavier, the driver doesnt even have to have the window open for the sign they are driving high when their car vent’s valve is open.

  • Wow! if it was 99% you could be like Bill Clinton and not even inhale! Most flowers are 18-25% THC, unless you vape concentrates, then that number goes way up.

  • Hey!! All three Congressional, elected by the “people” of Alaska sponsored in congress the Bill that provided the financial backing for every cannabis business in the state of Alaska. Hey, you who vote….do what you can to get the malignant trio out of office. Don Young, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. .They put pot on the street for your children and everyone who wanted to buy it. They are called the “Pot Caucus” of Alaska. Every Town and every village has that death dredge junk to contend with. Thanks to the Congressional Trio from Alaska, Don Young, Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan.

  • Jen, Get off my lawn! Lol.

  • If it’s that powerful?
    Just smoke less.

  • I’m unsure how a trooper is going to suspect a driver to be ‘high’ as the vehicle is traveling down the road?

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