#OpCannabis: Anonymous Pushing Marijuana for 4/20

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Not every innocuous schoolboy joke becomes a worldwide cultural phenomenon, but this one -- 4/20, 4-20, four twenty -- has had legs since it began 41 years ago at San Rafael High in Marin County.

This year, the universal code for marijuana use is being co-opted by everyone's favorite "hacktivist" collective, the masked men and women at Anonymous. The group announced an "operation" for this Friday called Operation Cannabis, stylized as #OpCannabis.

Thus far, websites have been hacked, YouTube videos have been uploaded, and cannabis smokers have been asked to turn their social media profiles green. But what else can we expect?




It may be worthwhile to note that #OpCannabis first appeared on the web last summer, when a pair of YouTube videos claiming association with Anonymous appeared in August. Since then, Anonymous announced Phase 1 of Operation Cannabis last week, with some website hacking announced as Phase 2 over the weekend.

In its latest OpCannabis video, Anonymous decries marijuana's subjugation by the corporate and political establishment, and urges participants in the operation to go visible with turning their social media profiles green. That's not quite like hacking into government websites or shutting down a few BART trains -- two actions Anonymous has been associated with recently.

But it may be enough. And what can the general citizenry do to assist, aside from attend drum circles, visit a favorite medical cannabis dispensary, or flaunt the magic plant?

Some might call this slacktivism -- to sign a petition demanding President Barack Obama undo the War on Drugs, reschedule marijuana, and halt the attacks on state-legal medical marijuana as well as turn their Facebook profiles green for the day. But consider this: Even with the full legal protection offered by medical marijuana states, this is a substance that can get a person removed from employment, disqualify them from housing, and otherwise wreck a life if the authorities so decree.

Would it be so easy if everyone who disagreed with the country's marijuana laws chose to go visible? Considering the movement favoring legalization of marijuana in America appear inching closer to a majority every year, probably not. But the code words used in 1971 to gather teenagers in front of a statue continue today in furtive language and general uneasiness with owning marijuana use.  As blogger and activist Mickey Martin put it, marijuana users are still in the closet.

The metaphor is fitting: The modern-day medical marijuana movement was born out of the general LGBT movement, where gay men dying from AIDS found relief in marijuana. That led to Dennis Peron's first cannabis clubs in the Castro District, even before the establishment of the 1996 Compassionate Use Act.

Gay rights only came after LGBT people came out of the closet. Will marijuana follow the same script?

Quite possibly. At the very least, it'll keep the conversation going -- though lately, the federal government's been its own hatchet man.



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Jack Feuchtinger
Jack Feuchtinger

As a Libertarian, I can see the need to reduce the reach of the Nanny State that the US has become. I can even see the merit behind the movement.

But we need to ask ourselves... is Anonymous the entity we want to represent us legal, card-carrying, rule obeying, medicinal patients in this? Especially after they've confessed to hacking activities both previous and future in this movement?

As a Legally compliant, law abiding citizen using medical MJ, I certainly don't want Anonymous to be the face of marijuana legalization. No matter how "hip" they are.

Marley
Marley

Hemp will save the planet, just you wait and see!

drBCayenneBird
drBCayenneBird

Thank you Anonymous.  We are building $7 billion in new prisons in California to imprison mostly non-violent inmates. Our budget alone for prisons, not including jails and juvenile halls is $11 billion per year. We have an initiative taking place right now where volunteers are needed to change these laws. A big part of the reason that war and prison mongers rule the day is that people are not well enough educated to organize and fund large voting groups. It is the job of the people to change the laws, put the good guys in and take the bad guys out. This campaign needs support and 500 volunteers right away. https://www.facebook.com/group...

KOOL2HANDLE
KOOL2HANDLE

Yes we are free to do what we are told.  RON PAUL 2012. I WANT MY FREEDOMS BACK!!!

Kool2handle
Kool2handle

Just free the God given plant that harms no one. Wy does big brother feel the need to controle every thing any how? Some things are best left to God to controle. If people and polititions can pure a poison in the many forms of booze. down their throats. Then wy the hell cant I grow and smoke some thing that kills no one. That is put here by God to do many more things to help us than just get a buzz and it is also a cure for cancer, altimzers, Bipolarizem, HDHD, ect. ??? Help to make folk more loven and kind , gental, forgiving, helpful ect.

Duncan20903
Duncan20903

It's a free country as long as you do what you're told to do!

Christopher Michael Smudricks
Christopher Michael Smudricks

i agree with you totally kevin it is so stupid that We live in the USA which in today's world only talks about us being free and having second chances yet, Our (Speaking of the president & Federal Government) actions completely contridict the foundation on which (Nowdays) this prideless country was first founded on....There are us who are common people who could easily bring this country out on top but thoes who are on top of us commons who toss our ideas & belifes aside for their own baised and degradeing ideas.....So Tell me again Mr. Obama Are we really a free country? Or will you hide behind your lies

AlWolf Sandlin
AlWolf Sandlin

cannabis is not addictive and no withdrawl - http://clear-uk.org/leading-sc...

cannabis cures cancer - http://www.cancer.gov/cancerto...

http://www.nowpublic.com/thc_m...

http://patients4medicalmarijua...

http://www.rawstory.com/rawrep...

cannabis promotes brain cell growth by 40% and protects it from damage -  http://www.sciencedaily.com/re...

cannabis promotes healthy lungs - http://dailycollegian.com/2012...

cannabis will not lower your immunity this is why it is used by HIV patients ( in fact new studys show it to stop HIV replication) . your sperm is safe that is just a scare tactic. 

 do you know what "yellow journalism" is and how came to be?

i think everyone should use some form of cannabis from conception to death.

legal drugs cause more deaths per year than illegal drugs - http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...

cannabis ZERO deaths from use ever!!  http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q...

mother who use cannabis during pregnancy have healthier smarter kids. -  http://patients4medicalmarijua...

so now that you have facts on cannabis lets just decriminalize all drugs - http://www.forbes.com/sites/er...

people complain about the crime and deaths the war on drugs has caused.. you explain why to end prohibtion and they say it will not work, its like they are standing in the rain saying they hate to get rained on and you telling them to come in side and they say no i will still get rained on.

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WHAT IS VIRAL ACTIVISM???

Just like a virus of the body or computer, a viral activism project has 3 functions:

1. A viral activism project will duplicate itself,2. A viral activism project will infiltrate anywhere and everywhere possible,3. A viral activism project will spread from one infected host to the next.

Kevin Hunt
Kevin Hunt

This conservative is as far to the right of the gay/LGBT movement as it is possible to get; but I agree with them on medical marijuana.  It is time to speak up and legalize cannabis for all purposes, including industrial applications.  I'm tired of big government sapping my tax dollars and making this "free" country into a prison planet.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

Prohibition doesn't work because no amount of deadly force, self-righteous piety, or wishful thinking could ever overcome the innate desire to alter one's consciousness, self-medicate for physiological, psychological or spiritual reasons, or simply express one's freedom of choice.

Neurotics build castles in the sky, psychotics live in them; the concept of a "Drug-Free Society" is a neurotic fantasy and Prohibition's ills are a product of this psychotic delusion.  

Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare; if you support it you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, corrupt or criminally insane. 

If you support prohibition then prepare yourself for even more death, corruption, sickness, imprisonment, unemployment, foreclosed homes, and the complete loss of the rule of law and the Bill of Rights.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

Prohibition doesn't work because no amount of deadly force, self-righteous piety, or wishful thinking could ever overcome the innate desire to alter one's consciousness, self-medicate for physiological, psychological or spiritual reasons, or simply express one's freedom of choice.

If you support prohibition then you're either a black market profiteer, a terrorist, a corrupt politician, a sadomoralist, a socialist or a fake-conservative.

If you support prohibition then you've helped trigger the worst crime wave in history,  raising gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging.

If you support prohibition you've a helped create a black market with massive incentives to hook both adults and children alike.

If you support prohibition you've helped to make these dangerous substances available in schools and prisons.

If you support prohibition you've helped put previously unknown and contaminated drugs on the streets.

If you support prohibition you've helped to divert scarce law-enforcement resources away from protecting your fellow citizens from the ever escalating violence against their person or property.

If you support prohibition you've helped remove many important civil liberties from those citizens you falsely claim to represent.

If you support prohibition you've helped create the prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords.

If you support prohibition you've helped escalate the number of people on welfare who can't find employment due to their felony status. 

If you support prohibition you're responsible for the horrific racial disparities which have breed generations of incarcerated and disenfranchised Afro Americans.

If you support prohibition you've helped evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, controlling vast swaths of territory with significant social and military resources at their disposal.

If you support prohibition you're promoting a policy which kills our children, endangers our troops, counteracts our foreign policy and reduces much of the developing world to anarchy.

Neurotics build castles in the sky, psychotics live in them; the concept of a "Drug-Free Society" is a neurotic fantasy and Prohibition's ills are a product of this psychotic delusion.  

Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare; if you support it you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, corrupt or criminally insane. 

If you support prohibition then prepare yourself for even more death, corruption, sickness, imprisonment, unemployment, foreclosed homes, and the complete loss of the rule of law and the Bill of Rights.

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