Happy 4/20!!!!

To boring people, April 20 means two things: the anniversary of the Columbine massacre or Hitler's birthday. To stoners, it's something way cooler.

Because stoners can't agree on anything other than, yes, they should smoke another bowl, the origins of 4/20 vary. Some say it's police code. Some say it has something to do with the Bible. But again, like only stoners can, they overlook the past and keep their eyes on the prize, ie getting stoned.

Now, I have something to admit. This 4/20 will be the first in many years that I won't be partaking in the ceremonial activities. This really sucks because I don't like Christmas, I think New Year's Eve is amateur night and I don't eat Easter chocolate because I'm a vegan. For years, 4/20 was all I had in the ways of holiday participation.

Thanks to a somewhat minor (or major depending on who you ask) health issue, I can't get high anymore. It's for the better in all sorts of ways, but giving up anything is always an easier pill to swallow when it's voluntary and not mandatory.

That said, I can recommend some good tunes to crank (or play at a reasonably low volume) for all those sure to be calling in sick today.

For starters, you can't go wrong with Cypress Hill. I mean, weed is basically priority No. 1. With songs such as "Hits from the Bong," "I Wanna Get High" and "Legalize It," you can't go wrong with Cypress Hill.

Louis Armstrong promoted weed on his 1928 tune "Muggles." My math sucks, this is way before it became cool in the '60s.

Dr. Dre's first solo disc is called The Chronic. Need I say more?

The record that got me to move from Minor Threat straight edge kid to puff puff passing stoner was Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle. I mean, tha Doggfather's hitting a j on the back album cover. Literally, a life-changing record.

Any Jimi Hendrix will do, but I really dig when he says, "are you experienced?" He could be talking about anything, but it definitely applies to getting high.

I don't care what anyone says: The Beatles are chanting "smoke pot, smoke pot, everybody smoke pot" at the end of "I Am the Walrus."

Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf" is pretty much the foundation for a scene now called stoner rock. How can it not be with words like these: "you introduced me/to my mind/and left me wanting/you and your kind" and "I love you sweet leaf/though you can't hear."

Oh, I almost forgot. Any reggae will do, but Peter Tosh and Bob Marley are good places to start and finish a pot-smoking adventure.

And when you've gone through an eighth and it's time to smoke that final bowl before bed, throw on John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. When you're stoned, it just makes more sense, maaaaaan.

This list is by no means complete. I could go on for pages and still not hit them all, so I'll let you do that. Feel free to add more in the comments section.


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