Surviving New York City's First Legal 4/20

Everyone's favorite "gateway drug" is about to open a gateway to hell in NYC.

Without checking your cupboards, how many days of snack food do you have stocked up?

If you don't know the answer, it's already too late. April 20th is upon us — AKA 4/20, AKA Kiefster Funday, AKA the Feast of Saint Bowlentine. And it's about to tear our civilization apart...

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MUSIC MONDAY | Laid Back, Rainy City Groove

APRIL 16 | Editors Picks for April 20th

THE MIX | Let Clouds Bring Rain

by Dan Victor

04.16.18 | Got a need for some chill groove to ease you into the week? Yes! You know what the spring brings? A day, a time, that once a year, four-twenty (420). if you bake, you partake. The days ahead may yield many conversations about how they will spend this Friday. For some, April 20th has become a day to celebrate. This mix is not your typical Stoner playlist. You won't find the Grateful Dead or Pink Floyd. We need that new shit. All these are fresh tracks, recently released. I discover these and save them for this occasion. Is it the feeling that a change in temperature brings. Rain, Spring and Bud reminds some that our long hibernation is over. Time to switch to Coors Light.

Let's be honest, how many of you all will be watching all the Friday movies, this Friday? Hands raised! 🙌


Dan Victor is editor of Popdust and producer of Popdust Presents. He is also a music producer, bassist for Low Profile (live hip hop) & The Coldpress (indie rap) and front-man for Ductape Halo (indie rock). Follow on Youtube.

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NETFLIX | "Disjointed" is more than a stoner comedy

NETFLIX | Look behind the laugh track and discover a touching comedy

Is it more than just a sitcom about potheads?

At the start Disjointed can seem like your basic stoner comedy, but it doesn't take long to see that it's so much more. It came as no surprise to me that this show wasn't a hit among the majority of critics, because this show doesn't seem like it was meant for them. It was meant for people who love marijuana or are really curious about the world of smokers.

It's rare to find a charming show that depicts the multi-dimensional world of marijuana, and this show does a pretty good job. At the core of Disjointed stands Ruth. The veteran lawyer activist who fought the good fight, ended up in prison a fair amount of times, and now uses her dispensary to really help people. She doesn't stand alone though. A cast of characters by her side and show how many kinds of people are invested in legal marijuana. Her son stands in as the representation of the business side of the industry and the money to be made. Her security guard is a veteran who decides to try marijuana for his PTSD, which is presented to the viewer as psychedelic and disturbing cartoons, and finds that it's the first thing that has really helped him. Their grower, though a bit odd, has incredible scientific botanical knowledge that he uses with skill and passion.

Plenty of people work at the dispensary who have their own valid reasons for wanting to be involved, just like the multitude of customers. Whether it's the bored housewife who just wanted to deal with the stress of her life or the unavoidable bonehead stoners 'Dank and Dabby' who have come to be the face of Marijuana. Oh yes, this show wouldn't be accurate without a couple of slow-witted burnouts who can constantly be seen smoking. Yet, Disjointed manages to show that there's more to marijuana than their story, than any one person's story.

Disjointed is a goofy comedy that still takes the time to tackle real issues. The hard fought battle for legalization, the racial bias in the prison system, the medical benefits of marijuana, the current issues dispensaries are facing because of the lingering federal laws, and they don't shrink away from any of these problems or try to diminish them. I urge the people who say it's just a slapstick comedy to reconsider. Look at these characters and see who they represent in America today and don't shrug them off because of a desire to dismiss them.

Whether this comedy will go down as a subculture 'cult favorite', I can't truly say. It's a polarizing show and reviews come with a definite love it or hate it. What I will say is; ignore the critics and give the show a try. As I said, it's not for them. This show is meant for people like me, who have chronic illnesses and are hoping that legal marijuana makes it our way. This show is meant for people who like to smoke marijuana because it's fun and relaxes them. And at the end of the day this show is meant for people who want something that gives a mix of comedy and real life.

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The soundtr​ack to your 4/20

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My mom sent me a text this morning that said, "Good Morning baby.There's no excuse for not doing your best". I took that motivational message, and used it as my fuel to come up with the best 4/20 playlist I could think of in just twenty songs. This might be easy for some of you, but I don't smoke. I don't have a medical marijuana licence. I do not have a weed man saved in my phone, and I don't have a favorite strain. What I do have is a great ear for music, a system thatallows for a contact high, and memories of my first 4/20 experience.

My freshman year of college, I had some of the smartest friends. I actually don't know why I said that. Maybe to dispel myths of cannabus culture being for the lazy or uneducated? Anyway, they were smart, kind and important. We were in honor dorms (not coed, of course, as that was completely against the southern sensibilities of a school we will simply call Hillman) and programs, full scholarships, and one day in April, everyone kept talking about 4/20. I didn't know what the day was, and my friend Devin said don't worry, I'll show you. There was this apartment complex across the street from our school, we'll call them The Ports. The ports was basically an entire apartment complex filled with Hillman students. We get there at 4:15 (it was very important we get there by 4:20) and there was liquor that cost more than 5 dollars a bottle (rare), music, food, extremely happy people, and weed. I only cared about the food that didn't come from the cafe and I didn't have to buy or cook so early on this night was labeled a win.

Devin suggested we go upstairs and I am a control freak and super safety conscious, I had a we come together we leave together rule all of college so when my friend said let's go upstairs we went upstairs. We opened up a door and it was like another world. People on the floor, on the bed, laughing, speakers and smoke. This was 4/20. "We are at a weed party Devin?" The answer was obvious but I'm one of those people who make you say what I know just to confirm I know it and have it on record that you said it so later we can discuss. He was high so it worked. For a while at least. I learned that night that there is a balance between being inquisitive and blowing someone's high, no one forces you to smoke weed, that the smell of weed alone get's me high, no one knew exactly why it was called 4/20 and that a good playlist unites all.

12 years later I would be talking to Lil Duval about weed while at his Grow House premiere and be inspired to try an edible in a completely legal state in an establishment that made us sign waivers all because he said weed makes him a better person (I think I even said this while biting into a rice krispy treat), but that's another weed week story. Just know I will never do it again. This playlist though? With Kendrick, Lil Wayne, Bob Marley, Jhene Aiko, Gucci, Devin the Dude Snoop, and about 15 other artists, I think I did a pretty good job in just 20 songs. Did I miss your 4/20 staple? Instagram or tweet me and let me know.