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Happy 4/20: Snapchat Takes Flak Over Bob Marley Filter

And other marijuana-related headlines
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2016 11:13 AM CDT
Happy 4/20: Snapchat Takes Flak Over Bob Marley Filter
It's 'national weed day.'   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

(Newser) – It is 4/20, as pot smokers everywhere—or the people who sell to them—are surely aware. Some related stories:

  • Snapchat marked the day with a special Bob Marley filter for your selfies. The problem is that a loud chorus on social media is complaining that it amounts to "digital blackfacing." See Mashable.
  • So why the association between 4/20 and pot? It's the time of the afternoon that a group of 1970s high school stoners would meet to partake, and the Grateful Dead played a role in popularizing it, explains a post at Digg. It has links to stories debunking other explanations.
  • Vox rounds up other need-to-know factoids about "national weed day."

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  • Marketwatch takes a deeper look at how the day has gone mainstream. Think money.
  • Indeed, a lot of of pot is being sold on 4/20, perhaps in record-setting amounts, reports Money.
  • It's going to be a very big day in San Francisco, as KTVU explains.
  • Canada might soon join the legalization club, reports the Huffington Post.
  • USA Today offers a list of specially themed movies to watch.
(Read more 4/20 stories.)

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