4/20 isn't just a 'stoner' holiday. It's an opportunity for activism.


At my college, 4/20 was marijuana Christmas. Every year at that time, people would go outside, put on their worst possible pants, turn up the jam band radio stations (String Cheese Incident, baby!!!), and smoke up.

As much as I loved seeing my fellow classmates roll down grassy hills, the 4/20 of 2019 has become more than a traditional stoner's holiday. It's also an incredible opportunity to advocate on behalf of legal marijuana, whether for medical or recreational purposes.

Want proof? Just browse through some of the material under the #Happy420 Twitter hashtag.

With multiple Democratic presidential candidates now pushing for the full or partial legalization of marijuana, 2019 has already been a banner year for the legal weed movement. Read more...

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Trump impeachment hearings: Fiona Hill and David Holmes testify on Capitol Hill
Former National Security Council official Fiona Hill has begun her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Hill is expected to tell lawmakers that one of the central Republican talking points — that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US election — is a “fictional narrative that has been perpetrated...
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12 winning designs from the National Gingerbread House Competition that really are good enough to eat
Courtesy The Omni Grove Park Inn 226 competitors entered their epic edible designs in the 27th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition, and the winners were announced in Asheville, North Carolina on Monday. The winning design by Gail Oliver, from Tennessee, shows wild animals hanging out at "The Water Hole." In the child category, Adair Cary, from North Carolina, took home the top prize with a life-like polar bear design. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. If you need some inspiration for your gingerbread house design this holiday season, look no further. More than 220 bakers from across the US entered their edible designs in the 27th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition, and the winners were announced at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, on November 18. Competitors used power tools, moving mechanical parts, melted sugar, and a whole lot of creativity to cook up some truly epic designs. Keep scrolling to see the winners of this year's competition.This incredibly detailed design showing animals at "The Water Hole" took home the grand prize. Courtesy The Omni Grove Park Inn It was made by Gail Oliver, from Johnson City, Tennessee. While she had entered several times before and even placed in the top 10, this was her first win. Oliver's design includes a monkey, a flamingo, and a toucan. Courtesy The Omni Grove Park Inn The figures in the design were sculpted out of ginger clay consisting primarily of ground gingerbread.      On the other side of the gingerbread house, an alligator lazes in a hammock. Courtesy The Omni Grove Park Inn Some of the houses can take up to 600 hours to create, according to the organizers. While Oliver did not track the hours she put in to her design, it took her "months and months." See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:THEN AND NOW: How the holidays in New York City have changed over the last 100 yearsThis artist creates portraits using thousands of LEGO bricks10 foods that were wildly popular in 2019
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Reuters Charles Schwab will acquire rival brokerage TD Ameritrade and the deal could be announced as soon as this morning, FOX Business reported Thursday. The purchase will ring in at roughly $26 billion and allow Schwab to better compete with Fidelity, Interactive Brokers and E*Trade. TD Ameritrade surged as much as 27% early Thursday. Schwab jumped as much as 12%.  All major brokerages slashed trading fees between late September and early October, sending their stocks lower as investors feared the decision would wipe out a critical revenue stream. Watch Charles Schwab trade live here. Watch TD Ameritrade trade live here. Charles Schwab will buy rival brokerage TD Ameritrade, FOX Business reported Thursday, and the deal could be announced as soon as today. An acquisition will ring in at roughly $26 billion, and allow Schwab to better compete in the dynamic brokerage industry. All major brokerage firms cut fees for US-listed trades between late September and early October, eliminating a key revenue stream in a bid to attract new customers.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A big-money investor in juggernauts like Facebook and Netflix breaks down the '3rd wave' firms that are leading the next round of tech disruptionSee Also:The best Kindles and ebook readersQueen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate 72 years of marriage today. Here's where the couple — and all the other most prominent royals — live.The best earbuds
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Doctors say the best time to fly while pregnant is your second trimester, but you can fly late into your third trimester too
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Smartphone microscope kit promises up to 1,000x magnification
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Trump ex-Russia adviser Hill to tell U.S. lawmakers to stop promoting 'falsehoods'
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Impeachment hearings: key witness to reject claim Ukraine meddled in US election – live
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R2-D2 popcorn maker
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What It's Like to Design Apple's Retail Stores Alongside Steve Jobs
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Popular Android apps are shipping with outdated bug-ridden software
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Fortnite: Save the World's new area is a dungeon crawl
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Dick & Dom in da place! How the kids TV weirdos became drum'n'bass gods
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Portal Icosahedron sculpture like looking into another universe
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