In 1971, a group of high school students, known as “The Waldos” would meet after school at 4:20 p.m. to take part in a treasure hunt in search of a hidden field of marijuana (if you’re doubtful, see the link to learn more). It’s a legend that eventually became known as “420” and is appropriately celebrated (the marijuana part, not the treasure hunt) each year on April 20.
Today, marijuana isn’t hidden on a treasure map. It’s a well-debated subject covering issues of possible medicinal benefits; legalization; and its impact on the environment. Below, three talks to enjoy on marijuana’s unofficial day of recognition:
The surprising story of medical marijuana and pediatric epilepsy | Josh Stanley | TEDxBoulder
Entrepreneur Josh Stanley and his brothers developed a non-psychotropic strain of marijuana that is radically reducing seizures for pediatric epilepsy patients in Colorado. In this fascinating talk, Stanley details the roadblocks patients and their families face when accessing this treatment and argues that we should change our national perspective on medicinal cannabis to start saving lives.
Cannabis cultivation has a dirty secret, but the future is sun-grown | Dan Sutton | TEDxVancouver
Did you know that cannabis has a carbon footprint rivaling heavy industrial manufacturing? 90% of black market cannabis is grown indoors, leading to a startling demand in electricity and energy, says medicinal marijuana cultivator Dan Sutton. He believes the only way to produce cannabis sustainably is with the modern industrial greenhouse, harnessing the power of sunlight in a streamlined, automated, controlled agricultural environment, making concealed indoor grow-ops a thing of the past.
Building with hemp | Joni Lane | TEDxCharlottesville
As we’re quickly becoming an indoor society, shouldn’t we expect more from our built environment? In her 2014 talk, Joni Lane presents “hempcrete,” or industrial hemp: a rapidly renewable, low energy, toxin-free building material that an be used to build and insulate homes naturally and affordably. Lane promotes the health benefits of using hempcrete and the environmental impact of “building with nature.”