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Gov. Doug Ducey is a keynote speaker today at the Smart Approaches to Marijuana conference in Atlanta, Ga.

While we don’t have details of his speech, no doubt he’ll talk about his work to defeat last year’s marijuana-legalization ballot measure and other policies to combat drug use.

What we’re pretty confident he WON’T talk about is the subculture meaning of the date: 4/20, aka “weed day.”

The numerical rendering of the date is a reference to smoking pot. Its origins appear to stem from a group of California high school students in the 1970s, although another story has circulated linking it to a California legislative bill (Senate Bill 420) that codified a voter-approved medical-marijuana measure. Read more here.

In any event, renaming the date is something that Ducey probably won’t think is very smart.

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