Once upon a time, St. Patrick’s day used to be a fun little holiday that consisted of children finding leprechaun dust and using green frosting to decorate shamrock cookies.

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Perhaps your little wee’un wore a green cocked hat, and perhaps paraded around in red beard to celebrate a holiday that most people have no idea of its origins.

Truth be told, this author is a little fuzzy on the origins of the day, and a quick check of the wikipedia reminds me:

Saint Patrick’s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig (The Festival of Patrick); Ulster-Scots: Saunt Petherick’s Day)[2] is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. The tradition came about at the instigation of the Irish Protestant organisation The Knights of St. Patrick. The inaugural parade took place on 17 March 1783.

Well especially in America, if there are any religious connections remaining with this holiday, they are paid in tribute to the patron saint of alcohol.

On the one day where everyone can celebrate being Irish (many call this, and Cinco de Mayo, amateur hours), liquor stores and supermarkets publicize, market, and pander to the partying consumer.

Chances are most people have seen the Guinness clock display that either shows up in bars or stores that sell alcohol reminding drinkers how many minutes are left until St. Patty’s day. Kids see these cool countdown devices when they are visiting their local grocery store. They too know the hour is near.

But there’s a whole other St Patrick’s Day passion. Teen marijuana smokers won’t be green with envy on this holiday. They will stock up and store their supply to celebrate this storied holiday. Regardless of whether it is Sativa or Indica, for teen pot smokers it’s time to celebrate 420 on 3/17.

So when parents look at their teens and think about how the novelty of the holiday has long passed by, they should remind themselves that they need to give their children much more than a little pinch because their teens aren’t wearing green clothing.

This is a great time for parents to ask their children questions like “what are you doing for St. Patrick’s Day” or “how are you spending this day?” Since the holiday falls on Saturday, you may have more teen revelers than normal. It could be a good time to remind your kid that green beer (another marketing ploy to sell beer) is not only uncool, but it’s also illegal for teens. And parents should remind their kids that the other green, marijuana is illegal, and not tolerated in your family.

You could also remind them to say “no” if they are asked if they would like a “greenie.” That’s the street term for amphetamines. There’s no holiday excuse for your kids to be popping pills on St. Patty’s Day.

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