Can 9/20 become the 4/20 of magic mushrooms?
*Gastón Guzmán Huerta (August 26, 1932 – January 12, 2016), a Mexican mycologist and anthropologist, was an authority on the genus Psilocybe.
Unlike 4/20, 9/20 events aren’t intended as gatherings for people to get high together. Instead, they’re mostly lectures, salons, or meetups that prioritize the goals of research and policy rather than the joys of tripping. The approach represents a reversal from the short-lived psychedelic movement of the 1960s, when LSD pioneer Timothy Leary famously told a gathering of hippies in Golden Gate Park to “turn on, tune in, drop out.”
He says the 9/20 gatherings—even if they’re mostly small gestures with no universal goals—are evidence of a shift in public dialogue. “Even in the 1960s when psychedelics were first entering into the Western cultural context, a lot of the events and public gatherings around them were really counter cultural,” he said. But now, they’re “thoroughly immersed in the mainstream.”