Think You Know A Thing Or Two About Marijuana? Wikipedia Launches 420 Project

Editors wanted to 'create and improve cannabis-related content at Wikipedia.'

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If you think you have expertise in the wide word or cannabis, here’s your chance to share your knowledge. Beginning on Saturday and ending April 30, a group of Wikipedia editors will dive deep into the weeds and “create and improve cannabis-related content at Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects in a variety of fields, including: culture, health, hemp, historymedicine, politics, and religion.”

The massive undertaking, organized by WikiProject Cannabis, is being dubbed a 420 collaboration. According to the project’s coordinators, there are three overarching goals to the endeavor :

  • The purpose of this project is for experienced Wikipedia editors, who may or may not edit cannabis articles often, and people who are familiar with cannabis topics, but do not edit Wikipedia regularly, to create and improve related content on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Bringing these two groups together, even for a short period of time, has the potential to improve many articles on the Internet’s largest and most popular general reference work.
  • We seek the inclusion of neutral, appropriately sourced facts. We want Wikipedia to have accurate, reliable information about cannabis, just like we want there to be trustworthy content about astronauts, butterflies, and your favorite episode of South Park.
  • We have no political agenda. We are not activists advocating for legalization. If you want to edit an article about an anti-drug program, or expand a section about the negative health effects of smoking, great! We welcome your participation. All we’re promoting here is free knowledge.

As is clear from the invitation, this is not the forum for aficionados to pontificate on why the color orange is much brighter after toking on a joint of Mango Kush.  Nor is it an invitation for you to tell the story about that time your Aunt Midge ate a marijuana-laced brownie and thought she was a pole dancer.

The mission, should you be willing to accept it, is to provide accurate, sourced information on the various segments of cannabis.

Here is more from the project’s organizers:

Cannabis has long been used for hemp fibre, for hemp oils, for medicinal purposes, and for personal use. The plant has a history of medicinal use dating back thousands of years across many cultures, and touches on many different fields of study. This collaboration is being organized by WikiProject Cannabis.

For more information, visit the invitation.


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