Not too long ago the number 420 was a secret code for fellow stoners to signal to each other is was time to sesh. However now with legalized states and marijuana becoming more accepted in society, 420 has become as significant of a holiday as Thanksgiving.
Where did this idea even come from though and how did it become this cult-like international stoner holiday? Legend has it that a group high school friends in Marina County, California around the late 60’s are the creators of 4/20 being a weed holiday because they would have to smoke after school around
Legend has it that a group high school friends in Marina County, California around the late 60’s are the creators of 4/20 being a weed holiday because they would have to smoke after school around 4:20PM.
Eventually, it became a tradition for them and their friends and the rest was history. The group of high school stoners called themselves “The Waldos”, because they often had to smoke behind the back wall of their school.
Apparently “The Waldos” were also on a hunt for an supposed abonded pot farm in their neighborhood.
“According the Waldos, in 1971 they were your typical weed-lovin’ Cali high school students. They heard that some dude from the Coast Guard had been forced to abandon a plot of marijuana plants in Point Reyes and decided to find the fabled field,” according to a story VICE News. “They agreed to meet at a statue of French microbiologist Louis Pasteur at 4:20PM, then they would smoke up and stumble around the wilds of Point Reyes searching.Despite looking for several weeks, they never uncovered the tantalizing supply of free dope, but they did coin a code they could use to conceal their drug use from their parents and teachers”.
The high friends, now all in their prime, have come forward to mark their place in stoner history and no one else has claimed it wasn’t them so the legend must be true. However, it’s not like we have weed history books (yet) so the origin of 420 is still pretty hard to fully track down and prove.
Soon enough 420 became an easy way to say “Want to go smoke some weed?” without actually saying it. Now it’s become a major part of pop culture and the cannabis industry. Some people even go to the lengths of buying gifts, taking the day off work, and going to or hosting full on marijuana parties and events on April 20.
But now you can sit around your smoke sesh circle and tell the story of how it all began. Merry 420 to all and of course get lit responsibly!