Stoners everywhere will probably be taking the day off Friday (April 20) to celebrate the informal holiday known as National Weed Day. But what does 420 even mean?
Depending on whose cloudy judgement you’re relying on, the answers are pretty varied:
- It’s a police code.
- It’s the number of active chemicals in marijuana.
- It’s Adolph Hitler’s birthday (which has something to do with pot?).
- It’s “teatime” in Holland.
- It’s the numbers in Bob Dylan’s song “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” multiplied.
- It refers to Highway 420 in Ontario, Canada, where weed grew freely in the ’60s.
- It’s the number between 419 and 421.
But apparently, none of those are true (except maybe that last one). The Huffington Post tracked 420’s origins back to a group of five San Rafael High School friends known as the Waldos, who coined the term in 1971.
Here’s the deal:
“One day in the Fall of 1971 — harvest time — the Waldos got word of a Coast Guard service member who could no longer tend his plot of marijuana plants near the Point Reyes Peninsula Coast Guard station. A treasure map in hand, the Waldos decided to pluck some of this free bud. The Waldos were all athletes and agreed to meet at the statue of Louis Pasteur outside the school at 4:20, after practice, to begin the hunt.”
And there you have it.
Will you be celebrating?