420 (cannabis culture)

related topics
{food, make, wine}
{day, year, event}
{black, white, people}
{language, word, form}
{style, bgcolor, rowspan}
{group, member, jewish}
{album, band, music}
{school, student, university}
{law, state, case}

420, 4:20 or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) refers to consumption of cannabis and, by extension, a way to identify oneself with cannabis subculture. The date April 20 is sometimes referred to as "Weed Day" or "Pot Day".[1]

The most popular current belief is that the term was allegedly coined by a group of teenagers at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, California, United States in 1971.[2][3] The teens would meet after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke marijuana outside the school.[4]

The group called itself the Waldos because its members hung out by a wall after school.[5] Writer Ryan Grim, citing interviews with anonymous Waldos, claims that the group met by a statue of Louis Pasteur on the school grounds at 4:20 p.m. to search for an abandoned cannabis crop near Point Reyes that they had heard about. They never found the stash, Grim writes, but smoked marijuana while looking for it.[6]

High Times Creative Director Steven Hager was the first person to track down the Waldos and publish their account of the origins of the term. Hager wrote an article in October 1998 issue High Times "Are You Stoner Smart or Stoner Stupid?" in which he called for 4:20 PM to be the socially accepted hour of the day to consume cannabis. "I believe 420 is a ritualization of cannabis use that holds deep meaning for our subculture," wrote Hager. "It also points us in a direction for the responsible use of cannabis."

The number '420' often appears as an "easter egg" in widely distributed software. In Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the maximum ammunition load is 420. Facebook statuses are also limited to 420 characters.

Contents

Full article ▸

related documents
Hinamatsuri
Julmust
Luffa
Otto Frederick Rohwedder
Agritourism
Yule log
Norin 10 wheat
Pi Day
Ides of March
Ensete
List of national parks of the Netherlands
Grain of salt
Universe Championships
Nassau, Bahamas
Early day motion
Jaffas (candy)
Tujia
List of cities in Germany
National Party
Thornhill, Cumbria
Scream in Blue
Quinquagesima
List of satellites which have provided data on Earth's magnetosphere
Beckman Research Institute
River Little Stour
Ringkjøbing County
Eustathius Macrembolites
List of artificial radiation belts
Mario Golf
River Upper Great Stour