So, no, no concrete evidence that someone else didn't started, no concrete evidence it was them or not, but really, that's like a lot of Etymology, our best guesses, though in most cases it's that people didn't think or care to write down the origins back when they first started using them- and really you never know if something will catch on or not so what's the point of recording use of a word you and your friends use and no one else? It is also an unofficial celebration day for those who support smoking pot for medical, personal, or recreational reasons. The group had associations with the band the Grateful Dead, and it's been assumed that the band began using the term, spreading it among their followers. But they did find a useful codeword. Today is April 20th, a cold and rainy Monday morning here in New York. It probably came out of the bay area because using dank to descibed weed started out as bay area slang also. But I don't think he ever caught on to 420.
Hager said the significance of April 20 dates to a ritual begun in the early 1970s in which a group of Northern California teenagers smoked cannabis every day at 4:20 p. Some of the have included: the birth or death of Bob Marley, a Grateful Dead connection, Hitler's birthday, the chemical make-up of cannabis, police code for a marijuana arrest, a Bob Dylan reference or tea time in Holland. Archived from on April 10, 2009. The publicity that High Times gave it is what made it an international thing. Hitler was born on 20 April 1889, and the massacre of 13 victims at Columbine High School in Colorado took place on 20 April 1999.
I am always late to the party when it comes to counterculture vernacular. He attributes the early spread of the phrase to , who were also linked to the city of San Rafael. But they are starting to cash in, if only a little. On that day many marijuana users protest in by gathering in public to light up at 4:20 p. In Colorado, the replaced the Mile Marker 420 sign on east of Denver with one reading 419.
As almost everyone who attended college between the mid-1990s and the current day can tell you, there is a strong association between the number 420 and the illegal substance commonly known as. The group began using the term 420. Pot is still, after all, illegal. Section 420 of the California penal code refers to obstructing entry on public land. Hager wrote Stoner Smart or Stoner Stupid? The flyers went on to explain that 420 was California police code for marijuana smoking in progress. Depending on who you ask, or their state of inebriation, there are as many varieties of answers as strains of medical bud in California.
Eventually, they started using 420 as a code word for weed, and it grew from there. Archived from on August 27, 2017. We were probably too stoned, Schwartz said. Reddix's older brother was friends with band member Phil Lesh and that led to backstage passes and smoking sessions with the roadies and other crew members, who picked up the code. The Waldos, meanwhile, have taken pains to document their links to 420 in the media.
We did it week after week, says Steve. It was straight of a Cheech and Chong movie, Schwartz said. There's a wikipedia that covers it, but reddit hates parenthesis within links, Pretty sure I saw some movie that was about it too, same treasure map story too, but I can't recall what it was called and seems everything I search for points just to the map guys. The most credible story traces the date to Marin County, Calif. In the past, most of these 420 gatherings have been quite peaceful and mellow. Gravich's youngest daughter attends his alma mater and his oldest daughter is a recent graduate.
They held ideas meetings at 4. Though dozens of 420-related trademarks have been issued to various companies, The Waldos hold only one. Whether that means lighting up at 4:20 p. They would meet at 4:20 and go search for the pot field. Smokers are celebrating breakthroughs in their legalisation campaign elsewhere too. Odd terms sneak into our language every now and then, and this is one of the oddest. Bloom, now the publisher of Celebstoner.
So what's the real story behind 420? That's why I showed the wiki link, I don't have any secret evidence, just the citations provided in that article. From left to right: Mark Gravitch, Larry Schwartz, Dave Reddix, Steve Capper, and Jeffrey Noel posed below a statue of Louis Pasteur at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, Calif. Thousands illegally consume cannabis in Golden Gate Park to celebrate 420 and end prohibition, April 20, 2013. They are endorsing an Oakland company's vaping pen, which of course will be released on Friday at 4:20 p. Archived from on April 26, 2007. Both say they've long been aware of their father's involvement in creating 420.
No, it isn't the number of chemical compounds in the drug celebrated on the date. Tamalpais, reads the message, which Bloom dug up and forwarded to the Huffington Post. It's a lot of fun, but it seems like if someone does it too much, there's some karmic cost to it. The man claimed that it was his pals at San Rafael High, called the Bebes, who came up with the term 420. Indeed, a group of five San Rafael High School friends known as the Waldos - by virtue of their chosen hang-out spot, a wall outside the school - coined the term in 1971. This might be the biggest 420 ever, says Bloom. Forget the weather, their heads are up in the clouds…of smoke.
However, as amusing as it is to tie 420 to pot smoking and hunt for it in popular movies, the number has its dark side. By the early '90s, it had penetrated deep enough that Dave and Steve started hearing people use it in unexpected places - Ohio, Florida, Canada - and spotted it painted on signs and etched into park benches. The Waldos also had open access to Dead parties and rehearsals. This is the psychoactive metabolite that gets you baked, to use the medical terminology. That's because the date has long been associated with smoking marijuana, and has been celebrated and mythologized in pop culture and by stoners for years. A number of myths abound, perhaps the most popular being that 420 is the police code used to signify possession of marijuana.