The origin of 4:20, weed’s high holiday
So it’s been in the air, all over social media, 4:20. You probably are wondering what’s that and if you know, you don’t know it’s origin. Well, for starters, 4:20 is derived from the 20th day of April every year which marks Marijuana’s high holiday. What does that mean even? In some states in US where marijuana, on this date, college students are seen gathered in squads for a puff and pot shops offer discounts to their customers. And what about the fellows from countries where weed is illegal? Hold up.
There are many explanations of the emergence of 4:20. One says that it was a police code used in the states to mean marijuana possession, some say it’s from Bobby Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35” since it had the refrain “Everybody must get stoned” while one of the most agreed on is about these high school students from California. The consensus is that these bell-bottomed high school students doing weed and called themselves ‘The Waldos’. In 1972 after classes at 4:20 pm, the students would go to a weed farm of one of their buddies’ brothers to harvest. They would do it daily, after classes, and it became a norm.
So it became like a secret code to them. Like, ‘Hey, where we doin 420 today?’ in front of their parents who didn’t decode what they were saying. It became fancy, and soon took all over other states. Funny enough, the number of a California Senate Bill that established the state’s medial marijuana program was 420. Then the pop culture picked up the lingo and bang! The whole world did.