Purple Haze, OG Kush, White Widow, Sour Diesel…just a very small percent of all of the lovely things that are being smoked around the country today. 4/20, also known as National Weed Day, is a day when marijuana lovers roll up, smoke and most likely eat everything in your kitchen.
The funny thing about it, though, is people know that they’re supposed to celebrate today…but they’re not actually sure why! Many get it confused and think it’s the day Bob Marley passed, but the actual story dates back to a group of stoners in North California.
This group at San Rafael High School called themselves the Waldos, they were to meet up at the same time everyday (4:20p.m) at a statue of Louis Pasteur at their school to smoke weed.
Check out what a Huffington Post journalist had to say:
In 1990, Steven Bloom, then a reporter for High Times magazine and later publisher of CelebStoner.com, received a flyer while walking in, where else, the parking lot of a Dead concert, according to the Huffington Post. The flyer detailed the story of 420, which began as “as the police code for Marijuana Smoking in Progress” in San Rafael, Calif. Though the part about the police code was later proven to be false, Bloom helped bring the term to the attention of High Times editor Steven Hager, who told the reporter to publish the flyer, which he did in 1991. Hager also adopted the term, so much so that he planned a festival around that date, created a section of the magazine named after the number and scheduled daily staff meetings for 4:20 p.m., according to the Daily Beast. High Times eventually got in touch with the Waldos and published the group’s story in the magazine in 1998.
And do remember that the popular film Friday is playing today at select theaters for one night only today, in celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary. Happy 4/20 to all the smokers out there!