Maybe you’ve noticed that there is something in the air today. 20/4 is “weed day” in some places because of the match of the marijuana numerical code. It may seem random. So, how is the number 420 representing smoking pot?
Firstly, let’s talk about the myths and rumors:
Some think the number is taken from the California codes that are used to punish people using marijuana. However, the state’s 420 code actually about preventing entry on public land. So, it can’t be.
Also, there are rumors that it’s…
The legend of the police radio code
Neither LAPD nor NYPD even has a code 420. San Francisco Police have one. However, it’s for an “adolescent unsettling influence.” So quit worrying about that hypothesis. At that point there’s …
The legend of the Dylan song
This one is a gesture to Bob Dylan’s song, “Stormy Day Women #12 and 35” and its verse, “Everyone must get stoned.” Multiply 12 by 35 and you get 420. It appears to be somewhat of a stretch. What’s more, Dylan himself has never affirmed any connection. The story that seems to hold the most water is …
The legend of the Waldos
As indicated by Chris Conrad, keeper of the Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum in Oakland, California, 420 began as a mystery code among high schoolers in the mid-1970s.
A gathering of companions at San Rafael High School in Marin County, California, who called themselves “the Waldos,” would regularly meet at 4:20 p.m. to get high.
For them, it was a perfect time: They were out of school yet their folks despite everything weren’t home, giving them a window of unaided opportunity. They met around then consistently close to a sculpture of Louis Pasteur, the researcher who spearheaded purification.
The 4:20 time turned into a code for them to use before their clueless guardians, and 420 step by step spread from that point across California and past. It’s even the quantity of a California Senate charge that built up the state’s average pot program.
What was shorthand for a gathering of companions would now be able to be seen on T-shirts and all through mainstream society. Also, obviously, on the calendar each April.