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Cannabis History | "420" Theories

April 20th, or 4/20, is a special day for many cannabis enthusiasts around the world. This date has become synonymous with the celebration of all things marijuana-related. But how did this holiday come to be, and what is its history?

Origin and History of 4/20

There are several theories about the origin of 4/20 as a cannabis holiday. One of the most popular stories traces the origin back to a group of high school students in San Rafael, California, in the early 1970s. According to this theory, the students would meet after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke marijuana. They used "420" as a code word for marijuana, which eventually became a popular term among cannabis enthusiasts.

The Waldos are a group of high school students from San Rafael, California, who are credited with coining the term "420" as a code word for marijuana. The group consisted of Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, and Mark Gravich.

The story goes that in the early 1970s, the Waldos learned about a Coast Guard member who had abandoned a plot of marijuana plants near Point Reyes, California. They decided to meet at 4:20 p.m. to search for the plants. Although they never found the plants, they continued to meet at 4:20 p.m. to smoke marijuana, using "420" as a code word to refer to marijuana. The term eventually caught on among their peers and became widely used in the cannabis community. While the exact origin of the term is still debated, the story of the Waldos and their role in popularizing "420" has become a part of cannabis folklore.

Regardless of its origins, 4/20 has become a global phenomenon and a day for cannabis enthusiasts to celebrate their love for the plant.

Current Day Celebration of 4/20

Today, 4/20 is celebrated in many different ways around the world. Some people choose to simply smoke marijuana and relax with friends, while others organize festivals, concerts, and other events.

In places where marijuana is legal, 4/20 celebrations can be quite large and extravagant. In Colorado, for example, the annual 4/20 celebration in Denver's Civic Center Park attracts thousands of people. The event features live music, food vendors, and of course, plenty of marijuana.

In other parts of the world, where marijuana is still illegal, 4/20 celebrations can be more low-key. Some people choose to smoke in private or with a small group of friends. Others may attend smaller, more underground events. Regardless of the location or size of the celebration, 4/20 is a day for cannabis enthusiasts to come together and celebrate their love for the plant.

In conclusion, 4/20 is a holiday that has become an important part of cannabis culture around the world. While its exact origins are somewhat unclear, the holiday has evolved into a day for cannabis enthusiasts to come together and celebrate their shared love for the plant.

As more and more states and countries legalize marijuana, it will be interesting to see how 4/20 celebrations continue to evolve in the coming years. One thing is for sure: for cannabis enthusiasts, April 20th will always be a special day.


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