Happy 420

weed cannabis smokeYou may or may not know this but for some, today is a holiday of sorts. April 20th is celebrated annually. 420 is a term coined in northern California, 1971 by five high school friends that called themselves The Waldos. They got wind that a buddy could no longer tend his pot plants near a local Coast Guard station. The Waldos, with map in hand, decided to go find some free weed. They agreed to meet after practice outside of school at 4:20pm to head out on their mission. The first trip was unsuccessful, so the met again the next day….and the next…and the next. Same time, same place. They would pass each other in the halls and say “4:20” as a reminder to meet up. Although they never found the coveted patch, it became their code word for hanging out and smoking pot. Thanks to the northern Cali location, the vibe of the times, the marijuana counter culture, and The Grateful Dead the code made its way from Marin, CA to becoming synonymous with pot smoking and is celebrated on 4/20 at 4:20. Shoot, the California Medicinal Marijuana Program Act that was passed is California Senate Bill 420!!

Reference: http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/2012/04/20/freedom-of-choice/

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