Stoner History 101: 4.20

20 04 2010

I’m back!

The beasts in my sinuses are being eradicated as we speak by my good friend, Zithromax, and just in time for the biggest stoner holiday of the year.

Most people who have had any exposure to “cannabis culture” have heard 4.20 referenced, but do you really know where it comes from?

Legend has it, in 1971, a group of California teenagers were tipped off to the existence of an abandoned cannabis crop near Point Reyes. Each afternoon the group would meet after school at 4:20 at the Louis Pasteur statue to smoke marijuana and go looking for the fabled crop. The abandoned plants were never found, but the smoking ritual remained. The group called themselves the “Waldos” due to their tendency to hang out against a wall after school.

It just so happened that one of the Waldos had a brother with a connection to the Grateful Dead. The boys had regular contact (and smoke outs) with the Dead, who would spread 4.20 as a stoner term throughout the nation.

Today, activists for legalization of marijuana use 4.20 as a day to not only celebrate and consume cannabis, but also to educate about its uses and advocate its decriminalization in non-medical form in the US.

The largest annual celebration takes place on the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus. The past two years’ events in Boulder have included over 10,000 attendees.

So, have a happy 4.20 everyone! I know I will. 😉 And keep an eye out for future Stoner History 101 posts.

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5 responses

20 04 2010
Kris

Who knew? I sure didn’t. Interesting.

21 04 2010
Ashley

I should’ve known bitch, that YOU would post about smoking pot!!!!

We always skipped school on 4.20 so we wouldn’t waste one minute of this precious holiday NOT wasted!

Awwww… To be young again! Damnit!

22 04 2010
amburgular

I wouldn’t disappoint!!! I’m totally planning to make Stoner History 101 a regular thing around here too! I’m all about edu-fucking-cation.

22 04 2010
The Faux Trixie

That’s interesting. I always thought it was named after the police code for possession, which doesn’t make any sense, but whatevs.

22 04 2010
amburgular

Very common misconception, no truth to it that I can find.

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