Who Really Invented 420?


This Tuesday marks a holy day in the cannabis calendar, with weed aficionados around the world gearing up for the annual 4/20 celebration. As the event’s profile has grown in recent decades, the figure 420 has become synonymous with pot culture, yet a question mark remains over the origins of the number’s association with cannabis: though a group of friends known as The Waldos have largely been credited with starting the 420 movement, their claim to ownership of the term has recently been disputed by a rival group. Related Post Seedsman’s 420 2021 Promo From 420 to 4/20 Regardless of who first started using the number 420 in connection with cannabis, we can say for sure that the annual festival began to catch on in the early 90s, and owes its global popularity to both The Grateful Dead and High Times Magazine. Back in December 1990, High Times reporter Steve Bloom attended one of the Dead’s concerts in Oakland, California. While walking through the parking lot before the gig, he was handed a yellow flyer announcing the birth of 4/20, and providing details of a weed-themed get-together scheduled for the following April 20th. “We are going to meet at 4:20 on 4/20 for 420-ing in Marin County at the Bolinas Ridge sunset spot on Mt. Tamalpais,” explained the leaflet. To clarify what this meant, the flyer went on to state that “420 started somewhere in San Rafael, California in the late ‘70s. It started as the police code for Marijuana Smoking in Progress. After local heads heard of the police call, they started using the expression 420 when referring to herb – Let’s Go 420, dude!” “After a while something magical happened. People began getting stoned at 4.20 am and/or pm.” Flyer handed out at a Grateful Dead concert, announcing…

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