The History And Origin of ‘4/20′
It seems like whenever somebody mentions '4/20' a smile comes to a face. That's because that is the time established to light up and take a toke.
With today being April 20th, or "4/20", people across Maine and the northeast will take their liberty and light up a fatty or a skinny of the pot of their choice.
Origins of 4/20
You might ask, "Why 4/20?" The origins of the time and the name may not be crystal clear, however, people have their interpretations.
Some say that 420 was a police code meaning marijuana possession. Others have said that it derives from Bob Dylans "Rainy Day Woman No. 12 & 35." In the tune you hear him sing, "Everybody must get stoned - 420 being the byproduct of 12 times 35. Who knows?
Recently, the 'legend' says that a group of hippies, with big hair, bell bottoms and platform shoes from San Rafael High School in California, who called themselves 'The Waldos', came up with the term.
As it goes, a friend's brother was growing grass out in the woods of Point Reyes and didn't want to get busted, so he drew them a map showing the Waldos were the crop was so they could harvest some for themselves.
In 1971, at 4:20 p.m., just after football practice, the guys would meet near the statue of a chemist - Louis Pasteur - smoke a joint and head out to the weed patch, with the map in hand, however, they never found the spot.
They would use a lexicon called "Louie 420", which turned into only "420" later on, which basically took on a life of its own. The rest is history.
These guys called 'The Waldo's' had postmarked letters and other artifacts that they saved in a vault since the term eventually took off like wildfire.
The Oxford Dictionary eventually added the term to their cache of words and utilized the Waldos letters and artifacts in their articles.