Here is the true story of why we celebrate the 4 / 20
Every year on April 20, cannabis users and activists unite to celebrate and demand the legalization of the plant. There are several theories about the origin of "420'.
420 is a popular slang expression that refers to the consumption of cannabis, especially at 16:20 p.m. The date of 4/20 (April 20) is known today as cannabis-related celebrations and demonstrations around the world.
We don't really know what led to the cultivation and the craze of the mainstream 420 over the last few years but one thing is certain: a magazine flyer is apparently the first proof of the origin of this phenomenon.
The concept was born in May 1991 in high time
High Times magazine editor at the time, Steve Bloom, first heard about the concept earlier during the performance of Grateful Dead, when young people handed him a little flyer titled "Cannabis. smoke at 4:20 ".
The leaflet outlines tips for smoking cannabis at 16h20 and guides you to the destination where the official date of plant lovers will be celebrated.
Shortly after publishing the transcript of this pamphlet in 1991, the concept began to appear everywhere: baseball caps, shirts and stickers.
The first mass cannabis events on April 20 took place in San Francisco in the mid-90s and were organized by the Cannabis Action Network legalization group. These events spread to the rest of the United States in the years to come, and then to other major cities around the world.
In most countries of the world, the police are patient and arrests are considered a rare sight at such events.
So why the 20 April?
The most widely accepted claim, which has been officially adopted by the famous High Times cannabis magazine, is that 420 was born in 1971 by a group of students from San Rafael University in California, who met every day at 4:20 am to smoke. Over time, the phrase "420" has become a code name for the daily seal.
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Another interesting argument is that the term originated 5 years ago and has its origins in the song “Everybody Must Get Get Stoned” by Bob Dylan in 1966 (actually called “Rainy Day Women 12 & 35”). If you multiply 12 by 35, you will get 420.
What does 420 not mean
As with any taboo subject, there are a number of urban legends about what 420 means. Here are a few:
- Rumor has it that Colorado police used to raid traffickers just at 4:20 a.m., thinking they might catch them red-handed, of course not.
- Some claim that 420 is the number of cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant (and this is not true)
- Others will tell you that 420 is a US police code number used to report drug-related events, and no, it isn't.
- This is the date Bob Marley passed away. The reggae legend actually succumbed to melanoma on May 11, 1981. Eighty also doesn't refer to Marley's birthday; he was born on February 6, 1945.
Like many other days of celebration, the 420 has become an opportunity for chronic capitalists to try and make money. Therefore, many companies offer all kinds of marketing promotions.
Netflix is offering something a little different with the release of a new 4/20 documentary titled Grass Is Greener.
Directed and narrated by hip-hop legend Fab 5 Freddy, Grass is Greener explores the connection between grass, music, social justice and injustice throughout history in America. Zoom on the drug war steeped in racial injustice. Experts are exploring America's complex relationship with weed. Hip-hop legend Fab 5 Freddy directs and narrates this documentary starring Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill's B-Real, DMC, Killer Mike, Chuck D and Damian Marley who are some of the essential influencers in the cannabis world.