In cannabis culture, 4/20 (April 20) is a significant date; but before it became a date, its original reference was time—as in 4:20 in the afternoon. Arguably, weed shipping requests for this date has increased in recent years, thanks to the legalization of cannabis use in some states in the U.S. How did 4/20 become ingrained in pop culture?
Briefly, 4:20 was the time when five teenage boys would meet after class to smoke weed. High school friends Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, and Mark Gravich, all from San Rafael High School would meet by the school’s statue of Louis Pasteur to smoke pot. The time was chosen because around this time, activities in school have already ended. This was way back in 1971. “420” became their private code for this after-school activity.
Today, 4/20 has revolved into a global movement. A day when all weed smokers joined together to smoke pot—usually time-synchronized to make up for differences in time zones. Here are other ways that 4/20 has influenced the public:
1. Protests to legalize it has prompted a few legislators to draft bills seeking for its legalization (bill titles included the 4/20 term as in CA’s California Senate Bill 420). Guam also filed a similar bill entitled Bill 420; but unlike the California Senate Bill 420, which was passed by the California State Legislature, Guam’s Bill 420 wasn’t as successful in its attempt to legalize marijuana use.
2. It has been used as a focal point for a few notable TV shows, some of which include Weeds, Wilfred, Trailer Park Boys, and Ideal.
3. Global celebrations are held on 4/20. The day is called by numerous names, “Hash Day,” “Pot Day” and “Cannabis Day” are only some of them.
420 road signs have been reported stolen numerous times as well, as in the case of Colorado’s 420 Mile Marker. The original sign and its replacements were always getting stolen so they opted to finally replace the mile marker with a 419.99!
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