420 Origins

420 Origins

Every day at 4:20pm, cannabis lovers light up, and every year on 4/20, celebrations and gatherings around the world take place.


What is the significance of this number and where did it originate from?


While there are a lot of tales, the most credible of these dates back to the early 70’s in Marin County, California.


According to Time Magazine “In 1971, five students at San Rafael High School would meet at 4:20 p.m. by the campus’ statue of chemist Louis Pasteur to partake. They chose that specific time because extracurricular activities had usually ended by then. This group — Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, and Mark Gravich — became known as the “Waldos” because they met at a wall. They would say “420” to each other as code for marijuana.”


Later on, the Grateful Dead are considered to have helped popularize the term when Reddix was a roadie for the band.


So there you have it, the 4/20 origin story. Since then the number has become synonymous with cannabis and the cannabis lifestyle.


What does 420 mean to you? How do you celebrate 420 each year?


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Have a happy and safe 4/20!

Mariah Martinez
Mariah Martinez

California girl, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Marketing and Branding for the cannabis industry.

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