What Is 420? 

By THOUSIF INC

Thousands gather in London’s Hyde Park, in green spaces up and down the country and far beyond, to mark a day that has become synonymous with marijuana.

The origins behind 420 are still debated, but the most commonly accepted story dates back to 1970s California.

As a Hyde Park 420 Facebook event explains:

“Back in 1971, five students at San Rafael High School in California would meet at 4.20 PM right after doing their after-school sports by the school’s statue of Louis Pasteur to toke up.”

The group, which called itself The Waldos, adopted 420 as slang for smoking cannabis.

The group, which called itself The Waldos, adopted 420 as slang for smoking cannabis.

“This spread, 4.20 PM became known as the perfect time for smoking weed, and the number 420 became synonymous with marijuana,” the story goes.

In 2012 one of the group members, Steve Capper told The Huffington Post:

“We would remind each other in the hallways that we were supposed to meet up at 4.20.”

Reportedly another of the group members, Dave Reddix, became friends with the bassist of The Grateful Dead.

As a result, the band has helped popularise 20 April as “weed day.”

Using the American calendar method of putting the month before the day, 4/20 is 20 April.

Thus, 20 April turned into a day of celebration for all things marijuana.

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