Significance of 4/20

420, 4:20 or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) refers to consumption of cannabis and, by extension, a way to identify oneself with cannabis subculture.

The term was coined from a group of teenagers at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, California, United States in 1971. The teens would meet after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke marijuana outside the school.

According to an April 2009 article on the The Huffington Post, the group called itself the Waldos because its members hung out by a wall after school. Writer Ryan Grim, citing interviews with anonymous Waldos, claims that the group met by the statue at 4:20 p.m. to begin a search for a crop of abandoned cannabis growing near Point Reyes that they had heard about. They never found the stash, Grim writes, but smoked plenty of marijuana while looking for it.

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Also, it's Hitler's birthday:

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    The Columbine High School massacre occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999.

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    heil cannabis! sharenator rasse uber alles!

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  • 1

    I always wondered about the actual origins of this holiday...

    • Dawn
    • April 20, 2010, 2:51 pm
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    The Hitler thing is just a coincidence.

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    I wasn't even referring to that... I've heard stories of everything from 4-20 being a police response code of some form to a guy named Jester Hopper-Pot.

    • Dawn
    • April 20, 2010, 4:27 pm
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    Sounds suspiciously like the name Chester Copperpot, which I dimly remember from The Goonies.

    But then Im also suspicious of whether a bunch of stoner kids would have and exact time of day to meet up and get high.

    • Ruleb
    • April 21, 2010, 4:26 pm
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    I believe it was a playoff, but I never watched The Goonies. A show called Code Monkeys did a 420 Episode involving finding a hidden bus underground and I think smoking the Declaration of Independence.

    • Dawn
    • April 21, 2010, 4:28 pm
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    Well by celebrating 4/20, youre pretty much celebrating: Hitlers birthday and the Columbine massacre... why notmove it to lets say... 4/21... o.O

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