The History of America’s “Stoner Holiday”

April 20th, also known as “420” or the “stoner holiday,” is just around the corner. This 420 will be unlike like any other. After all, it’s the first since recreational weed officially became legal in this state. But what the heck is it, anyway?

The Huffington Post ran a great synopsis back in 2011, and it’s worth revisiting today. According to HuffPo, it all goes back to the Grateful Dead (of course) and a high school meetup in San Rafael, California that forever ingrained those three numbers into the stoner lexicon.

As for the longstanding rumor that 420 is connected to the police code for marijuana smoking? That’s bull, says HuffPo.

It had nothing to do with a police code… Indeed, a group of five San Rafael High School friends known as the Waldos - by virtue of their chosen hang-out spot, a wall outside the school - coined the term in 1971. The Huffington Post spoke with Waldo Steve, Waldo Dave and Dave’s older brother, Patrick, and confirmed their full names and identities, which they asked to keep secret for professional reasons. (Pot is still, after all, illegal.)

Not anymore.

Read more about the history of 420 here