So here we are on April 20th, national weed day or the international stoner’s day!
A lot of people think April 20th has something to do with Bob Marley, but that’s not true. 4/20 is an urban custom that refers to the yearly consumption of marijuana and cannabis and a way to identify with cannabis culture. This is celebrated every year on April 20th and also daily at 4:20 in the afternoon. A group of high school kids in San Rafael California who dubbed themselves the Waldos because of their hangout wall/meeting place outside of their high school used the term back in 1971 for the first time.
The phrase began when the students were looking for a rumored abandoned marijuana crop and they met at the Louis Pasteur statue at 4:20 to try to search for the crop. After several failed attempts to find the crop they just started using the term to describe marijuana smoking events in general. A writer from High Times was responsible for making the story a cult phenomenon.
There are also stories about Grateful Dead practice sets in San Rafael that helped spread this like wildfire.
These days marijuana laws are becoming a lot more relaxed. There are at least 23 states and the District of Columbia that at this current time have laws legalizing marijuana in some form or another. There are also four U.S. states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use and with Justin Trudeau leading our country, it is only a matter of time before it will be legal everywhere in Canada too because honestly, the only thing people are a threat to after smoking… is cake!