Trending Right Now: Happy 420 And The Pothead’s Folklore

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Today is the World Pothead day aka Happy 420.

How did that number get into pop-culture and become the puff-puff-pass version of the Oktoberfest?

The Happy 420 tradition began with a group of teens known as the Waldos who grew up in Marin County, California. (Delightfully, they were called “the Waldos” because they liked to hang out beside a wall near San Rafael High School.)

The Waldos, among them Mark Gravitch, Dave Reddix and Steve Capper, initially attempted to conceal their identities to protect their adult lives and careers.

420 was when all the boys got out of detention. After detention, they would meetup at 420 and everyone would go get high. Thus, 4:20 was the time of day after detention for everyone to go get ripped.

Here are some untrue Pothead folklore about 420:

420 is not police code for marijuana violations.

420 is not the number of active chemical compounds in marijuana. (It’s 315.)

420 is Adolf Hitler’s birthday, but that’s not where the tradition comes from.

The actual reason the five original Waldos used the number is because 4:20 was the time they would meet each day to go search for a legendary lost marijuana crop near the Point Reyes Coast Guard Station.

4.20 was the time they usually got out of detention and met up to go weed-hunting and smoking.

So, as you share a Happy 420, also puff-puff pass for peace.

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