How pot holiday 4/20 came to be
On April 20, people celebrated the pot holiday. It was marijuana culture’s high holiday, 4/20. People gathered to celebrate a drug that remains illegal in most countries. The festival was cherished by pot smokers around the world. Major rallies occur to celebrate the festival.
Do you want to know how pot holiday 4/20 came into existence? Here’s a look at the history of the holiday 4/20.
Why the 4/20 holiday?
People say that the term “420” is a police code for marijuana possession. 4/20 is a holiday celebrating marijuana. Reportedly, the term came from Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35,” with its refrain of “Everybody must get stoned” — 420 being the product of 12 times 35.
The real origin of the 4/20 holiday still remains a mystery. According to The New York Times, the ritual was started by a group of buddies from San Rafael High School in California in the 1970s. According to Steven Hager, a former editor of the news outlet High Times, the group of school friends smoked marijuana every day at 4:20 pm. A friend’s brother used to grow cannabis in the woods at Point Reyes. The ritual spread to other countries. The term 420 became the code for smoking marijuana.
Another theory also emerged regarding the celebration of the pot holiday 4/20. Reportedly, there are around 420 active chemicals in marijuana. After many years, the term became more evident. In the 1990s, a flier was circulated urging people to “meet at 4:20 on 4/20 for 420-ing in Marin County at the Bolinas Ridge sunset spot on Mt. Tamalpais in California in the United States.” High Times published the news story. Subsequently, the holiday became famous.
The festival is celebrated with weed. Thousands of people gather to have fun and smoke weed. Whatever the origin of the 4/20 pot holiday, it has become a massive holiday for cannabis lovers.