Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The True History of the Pothead Holiday 4/20

   We were actually ready to re-launch the Chronicle about two weeks ago, but couldn't resist waiting for 4/20, the unofficial day of celebration for potheads all over the world.
   There are many rumors about how the number 420 came to represent marijuana - police code for pot, the number of chemicals in weed,  and so forth - but we're going to give you the real scoop.
   The 420 tradition was started by a group of northern California high school students in 1971. The group called themselves the 'Waldos' and would meet every day after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke pot. One day the Waldos heard about a local marijuana patch that had been abandoned and decided to mount a search. They would meet every day at 4:20, smoke weed together and search for the mythical marijuana garden.
   The Waldos never did find the grow site they were looking for, but began using their meeting time, 4:20, as a general code word for smoking weed or being high in general. The Waldos were Grateful Dead fans and started using the term around a bunch of Dead Heads who ran with it.
   The term is now used the world over to refer to cannabis and the date April 20 (4/20) has become a day of celebration and brotherhood for potheads everywhere.
   Today at 4:20 p.m., marijuana lovers all over the world will light a bowl, or joint or bong or whatever and join together in a spiritual moment to celebrate the wonderful herb that we all love so much. I hope you'll join us!


  1. It's just a day, venerated now by idiot stoners.

    1. Do alcoholics have a day.For idiots who drink thats everyday
      Bring back prohibition

  2. yesss finally someone knows!! it all started in san rafael!!!

  3. And why is it that you think all potheads are idiots? Seems like a very small-minded thing to say.

  4. @anon
    how is 420 any different from christmas?

    its a day that brings all of my friends together unlike we would any other day, why shouldnt there be a day to celebrate weed?

  5. Idiot stoners? I happen to be a medical doctor with a two other PhD's in astrophysics and engineering. I am by no means an idiot and I still enjoy pot and 4/20.

  6. I don't think many of them will wait until 4:20 to blaze LOL