Happy Friday Huns!!! Today is April 20th & that may not mean much to most of you...... But to the others today is a national holiday! Ok so folks who don't know, please stop scratching & remove finger from head..... I will try to buzz y'all in on the Hopla! And for my 420ers I will give you a quick history on where the day originated from.......I wil keep it quick cuz I know reading ain't what you wanna do today, LOL!!!!
4/20 I'd know it as National smoke out day or Burn out day, there are plenty of creative names for this day but what ever you call it, I know you've wondered where the day came from? Who thought of this day to be THE DAY to celebrate weed? I know dang well I'm not the only person. Well they sat it started in Tha Town (Oakland) (sidenote: really tho!) Christmas weekend with a flyer for The Grateful Dead
"We are going to meet at 4:20 on 4/20 for 420-ing in Marin County at the Bolinas Ridge sunset spot on Mt. Tamalpais,"
The flyer came complete with a 420 back story:
That flyer was sent to The Huffington Postt as proof of where this day started, but in a May 1991 issue of High Times posted this story:"420 started somewhere in San Rafael, California in the late '70s. It started as the police code for Marijuana Smoking in Progress. After local heads heard of the police call, they started using the expression 420 when referring to herb - Let's Go 420, dude!"
But not totally satisfied with that story either the Hunt for 420 went further & come to find out The day 420 was Coined in 1971 by a group of 5 San Rafeal high schoolers called, The Waldo's. They claim to be the originators of this code/day. Although they have NO PROOF, they do have items from the 70's with the original postmarks & their story which they told to The Huffington Post goes like this...
" One day in the Fall of 1971 - harvest time - the Waldos got word of a Coast Guard service member who could no longer tend his plot of marijuana plants near the Point Reyes Peninsula Coast Guard station. A treasure map in hand, the Waldos decided to pluck some of this free bud.But now the next question is how did it go from Tha Bay to The World??? To check the rest of The Waldo's story & history of 420 check out The Huffington Post
The Waldos were all athletes and agreed to meet at the statue of Loius Pasteur outside the school at 4:20, after practice, to begin the hunt.
"We would remind each other in the hallways we were supposed to meet up at 4:20. It originally started out 4:20-Louis and we eventually dropped the Louis," Waldo Steve tells The Huffington Post
The first forays out were unsuccessful, but the group kept looking for the hidden crop. "We'd meet at 4:20 and get in my old '66 Chevy Impala and, of course, we'd smoke instantly and smoke all the way out to Pt. Reyes and smoke the entire time we were out there. We did it week after week," says Steve. "We never actually found the patch."
But they did find a useful codeword. "I could say to one of my friends, I'd go, 420, and it was telepathic. He would know if I was saying, 'Hey, do you wanna go smoke some?' Or, 'Do you have any?' Or, 'Are you stoned right now?' It was kind of telepathic just from the way you said it," Steve says. "Our teachers didn't know what we were talking about. Our parents didn't know what we were talking about."