Today is 420 ladies and gentleman an unofficial national marijuana holiday for all cannabis enthusiasts to enjoy. However for those who are not familiar with the origin of 4:20 there is a unique stoner history to this widely celebrated ganja holiday.

The origin of 4:20 is said to begin back in the early 70’s when a group of teens located in San Rafael, California started calling themselves the Waldos because  “their chosen hang-out spot was a wall outside the school”. The Waldos developed a plan in the fall of ’71 to set out on a quest to find an abandoned marijuana crop that the group had previously learned about.

The Waldos made the Louis Pasteur statue their central meet up point at San Rafeal High School and 4:20 p.m. would be their meet up time. The phrase “4:20 Louis” was a term used that referred to their plan to find the secret crop. After many failed efforts to find this abandoned crop “4:20 Louis” was soon after shortened just to “4:20”, which eventually turned into a codeword that cannabis users are using to define smoking pot in general.

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  1. I like this article just like my high school days but more importantly I finally know where 420 originated from

  2. I was always wondering where the term 420 term came from. Someone once told me a long time ago that 420 was a police term. I like this version better. To bad the kids never found the crop:)

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