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Fun Fact April 20, 2020

20 April 2020


Today is April 20th, or 4/20, a date synonymous with smoking marijuana, but why?  Some suspect it has links to the Bob Dylan song Rainy Day Women #12 and #35.  Twelve times 35 equals 420.  Today is also Adolph Hitler’s birthday.  It was thought that Hitler was addicted to various drugs.  Another theory is that the police code for someone actively smoking marijuana is a 420.  According to Time dot com, all those theories are false.  The most credible story takes us to Marin County, Calif. In 1971, where five students at San Rafael High School would meet at 4:20 p.m. by a statue of Louis Pasteur that was on the campus to partake. They chose that specific time because extracurricular activities had usually ended by then. The group became known as the “Waldos” because they met at a wall. They would say “420” to each other as code for marijuana.  Fast forward to a Grateful Dead concert in 1990 where flyers were handed out inviting people to smoke on April 20th at 4:20.  Steve Bloom, the Editor of High Times magazine got a copy of the poster and in 1991 his magazine published the flyer and the stoner holiday was born.


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