The annual event is celebrated as a way to celebrate cannabis use, as they campaign for legalization in parts of the world where it is banned.
Here is everything you need to know about 420.
What is that?
420 is an annual event that takes place on April 20 (date is 4/20 or in American format 4/20), in honor of cannabis.
Although 420 is widely used in common language to refer to the date of the event, it also relates to the nature of the celebration, whose history dates back to the early 1970s in California.
How did it start?
It is widely believed that 420 was allegedly rooted in five California high school students – Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz and Mark Gravich.
In 1971, five students from San Rafael High School devised a secret code that they said they would meet again later that day to smoke marijuana.
After talking to each other about “420” passing through their school halls, they met at 4:20 pm to smoke marijuana.
“I could have told my friend, I would have gone, ‘420,’ and it was telepathic. He would have known if I had said, ‘Hey, do you want to go smoking?’ Or, ‘Do you have it? Or,’ Are you being stoned right now? ‘ It was telepathic how you put it, “Capper told The Huffington Post.
“Our teachers did not know what we were talking about. Our parents did not know what we were talking about.”
They nicknamed them “Waldos”, because they smoked marijuana on the wall, the place they chose to smoke was next to a statue of 19th-century scientist Louis Pasteur at their school.
“We’re satisfied with Friday night’s football scene with all the sports people,” Reddix told Time magazine.
“We were the people sitting in the huts pulling a doobie, wondering what we were doing there.”
The student athletes discovered that the abandoned marijuana crop was growing near the Point Reyes Peninsula Coast Guard.
However, despite their many attempts at finding the plot, they did not succeed.
How is it celebrated?
Although it originated in the United States, 420 has grown to be a world-renowned festival.
In addition to the widespread use of marijuana that occurs on April 20, several events are also held to mark the occasion.