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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 decade ago

What does 420 come from?

i heard its hitler's bday or something? why do they call weed 420?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    What Does '420' Mean?

    A discussion on our Parenting Advice and Support Forum, had this Guide in puzzlement. I had reported years ago that the term 420(pronounced four twenty, not four hundred and twenty), was police code for smoking marijuana in a feature on pager codes that teenagers use to "talk" to each other. I began researching the number again and it seems I was wrong. Read on to learn the myths, the truth about the origin and what this term means for parents.

    Known Myths

    Police dispatch code for smoking pot is 420. The number 420 is not police radio code for anything, anywhere. Checks of criminal codes suggest that the origin is neither Californian nor federal. For instance, California Penal Code 420 defines as a misdemeanor the hindrance of use of public lands.

    There are approximately 420 active chemicals in marijuana. Actually, there are approximately 315 active chemicals in marijuana. This number goes up and down depending on which plant is used.

    April 20th is National Pot Smokers Day. Well, it is now; but that wasn't the origin.

    April 20th is Hitler's birthday. Yes, it is his birthday. But, as 420 started out as a time, not a date, his birthday had nothing to do with it.

    April 20th is the date of the Columbine school shootings. This happened after the term was already in use.

    4:20 is tea time for pot-smokers in Holland. Tea time in Holland is at 5:30 pm, or is it 2:30 pm? Seems no one is quite sure when the wonderful people of Holland drink their tea.

    The Origin Revealed

    According to Steven Hager, editor of High Times, the term 420 originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971, among a group of about a dozen pot-smoking wiseacres who called themselves the Waldos, who are now pushing 50. The term was shorthand for the time of day the group would meet, at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur, to smoke pot. Intent on developing their own discreet language, they made 420 code for a time to get high, and its use spread among members of an entire generation. While our teens feel that they know something we don't, you can let them in on the fact that it was your generation that came up with the numbers.

    A quote from one of the Waldos in the High Times article states, "We did discover we could talk about getting high in front of our parents without them knowing by using the phrase 420." Fortunately, your teenagers will not have that same option.

    Whatever!

    Simply put, 420 is a symbol of cannabis and its culture.

    Today, April 20th events are international, and 4:20 pm has become sort of a world wide "burn time". It certainly doesn't matter too much where the term came from because for us parents, it's a flag, a warning sign that our teenagers may be into something that could harm their future. When you see the symbol 420, be aware of what it represents.

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  • 4 years ago

    Up and around the Jersey area there was school which was home to a notorious group of kids who were major potheads, and everyday after school and on weekends they would get together at 4:20 and blaze. It is now essenitial to go out after school April 20, at 4:20 and get baked out of your mind. It was Hitler's Birthday however it is not the police code for posession of Marijuana because all Police codes start with a letter and then 3 numbers. Hope this Helps... 10 days later

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Some say that 420 originated from a police code that announces marijuana use is taking place.but that was found later on not to be true.... Yet another story is that a group of guys (Waldo's) in the 1970's made 4:20 their official meeting time to smoke marijuana after school.April 20th (4/20). also on 4/20 time for to plant before the summer.... Today, April 20th events are international, and 4:20 pm has become sort of a world wide "burn time

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    April 20 is National Pot Smoking Day!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    its hitler's birthday but also at 4:20 pm every day people take a break from work and smoke pot...it is not another phrase for pot

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it is hitlers birthday. its also MINE! haha but not the point..its one of the names for weed- so its also national smoke weed day

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    one of my favorite days

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