However I remember when I was a kid in High School and this day really took off as a holiday. Here is a bit of history of just how it came to be. And below you can find some of the best local 420 parties if you choose to partake… Be safe stoners!!
Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, routinely plays with the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, now touring as The Dead. He’s just finished a Dead show in Washington, D.C. and gets a pop quiz from the Huffington Post.
Where does 420 come from?
He pauses and thinks, hands on his side. “I don’t know the real origin. I know myths and rumors,” he says. “I’m really confused about the first time I heard it. It was like a police code for smoking in progress or something. What’s the real story?”
Depending on who you ask, or their state of inebriation, there are as many varieties of answers as strains of medical bud in California. It’s the number of active chemicals in marijuana. It’s teatime in Holland. It has something to do with Hitler’s birthday. It’s those numbers in that Bob Dylan song multiplied.
The origin of the term 420, celebrated around the world by pot smokers every April 20th, has long been obscured by the clouded memories of the folks who made it a phenomenon.
The Huffington Post chased the term back to its roots and was able to find it in a lost patch of cannabis in a Point Reyes, California forest. Just as interesting as its origin, it turns out, is how it spread.
It starts with the Dead.
It was Christmas week in Oakland, 1990. Steven Bloom was wandering through The Lot – that timeless gathering of hippies that springs up in the parking lot before every Grateful Dead concert – when a Deadhead handed him a yellow flyer.
“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,” reads the message, which Bloom dug up and forwarded to the Huffington Post. Bloom, then a reporter for High Times magazine and now the publisher of CelebStoner.com and co-author of Pot Culture, had never heard of “420-ing” before.
The flyer came complete with a 420 back 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!”
Bloom reported his find in the May 1991 issue of High Times, which the magazine found in its archives and provided to the Huffington Post. The story, though, was only partially right.
It had nothing to do with a police code — though the San Rafael part was dead on. Indeed, a group of five San Rafael High School friends known as the Waldos – by virtue of their chosen hang-out spot, a wall outside the school – coined the term in 1971. The Huffington Post spoke with Waldo Steve, Waldo Dave and Dave’s older brother, Patrick, and confirmed their full names and identities, which they asked to keep secret for professional reasons. (Pot is still, after all, illegal.)
The Waldos never envisioned that pot smokers the world over would celebrate each April 20th as a result of their foray into the Point Reyes forest. The day has managed to become something of a national holiday in the face of official condemnation. This year’s celebration will be no different. Officials at the University of Colorado at Boulder and University of California, Santa Cruz, which boast two of the biggest smoke outs, are pushing back. “As another April 20 approaches, we are faced with concerns from students, parents, alumni, Regents, and community members about a repeat of last year’s 4/20 ‘event,’” wrote Boulder’s chancellor in a letter to students. “On April 20, 2009, we hope that you will choose not to participate in unlawful activity that debases the reputation of your University and degree, and will encourage your fellow Buffs to act with pride and remember who they really are.”
Looking for something a bit more enticing to do on 420… other then the usual joint?!
” I smoked a joint before I smoked two joints and then I smoked two more!” Look no further, I gotcha hooked up!
1.) April 19 What: Doug Benson Countdown to 4/20. When/Where: 10:30pm at Punchline Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., San Francisco. Info: Tickets $25. Go to www.punchlinecomedyclub.com or call (415) 397-7573.
2.) April 20 What: Louie Culture 420 Reggae Party. When/Where: 9pm at Rockit Room, 406 Clemente St., San Francisco. Info: Featuring Louie Culture and Khari Kill. Tickets $15-$25. Go to www.rock-it-room.com.
3.) April 20 What: The 4/20 Bake Off feat. Wiz Khalifa. When/Where: 7:30pm at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., San Francisco. Info: Also featuring A$ap Rocky, Chevy Woods, Berner and DeeJay Bonics. Tickets $40. Go to www.apeconcerts.com or call (415) 624-8900.
4.) April 20 What: Womp Island 420 Festival. When/Where: 9pm at Treasure Island Event Venue, 401 California Ave., San Francisco. Info: Performances by Donald Glaude, House Nation Mafia, Shark City and more. Tickets $15. Go to www.wompisland420.eventbrite.com.
5.) April 20 What: 12th Annual 420 Fest. When/Where: 8pm at The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland. Info: Featuring Fungo Mungo, Oola Rocksteady, Space Monkey Gangstas and much more. Tickets $14.20-$20. Go to www.thenewparish.com.
6.) April 20 What: Oaksterdam 420 Celebration. When/Where: 3pm at Oaksterdam University, 1600 Broadway, Oakland. Info: Includes a screening of The Green Goddess. Tickets $5-$10. Go to www.cali420ian.com or call (510) 251-1544.
7.) April 20 What: 420 Stones Throw Showcase. When/Where: 10pm at 103 Harriet, 103 Harriet St., San Francisco. Info: Featuring Peanut Butter Wolf, Dam Funk, Jon Wayne and Jonti. Tickets $15. Go to www.1015.com/onezerothree or call (415) 264-1015.
8.) April 20 What: We Fly “HIGH” 2Gether. When/Where: 9pm-1:30am at Fiesta Nightclub, 3840 Monterey Hwy., San Jose. Info: Music by Red Café and DJ Big Von. Tickets $20-$40. Go to www.sauceysoundspresents.com or call (408) 225-4277.
9.) April 20 What: Hemp Royal Reggay. When/Where: 8pm at Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd St., Oakland. Info: Music by reggae band Native Elements. Go to www.hemproyal.eventbrite.com or call 510-763-1146.
10.) April 20 What: “Shake & Bake” The Bay Area’s Official 420 Celebration
When/Where: 9:00p to Saturday at Vice Ultra Lounge, Walnut Creek, CA. Performances by NUMP TRUMP performing his hit single “I GOTT GRAPES” w/ special guests “THE SERVANTS” playing all of your favorite reggae hits. DJ ASAP and DJ KURE ALL in the mix. $10
Read more: [LOCAL] 420 Top 10 Bay Area Events 2012 http://live105.radio.com/2012/04/18/local-420-top-10-bay-area-events-2012/#ixzz1sbxQACV1
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