April 20th Here’s why 420 is associated with marijuana The numbers 420, whether you’re an expert on marijuana or a complete novice, are likely to have come up in conversation with someone who knows their stuff on the plant. But what exactly does this mean? And what is it about April 20th and 4:20 p.m. that is so sacrosanct to weed enthusiasts? A group of students from San Rafael High School in Marin County, California, started meeting around 4:20 p.m. every day in 1971 to smoke marijuana, according to Time Magazine.
April 20th Here’s why 420 is associated with marijuana
The term “420” was coined by Time Magazine in 1971. According to a 2016 research by Time magazine, the actual numbers “420” don’t have much symbolic importance. As a result, the students — Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, and Mark Gravich — decided to meet at 4:20 p.m. instead of earlier because extracurricular activities were usually over by then. According to Time, the high schoolers, who were engaged in an activity that was strictly prohibited at the time, began to refer to marijuana by the abbreviation “420.” Years later, one of the members of the group, Reddix, landed a job as a roadie for Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s band, the Dead.
As reported by Time magazine, by 1990, a group of Grateful Dead fans began circulating fliers encouraging people to smoke “420” on April 20, at 4:20 p.m., to raise awareness of the practice. The next year, the journal High Times published a copy of the flier, and from there, the relationship between the date 420 and the act of smoking pot spread throughout the world, eventually becoming an iconic element of American culture. The history of the number 420, as recorded in Time magazine, is supported by a 2009 article in the New York Times.
As previously reported by The New York Times, former High Times editor Steven Hager stated that “420” was significant since it was first used by a group of teens in Northern California to mark the beginning of the end of the day’s marijuana smoking ritual in the 1970s. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marijuana is the most widely used drug that is illegal under federal law, with more than 48 million Americans, or roughly 18 percent of the population, using it at least once in 2019. In 2019, marijuana was used by more than 48 million Americans, or roughly 18 percent of the population. In recent years, there has been an increase in support for the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, as well as for recreational purposes. According to a poll conducted by Elon University last year, 54 percent of North Carolinians support the complete legalization of marijuana, while 73 percent support the legalization of medical marijuana.
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