We often hear stoners use the term ‘420 Blaze it’ and we all know that it is something to do with smoking weed. But where did this term originally come from?
It is very common to see a lot of people put up stories on their Instagram and Facebook while smoking pot and a lot of these stories are accompanied with the Hashtag #420. While most people think that it refers to smoking weed at 4.20pm or 4.20am, it's actually much more than that.
Back in the 1970s when the number of hippies in America was going up, the police had a ‘code 420’ for marijuana smoking in progress. And since locals had access to radios that could tune in to police frequencies, they started using the term ‘let's go 420!”
But there are a lot more rumors and myths revolving around the origin of this term. Some people say that it has something to do with Hitler’s birthday and some people say that it the set of numbers in Bob Dylan’s song multiplied.
Although even the police code story is only partially right. The whole phenomenon started with a bunch of school kids who were really into Pot. now as the Waldos, the group of boys had a certain spot outside their school wall where they would meet and smoke up.
One day, they found out that a local coast guard was no longer around and his patch of weed was out somewhere near his property, the boys decided to look for it and score some free weed. The Waldos would meet every day after class at 4.20pm and head out in a 66 Chevy Impala to look for the patch of weed. They never really found the patch but the since they met every day at 420, the term stuck on.
Now the Waldos would attend a lot of concerts back in the day and when someone offered them a joint they would say, “Hey 420!” And that is how the term began to spread. Eventually, the phrase became so popular, that cops started referring to Marijuana smoking as code 420! Stoners self self-declared the day April 20 as international weed day just because the date was 4/20! That is how one of the most popular stoner terms 420 came into existence and that is how April 20th turned into an international event.