WHY IS 4/20 WEED DAY? DO YOU KNOW THE STORY?

Why is 4 20 Weed Day?

Surely, and even if you don’t use marijuana, you’ve heard the 4/20 concept on numerous occasions. And that is because, for many years, it has become the term par excellence to refer to the experience and the moment of consuming marijuana. Recently, Marijuana Day is celebrated around the world, and therefore, we want you to discover in this post all the curiosities about this day, and why is 4 20 weed day. 

How did 4-20 become known as National Weed Day?

If you have already read our post about the meaning of the 420 code and its origin in San Rafael High School, you know what the term 4/20 is. Even so, we want to remind you in this post what it means and how it is celebrated.

Although a large number of meanings are related to this secret code, we can affirm that the most widespread is the one that refers to the time and day in which marijuana is consumed. 

The group of friends who called themselves The Waldos are believed to be the true originators of this concept, as they used 420 to refer to weed, more than 45 years ago. Specifically, they were doing what many people have been doing for many years in the early 1970s. They started meeting at 4:20 in the afternoon to smoke weed in front of the statue of Louis Pasteur in San Rafael, California. 

🌎Do you wonder where is it legal? Check out our post about Cannabis Legalization by Country!

After this history, code number 420 got worldwide fame. The celebration has spread around the world and by consensus of consumers, it was decided that April 20, that is, 4/20, is the World Day of the Marijuana. Little by little and over the years, the movement began to transcend and become an international celebration for the legalization and defense of cannabis culture.

Another theory for the 420 Code and 4/20 Day is based on this Bob Dylan song: “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35.” Because if you multiply 12 by 35 equals 420, and in the lyrics, he says: “everybody must get stoned”.

What is celebrated on Weed Day, April 20? 

April 20 is National Marijuana Day, also known as weed day, a counterculture holiday, and all the different movements that promote the legalization of this plant. Although the United States and Canada are considered the main places where Weed Day is celebrated, more and more activities are spreading to different countries around the world. 

In the last years, Denver has become the headquarters of the 420-day party in the USA. As you can read in our post about Weed cities in the US, Colorado was the first state to legalize the sale of marijuana for personal use. 

This day is so important in this city that the FlyHi 420 Festival was created. Unfortunately for many people, due to the pandemic produced by Covid-19, the event that brought together thousands of people was canceled last year. In 2022, the FlyHi Festival awaits more than 50,000 people!

At first, it was considered a small party in Denver or San Francisco, but over the years this day’s celebration became a popular big party that in some places lasts 3 days. And, of course, the aim is to promote the legislative debate on the legalization of marijuana. 

In recent years, numerous groups of friends have come together to celebrate Weed Day with other pot smokers, to smoke a joint all together on 4/20 at 4:20 PM, as the Waldos did in Marin County 

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One of the most famous 420 celebrations in recent times was the demonstration known as Reschedule 420. In this, thousands of protesters carried a giant 50-foot joint toward the White House. On the joint was the phrase “Decriminalize marijuana now.” 

Another of the most outstanding celebrations was the one in 2017 when a group of activists decided to celebrate the party differently. They distributed approximately 1,000 joints to members of Congress and the press to end the criminalization of non-medical marijuana. 

What about you? How are you planning to celebrate next Weed Day?

Our advice is to roll one and simply listen to our playlist with your friends: 

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