420 (cannabis culture)

code-term that refers to the consumption of cannabis

420, 4:20, or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) is a code word used by people who smoke cannabis to talk about the drug. It is especially used to talk about smoking cannabis at 4:20pm (16:20) in the afternoon, and for the day April 20 (4/20 in the American calendar).[3]

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Observed byCannabis counterculture, legal reformers, entheogenic spiritualists
TypeSecular
DateApril 20
ObservancesCannabis consumption

The term appeared in 1971 from five American high school students in California.[4][5]

April 20 became the day of cannabis-related events, celebrations, and protests.[6][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Daily Independent Journal from San Rafael, California". November 20, 1954. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  2. Chronicle, San Francisco (1962). The San Francisco Chronicle Reader. McGraw-Hill. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  3. King, Matt (April 24, 2007). "Thousands at UCSC burn one to mark cannabis holiday". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Archived from the original on April 26, 2007.
  4. Writer, Maria Alicia Gaura, Chronicle Staff (April 20, 2000). "Stoner Chic Traces Origin To San Rafael / Snickering high schoolers brought `420' into lexicon". SFGATE. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  5. McKinley, Jesse (April 20, 2009). "Marijuana Advocates Point to Signs of Change". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  6. "THE POWER OF 420 | High Times". web.archive.org. May 13, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  7. "420 and Global Cannabis March event lists by year - Cannabis". cannabis.shoutwiki.com. Retrieved November 23, 2021.

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