Happy April 20th, also known as 420 also known as National Weed Day, everyone!
It’s 420 and I’m going to do something that would make a lot of stoners proud: blatantly rip off the article I wrote for last year’s 420 day! So don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
I assume that many of you have already indulged with a 4:20 a.m. wake and bake. It’s the best way to truly start such a great day in the best possible fashion. Everyone else shouldn’t feelthat they have to delay the fun any longer, but there is definitely something truly special about waiting until 4:20 p.m. on April 20th to spark up for the first time. Whatever you choose and however soon you get high, just please be sure to be smart be safe and, most importantly, make this day a memorable one. For some of you (i.e., those in New Jersey), this might be the last 420 day before the laws change and marijuana is legalized!
420 Facts and Myths
It’s not important where the idea of 420 came from. What really matters is that stoners have greated a special day to celebrate the wonderful gift of cannabis. That said, some people have some pretty whacked-out ideas about what 420 really means. Luckily, there’s the urban legend-busting website Snopes for us to consult. Using the info there, we’ve been able to clear the air on a few common misconceptions about 420:
- 420 is not the penal code section for marijuana use. Not in California (as is often claimed) and not anywhere else.
- 420 is not the police radio code for marijuana use in progress. It’s not the police radio code for anything, anywhere.
- 420 is not the number of chemicals in marijuana. There are actually 315 chemical compounds.
- April 20th is not the best time to plant marijuana. There’s no “best time” because the climate is very different in different parts of the country (and besides, many people grow their pot indoors in a climate-controlled environment). We’d argue that the best time to plant marijuana is “right now.”
- 420 has nothing to do with Hitler or the Columbine High School massacre. Yes, Hitler was born on April 20th, 1889. Yes, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold attacked Columbine on April 20, 1999. These are simply coincidences and they have nothing at all to do with the enjoyment of marijuana.