420 becomes a worldwide celebration: Probably everyone has heard the catchphrase 420 even if they do not smoke marijuana. Now, April 20th has become a worldwide holiday celebration for all cannabis users. So, how did 420 come about and spread culture to culture uniting people across the globe.

Well, as the story goes, a group of five wisecracking friends from Marin County, California originated the term 420 in 1971 at San Rafael High School. They called themselves the Waldos. One of the teens named Steve was given a map to a marijuana patch on the Point Reyes Peninsula. The map was given to him by a friend who's brother was in the coast guard and growing cannabis. Being in the coastguard, he grew a little paranoid when it came harvest time, so he gave permission to the Waldos to harvest the crop. The boys all got together and met at 4:20 p.m., caught a buzz and headed out to search for the patch.

The Waldos used the term 420 Louie at first to remind each other of their after school quest. After a while they dropped the Louie part and just used the phrase 420 to refer to cannabis. As the Waldos continued to use the term 420 so did friends and acquaintances. Even members of the Grateful Dead rock band starting using 420 as the term spread among the bands fans, known as Deadheads.

So, when you hear the term 420 it refers to marijuana use, or a term for marijuana itself. Then on January 1st. 2004, the Governor of California signed the state's Senate Bill 420, which regulates marijuana used for medical purposes. The 420 term for the bill was probably chosen because of the pop culture connection behind the meaning of 420. 

Peace,
Bart

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