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Happy 420 Weed Smoking Day (Facts)

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Ok I'm going to be very lame and admit that up until two years ago I had no clue what 420 meant. One day on another site a friend said "Happy 420 day". OK I didn't want to look stupid so I made google my friend. Well what I came up with was so far off base. First I found out that on April 20th it is the anniversary of Columbine Shooting and then I found out its Hitlers Birthday. I admit I went back to her and made some comment like ":wtf: is 420 unless you celebrate death?" With a laugh I found out what 420 means.

Yes 420 has to do with smoking pot but there are so many rumors around about it. Here are some of the rumors and the facts:

  • Myth: Police dispatch code for smoking pot is 420.

    Fact: The number 420 is not police radio code for anything, anywhere. Checks of criminal codes suggest that the origin is neither Californian nor federal. For instance, California Penal Code 420 defines as a misdemeanor the hindrance of use of public lands.

  • Myth: There are approximately 420 active chemicals in marijuana.

    Fact: There are approximately 315 active chemicals in marijuana. This number goes up and down depending on which plant is used.

  • Myth: April 20th is National Pot Smokers Day.

    Fact: Well, it is now; but that wasn't the origin.

  • Myth: April 20th is Hitler's birthday.

    Fact: Yes, it is his birthday. But, as 420 started out as a time, not a date, his birthday had nothing to do with it.

  • Myth: April 20th is the date of the Columbine school shootings.

    Fact: This happened after the term was already in use.

  • Myth: 4:20 is tea time for pot-smokers in Holland.

    Fact: Tea time in Holland is at 5:30 pm, or is it 2:30 pm? Seems no one is quite sure when the wonderful people of Holland drink their tea.

Here is the truth. The saying 420 came about in 1971 when a bunch of pot smoking kids needed a code that parents wouldn't figure out. They went to San Rafael High School in CA. Well the group would use the word 420 as a short for meet at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur at 4:20pm to smoke pot. They met there every day at that time however their parents had no idea when they said "420" what they were talking about. So there you go and here is a picture of the statue:

So who knew the true meaning and who believed one of the myths?

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Re: Happy 420 Weed Smoking Day (Facts)

Interesting, i guess its 4:20 pm somewhere Laughing

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Re: Happy 420 Weed Smoking Day (Facts)

Well 420 is quite a popular number, I bumped into it's meaning once and that's how I learned about it.

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