You may have seen the 4.20 buzz on social media; filters on social media are turning red, gold and green and a little herb in it as others go the Bob Marley way. Kuulpeeps is bringing you what it has gathered about the whole 4.20 term and the day as a whole.
Basically 420 is a code-term signifying an annual consumption of wee by the marijuana community. To observe this, members of the community smoke wee at 4:20 p.m. on 20th April (4/20).
The term came about when a group of students in San Rafael, California (USA) calling themselves the Waldos because “their chosen hang-out spot was a wall outside the school”, used the term in connection with a 1971 plan to search for an abandoned cannabis crop that they had learned about. The Waldos designated the Louis Pasteur statue on the grounds of San Rafael High School as their meeting place, and 4:20 p.m. as their meeting time.
Louis Pasteur statue, San Rafael High School
The Waldos referred to this plan with the phrase “4:20 Louis”. Several failed attempts to find the crop eventually shortened their phrase to simply “4:20”, which ultimately evolved into a codeword that the teens used to mean marijuana-smoking in general.
45 years down the lane, the day is observed by marijuana communities across the globe.
Lets clear a few misconceptions people have about the origin of the term:
420 is not police code for marijuana violations.
420 is not the number of active chemical compounds in marijuana. (It’s 315.)
420 is Adolf Hitler’s birthday, but that’s not where the tradition comes from.
420 is what you get if you multiply 12 by 35, the numbers from the title of the Bob Dylan song “Rainy Day Woman no. 12 and no. 35.” That song does contain the refrain “everybody must get stoned.” But that is not why 420 became the pothead’s favorite number.
In Ghana today, the Rastafari Council released a statement that it recognizes the day and is calling on government to decriminalize the use of wee in Ghana. Earlier this year, former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan called for decriminalization of the use of cannabis. According to him, the herb should rather be regulated by the government.
Do you think the day should be celebrated in Ghana? Let’s know what you think.