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What is 420? What does 4 20 or 4:20 mean? What is 420's origin-history?

Only the real hip hop partiers, rap artists, true herbal smoke lovers and four twenty pot heads will enjoy partaking in their favourite buzz at this time. Four hundred and twenty is fast becoming the secret code to anything to do with marijuana terminology, cannabis culture, and underground weed smokers. Discover what certain four twenty wall graffiti means. Find out what hip hop artists are communicating. Every kid uses slang and nicknames so their parents don't know what they're saying or smoking. 420 has developed into a new slang, rap, culture covering a wide variety of social backgrounds.
Come on in and check out all the phat phrases and nicknames. Use the navigation bar above or the quick look search box to find 420. Go to: >>The 420/ 4:20 dictionary <<

Years ago the term 420(pronounced four twenty, not four hundred and twenty), was police code for smoking marijuana in a feature on pager codes that teenagers use to "talk" to each other. I began researching the number again and it seems I was wrong. Read on to learn the myths, the truth about the origin and what this term means for parents.

Known Myths

  • Police dispatch code for smoking pot is 420.
    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.
  • There are approximately 420 active chemicals in marijuana.
    Actually, there are approximately 315 active chemicals in marijuana. This number goes up and down depending on which plant is used.
  • April 20th is National Pot Smokers Day.
    Well, it is now; but that wasn't the origin.
  • April 20th is Hitler's birthday.
    Yes, it is his birthday. But, as 420 started out as a time, not a date, his birthday had nothing to do with it.
  • The date of the Columbine school shootings.
    This happened after the term was already in use.
  • 4:20 is tea time for pot-smokers in Holland.
    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.

According to Steven Hager, editor of High Times, the term 420 originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971, among a group of about a dozen pot-smoking wiseacres who called themselves the Waldos, who are now pushing 50. The term was shorthand for the time of day the group would meet, at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur, to smoke pot.
Intent on developing their own discreet language, they made 420 code for a time to get high, and its use spread among members of an entire generation. While our teens feel that they know something we don't, you can let them in on the fact that it was your generation that came up with the numbers. A quote from one of the Waldos in the High Times article states, "We did discover we could talk about getting high in front of our parents without them knowing by using the phrase 420." Fortunately, your teenagers will not have that same option.

What does 420 friendly mean?

This is a way to express the acceptance of smoking pot or accepting somone who does so, without overtly mentioning pot or marijuana.

You may find the phrase 420-friendly often in personal adds.

It refers to the term 420 which has become lingo smoking pot.

420 - 4: 20 and Pulp Fiction : Directed by Quentin Tarantino

There is a persistent myth that that all the clocks in the movie are set to 4:20 (although, certainly all the clocks on the wall in the pawn shop are set to 4:20). However, in at least two scenes it is obvious that this is not the case. In the "Bonnie Situation" while Jimmy, Vince and Jules are drinking coffee in the kitchen, the clock clearly reads 8:15. Secondly, when Vince and Jules go to retrieve the briefcase, it is "7:22 in the a.m.".
The significance of the time 4:20 is that it is slang for smoking marijuana. More Pulp Fiction >>

Check also these 420 links: Hempfest 420 and 420 Wikipedia



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