Bone Thugs~N~Harmony "Weed Song"
Happy Easter! Happy 420! Both holidays, which fall today: Sunday April 20th 2014, seem almost equally accepted and mainstream, especially in states such as California, Colorado, and Washington. But it wasn't always that day. The first time I personally became aware of the symbolism of 420 and what it meant was back in the mid 90's when I was over in Amsterdam reporting on the High Times sponsored Cannabis Cup for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. During that week of events in the Dutch city long associated with cannabis I noticed how at exactly 4:20pm each afternoon without fail everyone would stop whatever they were doing to spark one up. Of course most stoners don't an excuse or specific time to remind them of when to indulge in the sticky icky, but that doesn't stop folks from observing the hour of 4:20 (pm or am) as if it were a religious holiday. But weed-lore has it that the time of 4:20 to celebrate weed dates back to the early 1970's when, somewhere in NorCal near Humboldt - longtime the epicenter of CA weed growing, a group of friends some folks chose that time of the day to light up. Since then the time morphed into the date of April 20th as a celebratory time and nowadays it seems everyone, smokers and non-smokers alike, are well aware of the meaning of 4:20.