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Friday April 20, 2018

Updated on 3/4/2022

By Erin Hiatt

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Happy 4/20 everyone! We couldn’t be more delighted to celebrate yet another year of cannabis reform and progression with you all. In the spirit of marijuana’s biggest holiday, we wanted to do our part to help each and every one of you have an awesome day. So, light up some cannabis and continue reading as we give you some ideas for having the best 4/20 celebration ever!

4/20 Celebrations: An Overview

People all over the world know that 4:20, am or pm, is an excellent time to blaze. How 4/20 became a national marijuana holiday and made its way into our cultural consciousness, however, is clouded in urban legend.

The real story, or at least the most likely, begins in an almost mundane way. In 1971 Northern California, turns out some high school buddies would meet after their extracurricular activities for the day – 4:20 pm – and have a joint together.

As friendly code, they would say “4/20” to signify weed.

These friends, Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, and Mark Gravich, became known as the “Waldos” because they met at a wall to partake. Years later, Reddix became a roadie for Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, and it’s believed that the band brought the term into wider use.

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According to legend, the term 4/20 was originally coined by friends who smoked joints at 4:20.

In 1991, Steve Bloom, a former High Times Reporter and current CelebStoner publisher and Editor-in Chief for Freedom Leaf Magazine, came across a flyer distributed by Deadheads in Oakland inviting people to smoke “4/20 on April 20 at 4:20 pm.” Bloom saw that an image of the flyer made it into High Times, and the “Waldos” were acknowledged by High Times as the creators of the term.

Since those hazy days in Oakland, 4/20 has bypassed its beginnings as a mimeographed flyer and has become one of the crown jewels of stoner celebrations. As the day rapidly approaches, there are many ways you can get your celebration on, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Whether you’re a local in a legal state, a tourist looking to take in some 4/20 adventures, or creating your own celebration regardless of where you live, we’ve got a lot of info to help you find the perfect way to celebrate.

Be sure to check out our 4/20 resources to help you get started in the right direction:

Now that you’ve checked out PotGuide’s collection of 4/20 resources, here are some things you can do to make the most of marijuana culture’s most storied holiday:

Paint the Town ‘Green’ and Go to a Cannabis Event

4/20 is a perfect opportunity for communities to come together over their shared love of marijuana, and there’s no better place for that than a cannabis event. And with cannabis reform sweeping the nation, 2018 is one of the most event-filled 4/20 celebrations yet.

While many of you might have already solidified your plans this 4/20, there’s still plenty of last minute options for anyone looking to attend a cannabis event! Cannabis events are a great way to meet like-minded people and celebrate 4/20 with a community of cannabis enthusiasts.

For a complete listing of 4/20 events happening around the country, click here.

Don’t Want to Go Out? Stay Home!

Home is where the stash is, so they say, so why not plan a night in? You could make a cannabis-infused meal, Netflix and check out some stoner movies, or plan a cannabis-themed massage with your loved one featuring some marijuana-infused massage oils.

Now that you’ve decided on the perfect 4/20 celebration for you, here are a few tips to keep in mind as you celebrate:

Key tips for 4/20:

  • Get to know your local pot laws. Here at PotGuide, we’ve put together comprehensive state guides, which include legal information
  • Use common sense. If it seems like a bad idea to use in a particular place, it probably is
  • Be respectful of your neighbors and law enforcement
  • Don’t drive!

However you choose to celebrate this 4/20 remember to do so responsibly. And don’t forget to share your celebrations in the comments below!


Erin Hiatt Erin Hiatt

Erin Hiatt is a New York City-based writer who has been covering the cannabis industry for more than six years. Her work - which has appeared in Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, PotGuide, Civilized, Vice, Freedom Leaf, MERRY JANE, Alternet, and CannaInvestor - covers a broad range of topics, including cannabis policy and law, CBD, hemp law and applications, science and technology, beauty, and psychedelics.

Erin's work and industry insights have been featured on the podcasts The Let's Go Eat Show, In the Know 420, and she has appeared as a featured panelist on the topic of hemp media. Erin has interviewed top industry experts such as Dr. Carl Hart, Ethan Nadelmann, Amanda Feilding, Mark A.R. Kleiman, Dr. James Fadiman, and culture icons Governor Jesse Ventura, and author Tom Robbins. You can follow her work on LinkedInWordpress, @erinhiatt on Twitter, and @erinisred on Instagram.

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