The Waldos “420”-The forgotten Marijuana Legends

  • By Trevor
  • November 30, 2016
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Meet the waldos folks  . The inventors of "420"

Meet the waldos folks . The inventors of “420”

Many stoners seem puzzled, on why the Waldos are not as popular as they should be. The heroics of the Waldos, seem to have fallen through the cracks of everyday marijuana talk. As stoners, we frequently talk of legends like Snoop and Willie Nelson, but very rarely do we bring up the Waldos. To understand how the Waldos became Cannabis heroes, one has to be aware of the marijuana 420 holiday, celebrated April 20th, every year by stoners worldwide.  On April 20, stoners gather in parks, homes, hotels and various other spots- to enjoy some weed and advocate for marijuana legalization worldwide. Despite the fact that weed is smoked all day, at 4.20 pm or 1620 hrs , it is part of the ritual to actually take a bong hit, or light a joint .The biggest gatherings are usually in Vancouver Canada and also in Amsterdam. A lot of conspiracy floats around today, as to how this holiday got its name. A lot of lies are circulating as too what this holiday really means and how it came about.

Some misinformed folks have been spreading rumors that the 420 holiday, is a day to celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday. This is probably the most spread lie on the 420 holiday folks. Some might have even heard that, 420 is police code for a marijuana bust. Some say 420 represents the best day to plant Cannabis outdoors, which is really garbage-considering we all live in different environments, that have different climates at different times of the year. The truth behind the naming of the holiday all has to do with the Waldos and not all these other stories circulating in the world today, and here it is.

In the early 1970s a group of students from San Rafael High School in California named themselves The Waldos. They named themselves the Waldos, because they would always hangout by a wall outside San Rafael High. This wall was known as the Louis Pasteur Statue. It is rumored that the Waldos got a hold of a treasure map from a cannabis grower. This map had directions to a marijuana field close by the school. The Waldos would meet at 4.20 pm by the Louis Pasteur Statue and make plans and strategy to search for the treasure cannabis fields. The plan by the Waldos would be given a code name “4:20 Louis”. After several attempts of failing to locate this filed, they decided to shorten the code name from “4:20 Louis” to just 420. It is believed, The Waldos never found the field, but the term 420 became a code name for smoking weed. More kids at the school caught up with the phrase and today the world has also caught up with it.

This story is still disputed today, but it has become the more logical explanation for the origins of the naming of the 420 marijuana holiday. The story of the Waldos began to make headlines and become more believable, after it was published in an article by a marijuana magazine, High Times.  High Times is a very reputable stoner’s magazine, but that doesn’t mean everything they say is correct. It’s really up to you the stoner to decide what u want to believe. Today there is still no vivid proof, to advocate for the Waldos creation of the term 420.  The most important thing is the fact that, on April 20 (420) a lot of marijuana is smoked. This is now a day mostly used for activism of marijuana legalization and the 420 movement is becoming stronger by the year. To date, more stoners believe the Waldos are indeed the founding fathers of the term 420. It’s become a household name for stoners. My dream, is that one day , it actually becomes a National Holiday.

Remember, legalization is just around the corner and is as sure as death. Keep the bongs loaded and the joints burning folks. Please also share this post with your friends and family, by using the social media links below. Till next time, take care and cheers.     .


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