Locals Share Their Thoughts on Mysterious, Marijuana-Centered 4/20
Pacifica Patch - almost 5 years
It's 4/20, and at exactly 4:20p.m. today, many Americans will be ripping on bongs, hitting joints, smoking blunts and lighting up pipes; in short, getting high.
But why today and what is the significance of April 20 to both partakers of cannabis and those that don't, well, toke?
The history and mystery of 4/20
The lore surrounding today is mixed and obscure, but some theories are prevalent.
Some say that 4:20p.m. is teatime in Holland, a mecca for the free use of marijuana. Others say there are 420 active chemicals in marijuana. Maybe (and strangely) it has something to do with Hitler's birthday. The numbers in the title of Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" (in which he croaks, "everybody must get stoned") multiplied come out to 420.
According to the author of the number one theory on Urban Dictionary, an online user-driven database of the profane, obscure and colloquial, (who writes, "I know my [expletive deleted]"), 4/20 originated at San Rafael High School
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