The Waldos weren’t just any high school students; they also spent time running around backstage at Winterland. Band members from The Grateful Dead happened to also be regulars at Winterland, where soon people were saying things like, "Hey, pass the 420" when they wanted a joint. Eventually, this became lingo in the ‘70s rock and roll scene. According to a Huffington Post article, the first time the moniker was referenced in the 1990s was on a flyer handed to High Times reporter Steven Bloom by a Deadhead. The flyer said, “We are going to meet at 4:20 on 4/20 for 420-ing in Marin County at the Bolinas Ridge sunset spot on Mt. Tamalpais.” Once High Times found out about it, the phrase simply caught fire.
So, there you have it. The Waldos started the phrase 420 in reference to hotboxing their car before going on silly adventures through the gorgeous Marin headlands back in 1971. And for the doubters out there, the origins of 420 are also backed up by Snopes.
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Cara Wietstock is a native Californian living in Washington state with almost a decade of budtender experience and even more stoner experience. While she's not pontificating on the current state of cannabis for Roottie, she is practicing yoga, sipping CBD infused teas and hiking through the Pacific Northwest.