The History of 420

Depending on who you ask, or their state of inebriation, there are as many varieties of answers as weed strains in California dispensaries.

The origin of the term 420, celebrated around the world by weed smokers every April 20, has long been obscured by the clouded memories of the folks who made it a phenomenon.

Since its roots in 1971 California, the term 420 has grown to encompass a place in our historical lexicon. Today, 420 is a time and a day within the cannabis culture representing a time to enjoy marijuana in all its forms, a day of celebration, and a day for advocacy of the cannabis movement.

There is a bill in the California Senate numbered 420, but it’s named for the staple of cannabis culture, not because of it. The bill, which went through in 2003, was crucial to the birth of medical marijuana in California.

The Significance of 420 to the Cannabis Culture

Today, few people don’t know what 420 means, and when April arrives each year, you can expect to see a lot of events and special promotions across the industry leading up to the twentieth day of the month.

In fact, in 2020, the entire month of April (4/20) was a time to celebrate cannabis culture with 30 days of different events and special promotions from businesses.

Cannabis culture is all about community and a passion for the cannabis plant. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that a specific time and date has grown in popularity over the past half-century centered on celebrating the plant and the people who use it.
With more states legalizing medical and adult-use marijuana, these celebrations continue to grow as do the business opportunities and 420 promotions that bolster the cannabis economy each year.

Of course, only time will tell, but for now, 420 remains a symbol of celebration and advocacy first and foremost.

At Hamilton Devices, we are truly passionate about 420 and have an event like no other planned. More details here.

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