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Happy National Weed Day everyone!

April 20, 2016

04-20-chalk-graffiti

The parkade where I lay my homeless little head at night is kept tidy. The concrete floor is swept periodically, burned-out lights are changed promptly and spray-painted graffiti is painted over almost instantly.

Yet, for some reason, a large patch of chalk graffiti has been left undisturbed for at least five years. Among the red, white, yellow and blue chalk scrawls, one graffito stands out; it’s the time “4:20”, topped by a sketchy spray of marijuana leaves.

The use of “420” and its equivalents on the clock (“4:20”) and the calender (“4/20”) as a code for marijuana consumption is said to stem (cough) from a group in San Rafael, California, who arranged, way back in 1971, to get together a few times at exactly 4:20 p.m., so they could search for a fabled marijuana crop, said to have been abandoned.

It has nothing to do with the well-known nursery rhythm “Sing a Song of Sixpence“, which begins:

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.

Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.

And likewise, there’s no connection to the famous American thoroughbred racehorse of the 1960s named Four-and-Twenty (after the nursery rhythm), which was bred and raced by a Canadian ranch out of Alberta, Canada.

“Four and twenty” is an old way of saying “24” and harkens back to the influence on English of the German language, where “24” is still written as “vier und zwanzig”, or rather just vierundzwanzig.

As of April 17,2016, medical marijuana is now legal in exactly 24 U.S. States but Justin Trudeau is NOT making 24 the legal age for smoking marijuana, as some bogus websites have claimed.

Absolutely nothing relating to marijuana has come down to us from either the year 420 BCE or 420 CE. Click the image to enlarge it.

From → Vancouver B.C.

6 Comments
  1. Jet permalink

    Happy 420 to you

  2. Aaaaaand Colorado was the first : – ))))

    • Once again the evil United States shows how it can out-progressive supposedly progressive Canada.

      Vancouver, British Columbia, sounds every bit as weed-whacked as the “mile high city” of Denver but we couldn’t be bothered to vote to legalize marijuana when we had the chance, apparently preferring to buy it from biker gangs. Sigh.

      • That is actually one of the greatest advantages. We can now walk into a pharmacy-like dispensary and purchase weed from a knowledgeable person. No more fear of spiked pot, sketchy dealers, or the authorities knocking on one’s door.
        Colorado legalized gay marriage around the same time pot was made legal and for the longest time this bible passage was frequently cited: “If a man lays with another man, as with a woman, he should be stoned.” Get it, get it? : – ))))

      • That’s funny! Researching a post I didn’t actually write, best as I could tell, from skimpy available data, legal pot is pretty much always less expensive than illegal pot and probably of a consistently higher quality.

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