The real origin comes from a group of San Rafael High School classmates in California who would meet up at 4:20 p.m. every day to blaze.
Growing out of that tale, the numbers 420 have now come to signify that 4:20 p.m. is the socially accepted time of day to partake in weed smoking; sparking up before that time would mean you are just an aimless stoner.
As almost every Canadian knows, April 20th is the day anyone can assemble on Parliament Hill to smoke without fear of persecution or arrest. There are also large demonstrations in the Canadian cities of London, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
In addition there are many pop culture and industry references to 420. The clocks in Pulp Fiction are all stuck on 4:20. New York's 420 Tours arranges travel to Jamaica and the Netherlands and Atlanta's Sweetwater Brewing Co. sells a 420 beer and opens its doors to the public at 4:20 p.m.
Sadly April 20th is also associated with some dark historic facts. Today also happens to be Hilter's birthday and the anniversary of the Columbine shootings.
Below you'll find some of the best songs that pay homage to an activity many will engage in today. I was going to include Because I Got High but I forgot for some reason.
Bury Me In Smoke by Burnt Ones
Burnt Ones - Bury Me In Smoke from LaundroMatinee on Vimeo.
Weed Card by Garfunkel & Oates
For more on G&O see my interview with Kate "Oates" Micucci.
Get It Together by Beastie Boys feat. Q-Tip
Smoke Two Joints by Sublime
Hits From Da Bong by Cypress Hill
Mary Jane by Rick James
Champagne & Reefer by Muddy Waters
Sweet Leaf by Black Sabbath
Hash Pipe by Weezer
One Toke Over The Line by Brewer & Shipley
Blizted by Raveonettes
Strobe by Deadmau5
Pass The Dutchie by Musical Youth