A 420 ORIGIN STORY
The origins of the pot-cultural touchstone can be found in San Rafael, CA 1971. Five high school friends, known as the Waldos, had a tradition of meeting by a wall (hence the name) outside their school at 4:20.
Bob Marley was buried with his Bible, guitar, and bud of marijuana.
SHAKESPEARE DABBLED IN THE MARIJUANA
Shakespeare got high. In 2015, researchers at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand sampled 24 of his pipes fragments and eight tested positive for cannabis residue. To smoke or not to smoke that is the question.
FAMOUS PEOPLE ARE JUST LIKE US
They like weed and get arrested for it. Matthew McConaughey was arrested for possession in 1999 when officers saw him dancing naked and playing bongos. Whitney Houston in 2000 was detained in Hawaii for having less than half an ounce in her purse. Then there’s David Bowie’s, The Thin White Duke, busted with pal Iggy Pop and others for holding nearly half a pound in 1976 in Rochester, NY.
NIXON SMUGGLED WEED FOR LOUIS ARMSTRONG
In 1958, Vice President Richard Nixon spotted a sweaty and nervous Louis Armstrong in the customs line. Seeing an opportunity to help a legend, Dick grabbed his suitcase – unaware it contained three pounds of weed – and breezed it and Louis through customs and into America.
PORTRAIT OF A POP ART LEGEND
How does David Hockney, seventy-nine-year-old pop art legend, spend his evenings? According to New York magazine, Hockney most nights smokes weed and watches a lot of Netflix.
“I live in the now. There is only now, isn’t there? Life is a killer. And we all get a lifetime. That’s why I smoke.” – David Hockney
TUPAC’S FRIENDS SMOKED HIM AFTER HE DIED
After Tupac was cremated, his former group members, the Outlawz, mixed his remains with weed and smoked them, er, him.
SMOKE AND WATCH EASY RIDER AT THE SAME TIME
Not every movie gets a weed strain named after it, but counterculture cornerstone Easy Rider is an exception. Easy Rider bud is a rare ruderalis strain with powerful medicinal properties great for treating the inevitable aches that can accompany a search for America by bike.
CAMERON DIAZ BOUGHT WEED FROM SNOOP DOGG
Cameron Diaz bought weed from Snoop Dogg when they were in high school, this of course, was before either of them were famous.
THE CREATIVE POWERS OF SMOKING
Lady Gaga’s creative powers get a lift from the cannabis muse. She told 60 Minutes, “I smoke a lot of pot when I write music…I’m not going to sugar coat it.”
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