RELATED: 4 things to know about legal weed in Asbury Park The legend begins in the mythical land of Northern California: Once upon a time, there were five friends, smoking weed and sitting on top of a wall at San Rafael High School.
The other students called them "Waldos." "We were just friendly, happy, funny guys.
This is when you must get the day off work or school," it continues.
The first ever 420 — April 20 — celebration was born. The Waldos' website has multiple examples of how the number was an inside joke among their friends and at San Rafael High School.
And April 20 — 4/20 — has become the unofficial stoner holiday, with marijuana legalization activists gathering from New Jersey to California and lighting up in protest.
For decades, the number "420" has been as big a part of cannabis culture as Cheech and Chong or the image of a green pot leaf.
"We never thought pot would be legal when we were kids," Reddix said.
Mike Edison says that Steven Hager of High Times was responsible for taking the story about the Waldos to "mind-boggling, cult-like extremes" and "suppressing" all other stories about the origin of the term.
Many such events have a political nature to them, advocating the liberalization / legalization of cannabis.
And somehow because of that, all these doors opened up for us all the time," said "Waldo Steve" Capper in an interview with the Reno Journal-Gazette.
In the fall of 1971, the Waldos soon heard of a hidden patch of cannabis, abandoned by a U. Coast Guardsman stationed nearby who was afraid he'd get busted.