More thoughts on 420

I was contacted today by a reporter working on an article on the history of 420. I’m happy to help any researchers interested in this topic. There’s a big difference between using the word “420” as a code, and organizing a ceremony. The idea of 420 ceremonies really spread around the world primarily through the Cannabis Cup, which was attended by influential stoners from around the world. Below are some of the questions I was asked, and the answers I gave.

I have the HT edition with the flyer and in bold it states “Get together with your friends and smoke pot hardcore.”

We didn’t publish the flyer, just some of the text. The purpose of the flyer was to attract people to an annual ceremony on Mt. Tam.

It’s abridged? I didn’t know that.

I saw the entire flyer. It was for a ceremony on Mt. Tam. At the time I was researching Soma and shouted out “THIS IS IMPORTANT!”

The most important thing to realize about counterculture ceremonies is they are always rooted in improvisation. The Waldos were masters of improvisation. But the Waldos did not create the Mt. Tam ceremony. That was created by the kids in their high school who came later on, their younger brothers and sisters created that ceremony, but it stayed on Mt. Tam and never moved…until the Cannabis Cup. After I spent decades promoting 420, a campaign began to write me out of the history.

I guess he’s passionate about crediting the Deadheads.

Jack Herer was a lifelong Deadhead and sold most of his books on Dead Tour. Jack’s first 420 ceremony was at the Cannabis Cup. I clued him into 420.

I think Wavy-Gravy’s ‘eternity’ comment puts it in the longest term perspective. It’s his way of saying “so what?”

Spirituality has many flavors. The secret is you have to believe. I wrapped my deepest beliefs around 420 from the moment I became aware of it. There’s something deeper going on here than just having a party.

I was the first person to announce cannabis was Soma of the Rig Veda, at least in North America to my knowledge. It was during my investigations of the historical use of cannabis that I became aware of 420. If you are going to write the true history of 420, please never forget the Temple Dragon Crew!

0 Replies to “More thoughts on 420”

  1. I know I got high with Jack at the Colorado National Rainbow Famliy of Living Light…near Paonia,Colorado 1992, inside the camp at a little place called the “420” cafe. The cafe was just a dirt kitchen that only specialized in one thing and that was 420 , horns blew brothers and sisters yelled “420” it was a special time for sure. when all the stash and goodies came out .As for the Temple Dragons, Well, I can only speak for myself , we are but just humble servants on the path.Could 420 have been one of those “100 monkey ” things.. that just expands with stoner lore? I know I give thanks for the plant and anytime of day we can set and commune with each other!But 420 is a special time of day and ceremony that I know Pheonix 420, 622 ,and many others on the trail of the fun vibe help manifest at the Cannabis Cups,the Whee festivals…Give Thanks!

    1. I went to the Colorado National and invited Jack to camp with me. Up on the hill overlooking main circle, in a grove of trees, not far from Frenchie’s camp, I built a Hemp Info Booth, where Jack spoke at 420 when he was able (he’d forgotten his ulcer medication, and no one could figure out what was wrong for days). Anyway, the crew who helped me with that booth, and helped nurse Jack, they were probably the ones yelling, “it’s 420!” as we always had a big crowd assembled for our 420 service. I believe this is where Amazin’ Dave brought me around to your teepee one day to intro you and your wife as people I should know. You weren’t there, but I could see you had a swell teepee.

      1. The ceremonial history of the Cannabis Cup is unique and important. No other event was dedicated to spritiual rights issues involving cannabis. The ceremonies we created at the Cup are worthy of respect and recognition. That’s really the point of this exercise in 420 history. Before revealing the rituals from the Cup, one deserves to learn why those ceremonies are even worth knowing in the first place.

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