A former news editor of High Times continues his selective and self-serving history of 420. “In 1996, a person calling himself Steve Waldo contacted High Times claiming he and five friends had coined the term while they all attended San Rafael High School in Marin Country north of San Francisco in the early 1970s. So High Times named the Waldos the founders of 420.”
In truth, Steve Waldo contacted the 420 Tours website, not High Times. I’d just recently resigned as editor-in-chief of the magazine so I could concentrate on building events and shooting video and had spent six years promoting 420 ceremonies at the High Times office, at the Cannabis Cup, and at the Whee! festivals I created. The former news editor never participated in any of these 420 ceremonies and told everyone my “theory” about the Waldo’s inventing 420 was fake.
Because of the disinfo, many believe Deadheads created 420 ceremonies, which is not true. It was students at San Rafael High School that organized the first 420 ceremonies. The Waldos were fans of the New Riders of the Purple Sage, not “Deadheads.” The Deadheads got wind of 420 by reading High Times. Every Hemp 100 promoted the code for decades.