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420 represent April 20th. It is a yearly holiday in the cannabis community.

Here are some 420 quotes to inspire you.

5 Bob Marley Weed Quotes

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Bob Marley is a 420 icon. Well, other than the dreadlocks and reggae that are synonymous with weed, we respect this legend for his unmatched contribution to marijuana activism.

After perusing the Bob Marley’s 420 quotes below, you will understand why this iconic public figure is respected for his contribution to marijuana legalization across the globe.

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Quote 1

“Herb [cannabis] is a plant; I mean Herb is so good for everything. Why? Why do these people who profess they want to do so much good for everyone and call themselves governments and this and that, say you must not use the herb? Their motivation appears to be that its use makes us rebel. Against what? Against those who crave material possessions and wish to influence our subconscious behaviour by making us work for their benefit and keep it all.

Herb allows you to reflect upon this and question why you should submit to their will, and helps you to understand that you are their equal, not in the sense of owning material things, but in the sense of why should you agree to their doctrine? This means that you are your own person, you own yourself; you are not enslaved; you do what you want to do; you are responsible for yourself and become free of their ways without caring what others think”


It appears that Bob Marley was challenging the “powers that be” on their motivation to ban marijuana use. Is it because they preferred the masses to remain enslaved to their rhetoric; not being able to challenge the evils in society?

Quote 2

“Herb is the healing of the nation.”


This is a popular Bob Marley quote. Unknown to many people, Bob Marley did not use marijuana for recreational purposes. For him, weed was therapy, inspiration, and a religious symphony.

Quote 3

“The more people smoke weed, the more Babylon falls.”


This is a symbolic quote to ponder on 420. Bob Marley sang about the end of “Babylon” which denotes the end of slavery and other evils in society. If peoples’ minds are opened up to have a different perspective then they would be able to demand positive change in society.

Quote 4

“Herb is the healing of the nation, alcohol is the destruction.”


It is not clear when Bob Marley stopped drinking alcohol; probably it was soon after he converted to the Rastafarian religion which forbids alcohol. Some sources also claim that Bob Marley never tasted alcohol. Whichever it is, he was strongly against alcohol consumption in his adult life.

The thought behind this quote has been used widely to push for legalization of the herb. While alcohol has severe adverse effects including causation of death, herb has no known severe adverse effect. In addition, the herb has healing properties while alcohol has none. Why is herb illegal while alcohol is legal?

Thought-provoking 420 Quotes

Quote 5

“Sativa to change the things I can, Indica to accept the things I can’t.”


This quote borrows from the serenity prayer; courage to change the things I can and serenity to accept the things I can’t.

Sativa and indica are the two varieties of weed. Sativa causes a cerebral buzz or mental stimulation while indica causes deep body relaxation famously called the “couch-lock.”

If you are looking to “face your mountains” on 420, you are better off with a sativa such as Bruce Banner. But if you are looking to “throw in the towel” on some issues, try an indica such as Fat Banana.

Quote 6

“We were born in a time when a natural plant that treats symptoms of cancer, AIDS, epilepsy, etc is illegal but man-made poison in your food is legal.”


This right here has been the essence of medicinal cannabis activism. Why would a natural plant that has therapeutic benefits be outlawed while alcohol, tobacco and some other poisonous food additives are not?

Quote 7

Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem a bit unnatural to you?

–  Bill Hicks


The though behind this quote is very similar to the previous quote. If you have never asked yourself this question, it is high time you did so on 420.

Quote 8

“Whatever I do, I do it better stoned.”


Well, this depends on the strain of weed that you take and what effects it has on your psyche. If you are looking to accomplish something meaningful better keep off the real stoner strains.

 Quote 9

Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionist at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far much more harm than marijuana ever could.

–  William F. Buckley


To date, there are no reported deaths that are attributable to marijuana. On the flip side, marijuana prohibition has led to untold pain and suffering.

That brings us to the end of part one. Let’s look at the origin of 420.

420 is a worldwide phenomenon where cannabis consumers partake in social consumption rituals on the special cannabis holiday.

The phrase “420” is a slang term frequently linked to cannabis consumption and the associated subculture.

What Does 420 Mean?

Marijuana users around the world get together to celebrate in their own special ways the wonders of the cannabis plant. It’s like Christmas for cannabis consumers. On April 20, you may notice many cannabis events taking place.

People in legal states meet with friends or at large events full of music and other entertainment, albeit, cannabis is usually not allowed at these public events. More loosely, the term can be applied to the consumption of marijuana, especially when consumed at 4:20 pm. 

420 Myths

There are many myths surrounding the meaning of 420. Many users will claim that 420 is the penal code section for cannabis use or the police radio code for marijuana consumption in progress.

420 is also claimed to be the number of chemical compounds found in cannabis.

Others argue that 420 is dedicated to the day Jim Morrison died or Adolf Hitler’s birthday. None of these half-baked theories are related to the actual origin.

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What is the Origin of 420?

The term 420 originated sometime in 1971. It started with a group of California high school students who called themselves “the Waldos” because they liked to hang-out by a wall outside the school.

The Waldos consisted of Steve Capper, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, Mark Gravich, and Dave Reddix. One day, they got a hold of a treasure map made by a grower who claimed there was an abandoned stash on the grounds of their high school.

The Waldos arranged to meet up after school at 4:20 pm to search for the long-lost cannabis stash on the campus of San Rafael High School and developed a code word for the search.

If any one of the friends called a “4:20 Louis” that meant the group would meet up after school at the statue of Louis Pasteur (made of stainless steel and granite) to keep searching.

The term eventually morphed into just 4:20. It wasn’t just a call to go hunt for the abandoned stash, but became a code word for smoking marijuana.

In 1970, members of the Grateful Dead moved to the San Rafael area from the Bay Area. They knew some of the parents of the Waldos and caught wind of the term and started using it.

4:20’s San Rafael roots extended beyond California with the assistance of the Grateful Dead. Reddix got work with the Grateful Dead as a roadie.

In December 1990, a group of die-hard Deadheads in Oakland handed out flyers inviting people to smoke “420” on April 20 at 4:20 pm. One of these flyers ended up in the hands of Steve Bloom, a former reporter for High Times.

Pretty soon, the term and its origins appeared in an issue of High Times in 1991 and the publication would reference the number afterward. The Deadheads were one of the first to celebrate pot smoking on April 20. Today, the popular cannabis term has become synonymous with cannabis consumption and marijuana culture.

What Does “4/20 Friendly” Mean?

Whether you’re on a dating profile or looking for an apartment to rent on Craigslist, you’ll probably run into the phrase “420-friendly.”

Simply put, if someone is 420-friendly it means they are sympathetic to the cannabis cause and won’t make a big deal if you regularly consume cannabis. They may also consume marijuana.

420 Events

Cannabis users around the world can celebrate from the comfort of their or a friend’s house with some music, movies, and munchies. There are plenty of fun marijuana activities and events to do around 4/20 outside of the home, too. States with mature cannabis markets such as Colorado and California tend to host more large-scale and eclectic 4/20 celebrations.

4/20 can also be a time for marijuana users to protest in civil disobedience by meeting up at 4:20 pm to consume cannabis.

Some areas of the world, including Hyde Park in London, even stop enforcing cannabis laws during this day due to the sheer magnitude of people coming together, but are there to keep order. In America and Canada, 4/20 events are common at the following locations:

  • Denver: Civic Center Park
  • San Francisco: “Hippie Hill” in Golden Gate Park
  • New York: Washington Square Park
  • Boulder: University of Colorado Boulder
  • Vancouver: The Vancouver Art Gallery and Sunset Beach
  • Ottawa: Parliament Hill and Major’s Hill Park
  • Montreal: the Mount Royal monument

420 Deals

It’s no surprise that cannabis deals on flower, concentrates, edibles, and topicals are more common during the 4/20 holiday.

Dispensaries may host giveaways and raffles, bring in cannabis vendors, offer hefty discounts like buy-one-get-one-free promotions, and provide entertainment to keep customers in a festive mood. 420 deals bring out more customers and significantly increases revenue on that day.

Some cannabis revenue estimates suggest that cannabis sales can double on the 4/20 holiday. If the average dispensary makes about $10,000 a day, they could earn up to $20,000 on 4/20 due to the increase of 4/20 deals and supplemental purchases.

Overall, cannabis sales on 4/20 have experienced tremendous year-over-year growth across the nation.

420 Meaning Recap

420, 4:20, or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) has two main meanings in the cannabis culture.

Although the real origin of 420 is still up for discussion, the Waldos narrative is the most often acknowledged theory.

There are numerous films and television series that have featured the phrase “420,” such as “Pulp Fiction” and “The Simpsons.”

Some songs, including “420” by Cypress Hill and “4/20” by Wiz Khalifa, are even named after the number 420.

Although 420 is most commonly connected to the cannabis culture, other organizations

What Does “420-Friendly” Mean?

420 friendly means anything that is cannabis-friendly. This could be a person who is open to marijuana use or a place that does not restrict the same. For example you could say that Colorado is a 420 friendly state because it has legalized adult-use marijuana.

420 FAQ's

What is the meaning of 710?

710 is similar to 420. 710 is oil upside and the date is July 10. People in the dabbing world celebrate it.

What does 420 mean in cannabis culture?

In cannabis culture, 420 refers to cannabis consumption, notably around 4:20 p.m. and on April 20th, which cannabis fans celebrate as an unofficial holiday.

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How did 420 become associated with cannabis?

San Rafael High School's “Waldos” met at 4:20 p.m. to smoke cannabis in 1971, coining the phrase 420. After becoming widespread, the phrase began to represent cannabis use and lifestyle.

What does “420 friendly” mean?

The term “420 friendly” is used in housing, social media, dating sites, etc. to imply cannabis tolerance. It implies that cannabis use will be tolerated there.

Are there special 420 events for cannabis enthusiasts?

Yes, many events are held on and around April 20th (4/20), from informal social gatherings to big public events with music, speakers, and cannabis and related goods vendor booths.

What typically happens at 420 events?

Group cannabis smoking, educational lectures, legalization advocacy, music concerts, art displays, and merchant showcases are common 420 events. These events highlight cannabis culture and bring like-minded people together.

Is April 20th an official holiday for cannabis users?

Cannabis culture is celebrated worldwide on April 20th, even though it's not a holiday. Cannabis aficionados celebrate and promote legalization on this day.

How has the meaning of 420 evolved over time?

420 has grown from a code among a few cannabis users to a global emblem of the fight for legalization, a celebration of cannabis culture, and a time to campaign for policy reform and cannabis education.

Are 420 celebrations legal?

Local cannabis regulations govern 420 celebrations. Cannabis-legal areas can sanction and host these activities. In areas where cannabis is prohibited, such celebrations may be subtle or unofficial.

Can non-smokers participate in 420 events?

Nonsmokers can attend 420 events. Beyond use, many cannabis culture and legalization events include education, music, and community development.

What should I expect if I attend a 420 event?

Cannabis lovers frequently assemble in a relaxed, communal setting. There may be music, food, speakers, informational booths, and legal cannabis smoking. Respect local laws and event restrictions.

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Fred Hernandez is a highly accomplished and versatile writer, boasting an extensive background in the cannabis industry. With an in-depth understanding of various sectors including cultivators, processors, retailers, and brands, Fred's expertise spans across the entire cannabis landscape. As a prominent contributor to CTU, he consistently delivers insightful articles exploring the latest developments, news, and regulations shaping the cannabis industry. Whether it's delving into the intricacies of cannabis products, cannabis strain reviews, or providing comprehensive analyses of cannabis laws, or sharing expert insights on cannabis cultivation techniques, Fred's wealth of knowledge positions him as an invaluable writer and educator for all cannabis-related subjects.

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