History of ‘Weed Day’: Celebrate with Hollywood movies

While not yet a state or federal holiday, plenty are still celebrating 4-20. Or National Weed Day.

A flower on a Lemon Kush cannabis plant during an indoor grow. Flickr user eggrole; Creative Commons

WASHINGTON, Weed Day – Today, April 20, also known as 4-20 or Weed Day, is a day for those not gainfully employed, or taking the day off, to celebrate with their favorite munchies and Hollywood. PSA: Do not celebrate 420 and drive, or leave your house. Even if your in Colorado, where I hear this today becoming a state-wide holiday (just kidding).

Suggested films to celebrate (getting high not required to appreciate):

Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Not only is this the essential teenage weed movie, it is also filled with ton’s of trivia:

Nicholas Cage has his first big movie role here. Billed as Nicola Coppola (yes, he is nephew to Francis Ford Coppola) was originally supposed to play the lead character Brad (Judge Rheinhold) but the filmmakers relegated him to a background role after his auditioning improvisations were deemed ‘too weird.’ Go figure.

The poster boy for weed, Spicoli, is played by a young Sean Penn who stayed in character during the entire filming. Is that code for stoned?

Some Rock n’ Roll trivia (to go with the drugs) is that the woman who pulls up next to Brad’s car and laughs at him while he’s wearing his Captain Hook’s Fish and Chips uniform is Director Cameron Crowe’s then-girlfriend and ex-wife Nancy Wilson, guitarist for the band Heart.

The Big Lebowski: The bowling dream sequence featuring Julianne Moore in a viking headdress, Jeff Bridges floating beneath dancers’ legs and red-suited men running with giant scissors might be best viewed while under the influence.  And a well made White Russian might be the perfect libation to celebrate with while those sunglasses sported by Jeff Bridges might help hide your blood shot eyes.

Fargo:  Because practicing Minnesotan accents is hilarious and the characters all seem a little… well baked, don’tcha know?

 But where did Weed Day begin?

It all began in the early 1970’s with a group of five teenagers from San Rafael High School in northern California who had heard about an abandoned cannabis crop around the area. The young boys referred to themselves as “the Waldos” mostly because their typical hangout spot was a wall outside the school. However, once they…

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