The number 420 is not actually a police radio code for anything. Although it was widely suggested that 420 was associated with the California Penal Code, 420 refers to a law about public land.
While some people believed April 20th is the day you should start growing your marijuana crop, others believed it was some sort of holiday. But neither is true. Instead, the term 420 led people to think April 20 was somehow associated with marijuana. The date doesn’t actually have any significance.
Myth: Police dispatch code for smoking pot is 420.
A group of about a dozen people who called themselves the Waldos met up to smoke marijuana at 4:20 every day. Rather than announce they were going to get high, they used to the code 420.
Of course, many teens have no idea that it’s an old phrase. So they use the slang term liberally in front of adults, thinking it’s a secret term developed by today’s drug subculture.
Myth: April 20th is Hitler’s birthday.
According to Steve Bloom, an editor at High Times magazine, the term 420 originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971.
Myth: There are approximately 420 active chemicals in marijuana.
The term 420 is a word used to reference pot smoking. While the term was historically used as a “code” to designate someone’s activities or beliefs, such as “420 friendly,” most people are now aware of its association with marijuana.
The term 420 has been around for a long time, but most people have no idea how it became associated with pot.
Originally it was used as code amongst marijuana smokers. Today, it’s prevalent with pretty much anyone who uses marijuana, although more so in North America. There are even 420 dating sites catering to people with this interest.
It depends on where you live, thus why people use this code to share their interest and/or openness to others using marijuana.
For instance, when I travel to Europe, for instance, the question of marijuana use and dating rarely comes up. Yet when I’m in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada, it’s rare to see a dating profile where “420 friendly” isn’t mentioned in some way.
As a dating expert originally from the West Coast of Canada, this question comes up often—here, so many dating profiles will mention “420 friendly” in some way or another. So let’s jump in as to why this appears in some parts of the world and not others, what it means, and why it might be important to you.
What I will say however is this: marijuana use, like smoking, drinking, religion, children, and politics, are all deal-breaking topics for many singles. Whether you live in an area where marijuana is legal or not, it’s eventually a discussion many of us will have at some point in—again, depending on where you live, sometimes it’s a conversation that will occur more than others.
420 refers to marijuana smoking, so “420 friendly” means that the person posting the profile either smokes pot or is open to dating someone that uses marijuana.
I’m not going to get into the ethics or legal aspects of marijuana use, as there are others with infinitely more expertise in the field than I.
When someone you’re dating or someone you’re talking to via an online dating site mentions that they’re “420 friendly,” what do you say?
For some, it’s a non-issue. I’ve talked to many who don’t see smoking marijuana as a problem or who would rather date a person who already approves of their choice. In my neck of the woods, “420” commonly appears in dating site profiles, and I’ve had quite a few folks tell me they’re uninterested in dating unless their potential partner is a pot smoker, pot activist, or at the very least, tolerant of its occasional use.
Here is an explanation as to why people use the term "420 friendly" in their dating profiles and what it means for you (and possibly, them).