4/20 was National Weed Day, and I’m not talking dandelions and crabgrass. Why 4/20? According to Time Magazine:
The most credible story traces the date to Marin County, Calif. In 1971, five students at San Rafael High School would reportedly meet at 4:20 p.m. by the campus’s statue of chemist Louis Pasteur to partake. Two of these students, David Reddix and Steve Capper, wrote an article for The Huffington Post about how this group—known as the “Waldos” because they met at a wall—would say “420” to each other as code for marijuana.
A brother of a group member apparently knew Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, so the band is said to have helped popularize the term. On Dec. 28, 1990, Deadheads in Oakland handed out flyers reportedly inviting people to smoke “420” on April 20 at 4:20 p.m—and one got in the hands of Steve Bloom, a former reporter for High Times magazine, an authority on cannabis culture. Once the publication published the flyer in 1991 and continued to reference the number, it became known globally for its association with marijuana. In 1998, the outlet recognized the “Waldos” as the “inventors” of 420 after they came forward.
Bloom, now the publisher of Celebstoner.com, has credited the people who wrote the flyer for the date’s reputation as an annual gathering of pot smokers. “They wanted people all over the world to get together on one day each year and collectively smoke pot at the same time,” he wrote last year. “They birthed the idea of a stoner holiday, which April 20 has become.”
I’m not exactly a fixture in stoner society, so I had to look all this up. And then I decided to issue a household edict making 4/20 National Catnip Day.
To celebrate here at Mousebreath headquarters, Banzai, Buckaroo and Tripper broke out the Silver Vine and rubbed the bejeezus out of the Ripple Rug. Banzai was even more googley-eyed than usual, and Tripper played like a maniac straight out of Flashdance. And then they got the munchies, natch…
This morning, I thought of all the poor kittehs out there who might not have known about National Catnip Day, thus missing out on all the hallucinogenic fun. So we’re giving away a dime bag of a primo catnip-silver vine blend from From the Field that will transport you to the Age of Aquarius. (Purrsonally, we purrfer Smack Silvervine Powder, but I couldn’t set that up as an Amazon giveaway.)