By LISA ROUGH/Posted at;.leafly.com –
The rumors and myths around 4/20 are random, ridiculous, and all too plentiful. We did some mythbusting to find the truth behind a few of the most popular stories that circulate around the holiday. Here’s what we uncovered.
1. MYTH: The police dispatch code for cannabis is ‘420’.
There’s a long-standing rumor that the police radio dispatch code for cannabis possession or public consumption in progress is ‘420’.
‘420’ is not the police code for cannabis smoking. In fact, it’s not the police code for anything (unless you’re in Las Vegas, in which case it’s the code for homicide. Buzzkill!)
One reason this particular rumor spread so far and wide is due to another canna-connection. Once, while on tour, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh attributed ‘420’ to a police code in San Rafael, rumored to be “marijuana smoking in progress.” He was wrong, but the rumor persisted, eventually becoming the stuff of legend. This was the first (but certainly not the last) time the Grateful Dead would be associated with famous 420 rumors.
2. MYTH: The California penal code for cannabis is ‘420’.
California Penal Code Section 420 refers to the unlawful hindrance or obstruction of a person from entering public land. Kinda boring, actually. Interestingly, there is a California Senate Bill 420 that refers to the use of medical marijuana, but it was (aptly) named after the cultural phenomenon, not the other way around.
3. MYTH: There are 420 chemical compounds in cannabis.
4. MYTH: All of the clocks in the film Pulp Fiction are set to 4:20.
Status: FALSE, KIND OF
It’s safe to say that most of the clocks in Pulp Fiction are set to 4:20, but a few sharp-eyed movie buffs managed to find clocks in the film that don’t quite match up. That being said, it’s still a cool bit of movie trivia to drop on your friends.
5. MYTH: April 20 was Hitler’s birthday.
Status: TRUE, BUT IRRELEVANT
Unfortunately, this one is a fact, but it has absolutely nothing to do with cannabis. Hitler was a turd, and he doesn’t get to ruin 4/20….
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