Toke up and rejoice weed smokers, it’s 420 Day again,
In honor of the only worldwide holiday celebrating marijuana, who better to celebrate it with than those 1970s’s comic book band of original Doobie brothers “The Fabulous Freak Brothers.”
This threesome of cold stone dopers who appeared in their own counter-culture comic books in the 1970s lived a life that revolved around procurement and enjoyment of recreational drugs, particularly marijuana . None of them were concerned with employment since jobs were for the Establishment and the only use for money was to score food (for their interminable munchies) and drugs without getting burned by unscrupulous dealers or busted by the “fuzz.”
Smoking weed was the predominant theme that ran through all the comics and the group live in a state of blissful inertia punctuated by bursts of paranoia
The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers was created by Gilbert Shelton. Originally appearing in strip form in the underground newspaper “The Rag” it was published in Austin Texas in 1968.
In 1969 Shelton and 3 friends from Texas founded “Rip Off Press” in San Francisco which took over the publication of Freak brothers comics. The first compilation of their adventures “The Collected Adventures of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers” had its first printing in 1971.
1971 is in fact a date that figures prominently in celebrating 420 Day. Back in 1971, five students at San Rafael High School in California would meet at 4:20pm – right after doing their after-school sports- to toke up.
There are lots of urban myths suggesting the origins of 420 but according to the internet, this is the most credible story out there.
The Secret Marijuana Patch
The term 420 was allegedly coined that fateful year when a group of students from the San Rafael High School in California went on a hunt for a plot of marijuana plants that was supposedly growing near the Point Reyes Peninsula Coast Guard Station.
They met at 4:20 pm outside their school to drive to the area and carried out the search many times. They never found the plants, but it became a tradition, and the group, who called themselves “The Waldos” began using 420 as a shorthand for smoking weed.
This spread, and 4:20pm became known as the perfect time for toking up, and the number 420 became synonymous with marijuana.
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