This is why there's a load of people talking about smoking weed today 2 years ago

This is why there's a load of people talking about smoking weed today

It's 420 day...

We had a similar situation on this day a couple of years ago, when plenty of people were curious about the high levels of chatter about smoking weed on social media.

A quick search of the word "weed" on Twitter will bring up thousands of matches from the last day.

Some of you are probably well aware that today, April 20, is 420 day, on account of the way they arrange the days and months in the States (4/20 as opposed to 20/4, as we'd put it).

420 relates back to a gang of teenagers called the Waldos who went in search of a cannabis crop north of San Francisco in California way back in 1971.

Legend has it that the five members of the gang used to gather to smoke their stuff at 4.20pm every day, giving rise to a code that is still used to this day.

The 4.20 time became a code for them to use in front of their unsuspecting parents, and 420 gradually spread from there across California and to other parts of the world.

It has been marked in the US for a number of years but the practice has recently spread wider with more than 1,000 people converging on Hyde Park in London to smoke weed last year.

The practice in many areas is a demonstration to try and get the bans on smoking the Class B drug legalised, for either medicinal or recreational use.

We hope this explains why people are talking about it...