In case you were wondering, here's why loads of people are talking about smoking weed today 6 years ago

In case you were wondering, here's why loads of people are talking about smoking weed today

Cian Healy asked the question, so we said we'd try and answer it.

If you're anything like Leinster and Ireland rugby star Cian Healy, you might well have been wondering why so many people appeared to be talking about smoking weed and other cannabis-related matters today.

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We have to admit to being a little out of the loop ourselves so we decided to wade through the smoke in an effort to discover why that was the case and it didn't take us long to find out.

Some of you are probably well aware that today, April 20th, is 420 day, on account of the way they arrange 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.

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420 Day is something that has been marked in the US for years but has only caught on internationally in recent years; yesterday, for example, 53 people were arrested in Hyde Park in London at an event attended by supporters of legalising cannabis.

Similar events are taking place across the USA and Canada in an effort to get federal bans on marijuana lifted, while if we were betting men, we'd wager that various fast food outlets will be joyfully reflecting on one of their busiest days of the year tomorrow morning.

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Does that help explain it?