What is 420, how did Weed Day get its name and is it legal in the UK?

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People across the UK celebrate 420 days each year (Image: Getty Images)

420 is a controversial day that’s either loved or loathed around the world, so be prepared for some particularly sharp walks today.

Around the world, fans of Marijuana celebrates the green herb on this day – consider it an unofficial holiday.

Also known as ‘Weed Day’, 420 fall on the same day each year and one of the UK’s largest gatherings of those who celebrate it is in London.

Read on to find out everything you need to know.

What is 420 days?

Today – 420 – is celebrated on April 20th every year, with April being the fourth month of the year.

It sees people around the world lighting up a spliff and gathering to celebrate the herb.

Events are typically held where attendees also aim to raise awareness of marijuana legalization.

The drug is still illegal in the UK and there are currently no plans to legalize it. It is against the law to possess, sell, distribute and grow cannabis in the UK.

With weed illegal in many parts of the world, 420 is part celebration and part protest against what some see as overblown laws against the drug.

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The exact origins of the 420 day are still unknown (Picture: Jena Ardell via Getty Images)

What does 420 mean?

Although it has grown in popularity over the years, the exact origins of the term 420 have not been officially explained.

The term has been the subject of much debate among many who attend both the day and the Drug.

Legend has it that the date goes back to 1971, when a group of students at San Rafael High School in California met every day at 4:20 p.m. for a chat.

The group – who called themselves The Waldos – then began using the time to describe the act of smoking itself, and thus 420 was born.

Naturally, due to the fact that Americans tend to write April 20th as 4/20, it became the official day to mark the high.

There are many other theories as to how 420 became popular, with some believing it was a police code for cops to signal when they caught someone smoking (although the three digits are actually the code for murder).

Others believe it has something to do with the chemical compounds in cannabis, while others come up with suitably Stoney Bob Dylan-based conspiracy theories.

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Something happening in Hyde Park in 2022?

After two years of 420 gatherings in Hyde Park being canceled due to the Covid pandemic, they return on April 20 this year.

Currently on the Hyde Park Facebook page 420 2022 313 people will be attending the event which starts at 1pm.

However, the day usually draws huge crowds of marijuana lovers with attendances in the region of 11,000 people.

Cannabis is a Class B drug in the UK, meaning there is a potential five-year prison sentence if caught in possession of the drug.

With the easing of Covid restrictions, people will be allowed to gather in Hyde Park without group permits – as opposed to 2021’s six-person gathering restrictions.

In which countries is weed legal?

While medicinal cannabis was legalized in the UK in 2018, it is still illegal to use it for recreational purposes.

If you’re caught growing marijuana, you could face up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both.

Many countries around the world have taken the step to fully decriminalize the drug, while others, much like the UK, have only legalized medicinal cannabis.

Find out below where weed is legal around the world:

Recreational use completely legal

The following countries allow the possession of weed for personal use.

  • Australia (only legal in the Australian Capital Territory)
  • Canada
  • United States (legalized or just legalized in 18 states)
  • Uruguay

The following 18 American states have legalized or are legalizing marijuana for personal use:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • new York
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington

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Weed has been decriminalized in nearly 20 states (Image: Tunatura via Getty Images)

Only on medical prescription

  • Argentina (recreational use also decriminalized but purchase illegal)
  • Australian (Federal and all states)
  • Austria
  • Barbados (also legal for spiritual use by registered Rastafarians)
  • Belgium (recreational use also decriminalized for up to 3g)
  • Bermuda (recreational use also decriminalized)
  • Brazil (only for terminally ill patients or those who have no other treatment options)
  • Chile (recreational use also decriminalized)
  • Columbia (recreational use also decriminalized)
  • Croatia (recreational use also decriminalized)
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador (recreational use also decriminalized)
  • Finland
  • Germany (only for seriously ill patients who have exhausted other options)
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Israel (recreational use also decriminalized)
  • Italy (recreational use also decriminalized)
  • Jamaica (recreational use also decriminalized)
  • South Korea (restricted access)
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg (recreational use also decriminalized)
  • Malawi
  • Malta (recreational use also decriminalized)
  • Mexico (recreational use also decriminalized)
  • Netherlands (recreational consumption allowed in licensed cafes)
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Peru (recreational use also decriminalized)
  • Portugal (recreational use also decriminalized)
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Slovenia (recreational use also decriminalized)
  • South Africa (also legal to grow but not for sale)
  • Spain (restricted)
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden (under certain circumstances)
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey (cannabis-derived medicines only)
  • Ukraine (restricted)
  • Great Britain
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

All other countries consider weed illegal, although there are some where the law is largely unenforced by the police and no prosecution occurs.

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