What is 420? Meaning of the term, what is ‘weed day’, origins, when is it 2022 and what happens in Hyde Park

In the UK, cannabis is a Class B drug

The controversial 420 day takes place every year, but what does 420 mean and how is it related to Hyde Park?

Here’s what you need to know.

What is 420 day?

Around the globe, fans of Marijuana celebrate the herb on this day - also known as ‘weed day’.

The exact origins of the day are not known, but one theory is that the date goes back to 1971, where a group of students at San Rafael High School in California would meet at 4.20pm to smoke.

When does it take place?

The day is celebrated every year on 20 April, with April being the fourth month of the year, with this being another one of the theories behind where the day gets its name from.

What happens on 420?

420 sees people across the world coming together to celebrate the herb, with events usually held and some participants aiming to bring awareness to the cause of the legalisation of marijuana.

Weed is illegal in many parts of the world, with 420 being both a celebration and a protest against what some see as excessive laws against the drug.

Marijuana is illegal in the UK, with no current plans to legalise it.

In the UK, cannabis is a Class B drug and it is against the law to possess, sell, distribute and grow cannabis.

There is the possibility of a five-year prison sentence if you are caught in possession of the drug.

How does 420 relate to Hyde Park?

People often gather in London’s Hyde Park to celebrate 420.

Gatherings have been cancelled over the past two years due to the Covid pandemic, but are set to return on 20 April this year.

In 2021, six-person gathering limits were still in place, but there is no restriction in the number of people able to meet this year.