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NPR did a segment on the significance of 4/20, and here is a site that 
expresses the same information:

Claim:   '420' entered drug parlance as a term signifying the time to light 
up a joint.

Status:   True.

Origins:   Odd
terms sneak into our language every now and then, and this is one of the 
oddest. Everyone who considers himself in the know about the drug 
subculture has heard that '420' has something to do with illegal drug use, 
but when you press them, they never seem to know why, or even what the term 
supposedly signifies.

read on . . .
listen to NPR:

Harry Willems, Consultant Asst. Dir.            620.365.5136
Southeast Kansas Library System         620.365.5137 (fax)
Iola, KS  66749               

42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

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