420 is one of those numbers with so many recorded uses that Wikipedia maintains a disambiguation page for it. Unless you were concerned with 420’s status as a sparsely totient number, you were probably thinking hempish thoughts, in which case Nancy Friedman has a nicely informative piece called “420: The Brand,” inasmuch as 420 “has a long history in cannabis culture.”
420 Carpenter in Lacey, Washington, a suburb east of Olympia, provides its customers with, they say, “accessible, top quality cannabis and cannabis paraphernalia¹ in a friendly and professional environment,” which is now legal in Washington state, pending the Feds getting their BVDs in a bind. It does not, from the looks of things, resemble the stereotypical 1960s head shop: they’re vending a commercial product, not a transient lifestyle. If this state ever gets around to legalizing marijuana and hey, we have gay marriage now, you have to figure anything is possible we’ll have stores sort of like 420 Carpenter.
Then again, as Nancy Friedman points out:
The store’s actual street address is 422 Carpenter Road.
[Emphasis added.] Were it not for the fact that they’re not alone in their little strip mall the store occupies Suite 105 I’d think they’d be pushing city officials for a renumbering.
¹ Am I the only person who read that and thought “propane and propane accessories”?