We do not wish to be a people who suffer from the lack of historical knowledge and therefore a kind of social amnesia. We do not wish to be a people who anyone may tell stories of the past and be wrong.
~Dr. Robert P. Fogerty

We are living in a historic time. Just imagine if more had been done to collect the histories of the bootleggers, moonshiners and prohibition activists at the end of alcohol prohibition. Instead, by the time organizations began to collect the first hand accounts of those involved alcohol prohibition most who had been involved had passed away and their first hand accounts,  stories and personal records gone with them. The recorded history of marijuana prohibition should not just be police, criminal and legislative records, there are many great histories of people on the front lines that should be recorded and preserved while they are still with us and their memories are fresh.


The idea of a 420 archive was conceived by several museum and educational professionals who were concerned by both the rapid changes underway with the legalization of Marijuana in the states of Colorado and Washington and by recent deaths and illnesses of long-time marijuana activists.
A quick needs assessment revealed no institution – educational or museum was currently undertaking any oral history project targeting the marijuana growers and prohibition activists. In addition to that, the few historic documents dealing with marijuana prohibition and activism are fragmentary and scattered.


The 420 Archive thanks all of the participants for their help over the years. We have turned over the project to Oral History Center at UC Berkeley one of the nation’s leading oral history offices. They will be continuing the project of collecting the oral histories from California’s cannabis farmers and workers in the industry. The 30+ oral histories we have collected have been archived at Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley and will serve as the foundation for The 420 Archive Collection. If you have questions or are interested in learning more contact Todd Holmes at the Oral History Center.


Nonprofit Status: The 420 Archive was a registered 501(c)3 educational nonprofit but has now sunsetted.


AssociationBoard Member

Michael Krawitz
Executive Director, Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access
Genine Coleman
Founder of BrainBloom Cannabis Education & Consulting
Treasurer, Secretary & Vice President
Joe Hoover
Field Services, Minnesota Historical Society
Board Member
Tim Perkins
Project Specialist, Richard M. Davis Hemp Museum
Board Member
Mark Soderstrom
Professor of History at SUNY Empire State College
Board Member
Brian Applegarth
President California Cannabis Tourism Association
Board Member
Rachel Barrett Martin Board Member