Battle Shaping Up Over 4/20 Rally Permit

By Rick Sallinger

DENVER (CBS4)– A battle is shaping up over who will get the permit to organize next year’s annual 4/20 rally in Civic Center Park.

It is the day every year the park between the City County Building and the state Capitol is filled with pungent smoke. Now there is a fight over who will get the permit.

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First in line outside Parks and Recreation Department offices in the Wellington Webb building is a representative of the marijuana dispensary Euflora.

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CBS4’s Rick Sallinger asked Chloe Robinson what it was like waiting in line for hours on end.

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CBS4’s Rick Sallinger interviews Chloe Robinson (credit: CBS)

When he asked, “Cold out here?” She replied, “Yes, definitely cold.”

Her boss is critical of the past handling of the event. We reached Pepe Breton, owner of Euflora.

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Pepe Breton, owner of Euflora (credit: CBS)

“They did a horrible job not good security the talent wasn’t great,” he said.

And he adds the event contractor owes tens of thousands of dollars to them.

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“I was approached by one of the managers who said we need a $23,000 loan to save the event,” Breton said.

He has filed a lawsuit against the contractor Civic Center Productions.

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The actual holder of the permit for the 4/20 event is Miguel Lopez. He has held it for nine years and has priority status, but is now appealing a three-year suspension over issues at this year’s event. There were complaints about trash and security.

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CBS4’s Rick Sallinger interviews Miguel Lopez. (credit: CBS)

Because the hearing officer has yet to issue a decision, the permit process may be delayed.

Cyndi Karvaski, the spokesperson for the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation says the decision is not due until as late as Nov. 9.

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Cyndi Karvaski, the spokesperson for the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation (credit: CBS)

“We will not at this time be giving out a permit for 4/20 on November 1,” she said.

CBS4’s Sallinger asked the woman sitting on a lawn chair in line, “What would you say if i told you they arent’ going to give it out November 1?”

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With a smile she replied, “I’m part of the team so it’s all good.”

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Lopez, the permit holder called Euflora’s bid for the permit “grandstanding.” Civic Center Productions has not yet returned calls for comment on the lawsuit.

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.

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