At 4:20 p.m. on April 20 a haze of smoke could be seen over Denver’s Civic Center Park as people lit up for this year’s 4/20 rally.
Last year a shooting sent thousands of people running from Civic Center Park during the 4/20 rally. Now there are new security measures in place.
This year’s event in Denver’s Civic Center Park is the first since recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado. What used to be a rally in Denver has turned into a pot festival with plenty of police looking on.
Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.
People gathered at Denver’s Civic Center Park for day one of this year’s two-day 4/20 celebration on Saturday.
Colorado has seen a boom in revenues since the legalization of retail marijuana sales, but Denver’s tourism industry is especially feeling the impact this Easter weekend.
Denver is promising some big changes at this year’s 4/20 rally. Last year the marijuana celebration attracted thousands at a massive smoke out in Civic Center Park.
Organizers of Denver’s annual April 20 marijuana festival on Wednesday announced that rapper B.o.B and singer Wyclef Jean will headline the event as they try to draw a big post-legalization crowd and shake the memory of last year’s event, which was marred by a still-unsolved shooting.
For the third year in a row the University of Colorado plans to close its Boulder campus for the upcoming marijuana smokeout.
Denver’s 4/20 rally may run into some problems this year, but the city hasn’t made any official decision to shut it down.