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.
This year April 20 falls on Easter and events in the Denver metro area and mountain communities range from sunrise services to a redesigned marijuana rally.
Two weeks ago, a nightclub DJ and a few buddies were sitting at a sports bar in Denver, joking about how funny it would be if the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos – the NFL teams from the two states that have legalized marijuana – made it to the big game.
A crowd of marijuana smokers expected to swell to 80,000 gathered Saturday in Denver to mark the counterculture holiday known as 4/20 on the first celebration since Colorado and Washington made pot legal for recreation use.
As tens of thousands of people gather to celebrate and smoke marijuana in Denver, police will be out in full force.
Thousands of people are expected to join an unofficial counterculture holiday celebrating marijuana in Colorado and Washington this coming weekend, including out-of staters and even packaged tours.
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