‘420’ pot smoking events attract thousands in Denver, Boulder

The old police code for marijuana use is 420, the date is also April 20th, and now folks who smoke pot have come to use the date and time to celebrate the consumption of the “evil weed”.

Their goal is to push for reform that will eventually legalize marijuana.

In Denver, Boulder and to a degree Colorado Springs there were gatherings where people openly smoked weed around 4:20 in the afternoon.

Now, that said, there were many who puffed long before the afternoon hit time.

“We know that many students will be on the Quad to take part in the activity,” said C.U. spokesman Bronson Hilliard.

“But we also know that many more people who are not students come and we don’t sanction that. In fact, we have learning and research going on in these buildings around the Quad.”

In Boulder, this year’s smoke-in went off without a hitch… some toked on ‘cones’ and others had pipes and joints.

In Colorado Springs, local MMJ shops held an informational gathering but promised no pot would be smoked.

Denver pot activists staged what they call the largest pot fest in the country.

With booths and vendors from shops and growers, the day began early in Civic Center Park across from the Capitol.

The timing was right, since the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws opens its annual conference in Denver Thursday.

Thousands of young people, downtown business types and others gathered to celebrate 420.

Police estimated 15,000-20,000 people were at the Denver event. They issued 10 marijuana possession or public-consumption tickets.

John Pylka, who put together one of the pot fests on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was selling old High Times magazines from the 1970s. “I hope to sell enough of these collectables to get a bus ticket home!” he said.

Police report few arrests but some agencies did issue tickets for smoking in places not designated for the smoke-in.

For activists in Denver, holding the event between the Capitol and City Hall, they hope lawmakers will end what they call a prohibition on pot by “legalizing it, man.”

As many in the crowd put it, “It’s 420 somewhere, and Wednesday it was the Front Range.”

via : FOX

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