Thousands Celebrate 4/20 in Denver

This is the first year of the 4/20 rally that marijuana is legal in Colorado, so it's not surprising there is a huge turnout at Civic Center Park in Denver. At 4:20 p.m., the tens of thousands of celebrators are expected to light up, even though it is still illegal to smoke pot in public. Organizers say between 50,000 and 80,000 are expected to attend over the two days.

There is also beefed-up police security for the two-day event. Yesterday, police issued 22 tickets for public consumption. Today, as of 4:10 pm, 37 were issued, with 31 of them for public consumption violations. (It's a civil, not criminal violation.)

Here's a photo of the Denver Police Command Center as they watch events in real-time, "using about 50 TV screens that can flip back and forth to 138 HALO and 38 traffic cameras." (via Denver Post)

Check out Westword's gallery of photos of the epic event. [More...]

There were drones flying over the event. Here's a video. And a large photo of one of the drones.

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    I tell ya... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by kdog on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 08:10:13 AM EST
    the convergence of Easter and World Marijuana Appreciation Day is like a holiday perfect storm.

    I hosted the combined festivities for the family yesterday...good good times.  Pass the chalice with the clan, binge on hors d' oeuvres, pass the chalice again, binge on a fresh ham dinner with all the fixings, pass the chalice again, binge on deserts over a family poker game, pass the chalice nightcap, binge on easter candy and retire.  

    Now that's a good blessed day, but I'm still f*ckin' stuffed...my goodness!

    Loved the faces of the shiny happy people of Denver celebrating...the drones, not so much;)  

    Somewhere (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 06:01:24 PM EST
    John Denver is smiling

    and, singing, (none / 0) (#4)
    by NYShooter on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 11:37:40 PM EST
    "Rocky Mountain 'High"

    Fun to watch (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 05:43:24 PM EST
    Well 4/20 came and went, and it seemed like the world didn't burn down (even if it burned). Seeing the success of decriminalization in Colorado and Washington state, as well as the destructiveness of the War on Drugs, a lot of people would like to say a thing or two to the drug czars in charge. Watch Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) do exactly that and then some.