Marijuana smoke fills the air at 4:20 pm during the 420 celebration at the Denver 420 Rally in Civic Center Park in 2014.

Denver says it likely will grant Miguel Lopez a permit for Monday 4/20 rally

A Denver Parks and Recreation spokesman says permitting officials likely will allow the organizer of this weekend’s pro-marijuana 4/20 festival in Civic Center to also host a stripped-down rally there Monday.

Officials were waiting late Friday afternoon on a final agreement on conditions from Miguel Lopez and the payment of permit fees, said Parks and Rec spokesman Jeff Green.

He said the department intends to issue Lopez the permit.

Monday is the date of the actual April 20 pot holiday.

There has been uncertainty about whether there would be an organized event in Civic Center that afternoon after the most recent applicant for a public-assembly permit backed out Wednesday. Thousands are expected to gather and puff together at the symbolically significant time of 4:20 p.m.

On Thursday, parks officials started talks with Lopez, whose 4/20 festival, with a free concert lineup including rapper Rick Ross, will occupy the park Saturday and Sunday.

A city letter to Lopez on Friday said he could have the Monday rally from 2 to 6 p.m. and could use the portable toilets and trash containers from the weekend event.

Similar to last year, the city will require Lopez to inform attendees at least once per hour that Denver doesn’t allow public consumption of marijuana, though many attendees typically have ignored such advisories in the past.

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