With many sporting tie-dye gear, pot-leaf garlands and wide grins, thousands of revelers began pouring into Denver’s Civic Center park on Friday for the annual 4/20 celebration in the de facto capital of cannabis.
“It’s the only holiday we like,” said Bre Grover, 21, of Nunn. “I think the hippies of the 60s would’ve been proud.”
Marijuana revelers weren’t deterred by dropping temperatures and approaching dark clouds. Lines were long at noon, but they were moving briskly and efficiently as bags were checked at the gates. Organizers expect 30,000 to 50,000 people to attend what’s officially called the Mile-High 420 Festival, complete with concerts, vendors and a giant cloud of smoke at 4:20 p.m.
Many weren’t waiting for 4:20 p.m. to partake, however. Pot smoke was on the breeze for blocks around the downtown park.
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This is a developing story that will be updated. Staff writers John Ingold and Jon Murray contributed to this report.