Cannabis Cup: Denver Holds Festival In The Shadow Of State Capitol

COLORADO:  Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of 20 April has gone mainstream in the first state in the US to legalize recreational marijuana.

Tens of thousands gathered this weekend in Colorado for cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment, from a marijuana industry expo called the Cannabis Cup; to 4/20-themed concerts at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater, where acts included Slightly Stoopid and Snoop Dogg; to a massive festival in the shadow of the state capitol where clouds of cannabis smoke were expected.

The festival in Denver’s Civic Center Park is the most visible sign of the transformation. It started as a defiant gathering of marijuana activists, but this year the event had an official city permit, was organized by an event management company and featured booths selling funnel cakes and Greek food next to kiosks hawking hemp lollipops and glass pipes.

Colorado Officials Encourage Responsible Marijuana Use During 4/20 Celebrations

COLORADO: On Sunday, April 20, marijuana enthusiasts will be able to legally enjoy and celebrate the unofficial holiday dedicated to cannabis.

Now that Coloradans and tourists can legally participate in the recreational consumption of marijuana and celebrate at the many events that will take place statewide, patrons are being encouraged to be informed and abide by state laws and partake in any activities responsibly.

“State agencies, local governments, the marijuana industry and others have worked hard since the passage of Amendment 64 to ensure that Colorado remains a safe, healthy place to live,” said Andrew Freedman, Director of Marijuana Coordination for the State of Colorado. “It’s also important that all Coloradans and visitors to our state know what’s legal and what’s not. We encourage everyone to be safe this weekend and act responsibly.”

The Colorado departments of Transportation (CDOT), Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE), Revenue (DOR), Human Services (DHS), Public Safety (DPS) and the Governor’s office are reminding people that while marijuana may be legal, there are certain restrictions that must be followed for safety reasons.