Tens Of Thousands Raise Joints, Pipes And Vaporizer Devices In Denver Pot Party

COLORADO:  Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

The 4:20 p.m. smoke-out in the shadow of the Colorado capitol was the capstone of an Easter weekend dedicated to cannabis in states across the country. Although it is still against the law to publicly smoke marijuana in Colorado, police reported only 130 citations or arrests over the course of the two-day event, 92 for marijuana consumption.

“It feels good not to be persecuted anymore,” said Joe Garramone, exultantly smoking a joint while his 3-year-old daughter played on a vast lawn crowded with fellow smokers.

Denver’s 4/20 Celebrations A Mostly Mellow Affair

COLORADO: Perhaps nowhere was Sunday’s 4/20 celebration bigger than in Denver, where thousands gathered at events across the city to openly recognize what the editorial director of High Times Magazine called “the national stoner holiday.”

The Denver Post’s John Ingold reports that tens of thousands of people gathered Sunday at Civic Center Park, sending up “a collective smoke cloud at 4:20 p.m. that quickly dissipated in the breeze.” Thousands more attended the sold-out High Times Cannabis Cup, also held in Denver, where Denver Post staff writer Eric Gorski reports that marijuana companies offered samples to people over 21 and those with Colorado medical marijuana cards.

Gorski wrote:

The tremendous amount of marijuana being consumed begged the question: How much is too much? (Cat) Jordan said as a general rule, she slows down when she starts to get very tired.