Colorado Lights It Up With (Legal) 4/20 Bash

Tens of thousands throng Denver for pot holiday

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 20, 2014 1:07 PM CDT

(Newser) – Potheads in Colorado aren't letting a little thing like the fact that The Man says it's OK deter them from lighting up a 4/20 weekend that's suddenly gone mainstream: As CNN reports, the Mile High City is throwing itself a party that by some estimates has attracted 80,000 visitors. The two-day event, which apparently culminates with a wave of pot smoke as partygoers light up at 4:20pm local time, features a "4/20 Rally," a High Times Cannabis Cup, and a concert headlined by—you guessed it—Snoop Dogg.

"It's like his Super Bowl," says Kate, who oddly wouldn't give her last name, of her boyfriend. "He's been giddy about it for weeks. ... Super stoked is an understatement." Others were less enamored: "It's a lot mellower this year," 29-year-old Cody Andrews tells the AP. "It's more of a venue now. More vendor-y." And it's definitely not all peace and love, man: Security is pretty tight, reports the Denver Post, complete with patdowns and beefy guards. "It's presidential-style security," says the event organizer.

With the Colorado state capitol in the background, partygoers dance to live music and smoke pot on the first of two days at the 4/20 festival in Denver, Saturday, April 19, 2014.
With the Colorado state capitol in the background, partygoers dance to live music and smoke pot on the first of two days at the 4/20 festival in Denver, Saturday, April 19, 2014.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
With the Colorado state capitol building in the background, partygoers dance and smoke pot at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Saturday, April 19, 2014.
With the Colorado state capitol building in the background, partygoers dance and smoke pot at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Saturday, April 19, 2014.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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