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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
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)

(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.

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Apr 21, 2014 11:45 AM CDT
Apr 21, 2014 8:01 AM CDT
What does it say when we celebrate getting high with a substance rather than good deeds?
Apr 21, 2014 2:22 AM CDT
To "celebrate" 4/20 Pot day, I filed a Police Report against our drug addicted JUNKIE son who lives in our backyard now at age 43, homeless, no job, on welfare SSI who got his start at age 12 when he first began to smoke POT and dropped out of school in 9th grade with a report card of ALL F- Minuses, who is now a total compleatly criminally minded JUNKIE who plans for us to DIE and leave him the house, cars & Harley My wife has already suffered a heart attack and I almost died in ER last fall, thks to him I don't smile- he knocked out my teeth- latest police report is for $1370 charged by him on my JCPenny card, plus $338 on my Valero card where he used my Jan68 Dr. Lic ID- 30 year nightmare began when he started using POT as a teenager, now we suffer 4 it So IF our nation isn't already stoopified by a dumb education system, God help us ALL POT smokers SUCK