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WATCH: Denver’s first ’420 Rally’ since marijuana legalization draws huge crowd

By Scott Kaufman
Sunday, April 20, 2014 13:45 EDT

Authorities predict that Denver’s first “420 Rally” since the legalization of marijuana will be the largest to date, but remind attendees that smoking pot in public is still illegal.

Recreational marijuana use was legalized in Colorado on January 1, 2014, and has proven to be quite lucrative for the state.

However, as Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown told NBC News, “the state constitution and city ordinances make smoking pot in public illegal, [so] if they want to celebrate 4/20, they should do so in the privacy of their home.”

According to the group organizing the two-day event, “Colorado is the epicenter of the industry and all eyes will be on Denver on 4/20/14.” The state, organizers claim, “has taken aggressive steps to ensure the marijuana industry realizes its potential in a credible, responsible manner.”

Miguel Lopez, one of the event’s founders, said that “[w]hile this year’s rally is still a celebration of the marijuana culture and a protest against the federal prohibition against its use. Our goal is to create a positive environment for users to share stories, learn about the industry and create informed opinions on the remaining issues facing the industry.”

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper expressed dismay that his state has become so closely associated with the 420 movement. “Colorado is known for many great things,” he said, “marijuana should not be one of them.”

The Denver Police Department told NBC News that it plans to have “a large presence” at the event, but that it will use “discretion” when handing out citations to those who smoke openly at the rally.

Watch a video of the first day of the rally from About Colorado TV HERE.

In The Los Angeles TimesIn The Los Angeles Times

Denver: Pot-loving 420 Rally this weekend, but beware at airports

By Mary Forgione Daily Deal and Travel Blogger

April 15, 2014, 8:00 a.m.

If you’re celebrating Easter this weekend in Denver, you might also ingest a bit of the city’s pot-celebrating 420 Rally that has been expanded to a two-day event this year.

The 420 Rally, once an underground event but now very much above ground, embraces Colorado’s Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana use when it was signed itno law last year.

The 420 Rally has been around since the 1970s and describes itself as “a cannabis culture music featival.” It walks a fine line because, despite the law that allows people 21 and older to use pot, public use is still illegal.

The event will feature Wyclef Jeanthe ExpendablesRose Quartz and a bunch of other DJs and bands on Friday and Saturday as well as food vendors and other entertainment.

“Our goal is to create a positive environment for users to share stories, learn about the industry and create informed opinions on the remaining issues facing the industry,” rally organizer Miguel Lopez says in a statement.

Last year, three people were injured when gunfire erupted at the event in Civic Center Park.

Among tips for festival-goers on 420 Rally’s website: radiate positivity, share (though it never says what exactly), respect the city park with a “leave no trace” ethic, and get involved by talking with vendors about the issues.

What about the ritual of lighting up at 4:20 p.m. on 4/20 (the origins of which are murky): It’s still illegal so it will be discouraged.

Travelers need to know that federal law still bans possession of pot. Colorado Springs and Aspen/Pitkin County airports have put up “amnesty boxes” in terminals so fliers can get rid of marijuana they may have inadvertantly carried in.

Denver International Airport bans possession of pot on its premises.

It’s also illegal to have or use marijuana on federal public lands, including national parks, forests, monuments and ski areas.

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Safety & Public InformationSafety & Public Information

The Oficial 420 Rally is a rain or shine event.

We will make every effort to create a safe environment in the park, including public and private security and medical staff throughout the rally. If you need any assistance, seek out the medical tent, or look for a peace officer or rally staff member.

The following items are NOT ALLOWED* at The Official 420 Rally:

  • Weapons of Any Kind, including Fireworks or Explosives of Any Kind
  • Large Framed Backpacks (Hiking Backpacks, etc.)
  • Glass Containers and Metal Aerosol Cans, including Sunscreen in Aerosol Cans.
  • Outside Food or Drinks (including Alcohol), except Two Factory-Sealed Water Bottles (up to 1 Liter each)
  • Skateboards, Scooters or Personal Motorized Vehicles
  • Carts, Tents & Chairs of Any Kind
  • Hard-Sided Coolers
  • Pets (except Service Dogs)
  • Professional Recording (Photo, Video, Audio) Equipment (NO Large Professional Detachable Zoom Lenses, Tripods or Other Commercial Equipment
  • No Unauthorized/Unlicensed Vendors Allowed. No Unauthorized Solicitations, Handbills, Sampling, Give-Aways, etc.

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