Denver's 4/20 Rally Grows Up
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Denver's 4/20 Rally Grows Up
Posted by CN Staff on April 15, 2014 at 16:22:53 PT
By Jon Murray, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post 
Colorado -- Sales of recreational marijuana may be legal, but organizers of next weekend's 4/20 festival in Denver  billed as the largest in the world  have a fine line to walk.They nearly got the two-day event canceled after the organizers' attorney asked the city to endorse public pot-smoking by attendees.
Now, with a permit for Civic Center in hand as of Thursday, Miguel Lopez and other organizers will need to broadcast the illegality of public marijuana consumption  as a concession to city officials  while also protesting Colorado's remaining strictures on cannabis use. They also plan to protest that alcohol is treated differently from pot on public property.In other words, when tens of thousands of the pot-passionate fill the park Saturday and Sunday  the same day as Easter  there will be plenty of winks and nods.And pot smoke in the air.The long-standing rally-turned-festival was supercharged by Colorado's Amendment 64, passed by voters in 2012. The first legal recreational pot sales anywhere, to those 21 and older, began Jan. 1.Despite a changing climate, though, Lopez says organizers' goals remain the same: to protest federal marijuana prohibition and remaining local restrictions and to support a grab-bag of causes including gay rights. As in previous years, police say they will keep watch with an eye on safety rather than cracking down on public pot use.This year could mark a turning point for the rally.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: Jon Murray, The Denver PostPublished: April 15, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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