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Denver Parks and Recreation Green Lights 4.20 Rally At Civic Center

Ace H.
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After much handwringing, calmer minds have prevailed. Yesterday, the good people at Denver Parks and Recreation gave the official Green light to the rally’s organizers – allowing this year’s 4/20 event to fire up at Denver’s Civic Center. This now annual smoke-out in the park has grown into a massive two-day festival, complete with music, speakers and copious amounts of weed.

According to an online report, parks spokesman Jeff Green said the department issued a festival permit to use Civic Center on 4.10.2014. Implying the parks officials have resolved any remaining moral dilemmas from their ongoing debate – allowing the public consumption of marijuana at the 2014 4.20 rally, which is anticipated to pack the park with thousands of heads.

Organizer Miguel Lopez and attorney Robert Corry had asked the city in February to publicly endorse the widespread pot smoking that long has occurred during the event anyway without police permission.

But officials including Mayor Michael Hancock and City Attorney Scott Martinez balked, noting that Amendment 64 did not permit the public use of cannabis, and city ordinance explicitly bars it. The resolution of the dispute included organizers’ agreement to post those rules at the festival. They also will advise attendees that pot consumption in public still is illegal, though organizers disagree with the law. Denver police say they will take the same approach as usual this year, focusing on ensuring safety rather than issuing mass-citations for public consumption
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