Legal marijuana draws tourists for April 20
DENVER (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to join an unofficial counterculture holiday celebrating marijuana in Colorado and Washington this weekend and test the limits of new laws permitting pot use by adults.
More than 50,000 are expected to light up outdoors in Denver’s Civic Center Park Saturday to celebrate marijuana legalization. Thousands more are headed for the nation’s first open-to-all Cannabis Cup, Saturday and Sunday, a domestic version of an annual marijuana contest and celebration in Amsterdam. Expected guests at the Cannabis Cup, a ticketed event taking place inside the Denver Convention Center, include Snoop Lion, the new reggae- and marijuana-loving persona for the rapper better known as Snoop Dogg.
Marijuana activists consider April 20 a day to celebrate the drug and push for broader legalization. The origins of the number “420” as a code for pot are murky, but the drug’s users have for decades marked the date 4/20 as a day to use pot together.