Denver girds for 'world's largest' marijuana rally

April 20, 2013 23:43

DENVER - Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts gathered in Denver on Saturday for an annual weekend celebration of cannabis, the first such assemblage since Colorado voters legalized the recreational use of pot last fall.

A number of activities are being held around Colorado on April 20 - "4/20" is synonymous with marijuana within the drug culture - including classes on hashish making, cooking with cannabis and pot cultivation, along with several music concerts.The event expected to draw the largest crowd is a pot smoke-out Saturday afternoon at a downtown Denver park near the state capitol.

Organizer Miguel Lopez said the pot party is the "world's largest 4/20 rally," and that it will be bigger than in past years because of the state's legalization of small amounts of marijuana for use by adults.

"We had 60,000 people here last year and expect 75,000 to 80,000 this year," Lopez told Reuters.

Lopez said the rally is part of a "grassroots" effort to compel the federal government - which still lists marijuana as an illegal narcotic - to stop prosecuting pot users.. 

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