19 Apr 2014 04:00
80,000 people gathered to celebrate the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado. The annual 4/20 festival in Denver takes place at the Civic Center park in front of the Capitol, and lasts two days. As Colorado legalized the use of recreational marijuana on january 1, many people were expected at this year 4/20 festival.
The festival has been going on for years and its first goal was to support the legalization of marijuana. It was mostly attended by marijuana activists.
Although recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado, it is still illegal to smoke it in public. But during the festival, the police allows the smoke-out to happen and is mainly there for security and to keep the smokers inside the park area. Traditionally, all attendees light up at 4.20pm.
The festival area is fenced and two stages are set up with a number of bands and kiosks in front of the Capitol building.