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A man burns a giant joint during 4/20 in Civic Center park in Denver. At 4.20 pm, all attendees light up.
A man who wished to stay nameless smokes a giant joint in Civic Center Park during the annual 4/20 festival. The two-days festival attracted 80,000 people in Denver this year : on january 1st, Colorado legalized the use of "recreational marijuana".
A young man smokes from a gigantic joint in Civic Center Park during 4/20 festival in downtown Denver.
Festival-goers said that policemen were more present this year than the past ones. The area was fenced, with entry points where attendees were patted down and bags checked. Some streets were also closed. A shooting marred the festival last year, hence the highest number of security guards patrolling the venue.
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.
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