Thousands descend on Denver for 4/20 festivities; 160 citations issued

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DENVER -- The unofficial 4/20 marijuana holiday is Monday, but festivities were in full swing in the Mile High City on Sunday.

Thousands of people filled the annual 4/20 celebration at Civic Center Park on Sunday with more expected Monday -- April 20.

There were no major issues during the weekend, with the Denver Police Department saying it issued about 60 tickets Saturday and about 100 on Sunday for public consumption of marijuana.

The 4/20 festivities will be capped Monday -- April 20 -- with more events planned downtown, including a public smoke-out/civil disobedience at Lincoln Park to protest the law that bans public consumption of marijuana.

Cannabis-loving people from all over the country convened in Denver for what many call the marijuana capital of the world, showing their support for legal marijuana.

“I come to smoke and enjoy being able to live freely,” Dawn Sha Allen said.

Every pot shop is packed, from LivWell on Broadway to MMJ America on Arapahoe Avenue.

“We’re seeing a lot of business,” said Marques Moore, the co-owner of MMJ America. “The festivities bring in a lot of people from out of town.”

And they’re bringing their money right into Colorado dispensaries.

“A lot of people came in from out of town starting on Friday, so straight from the airport to come to MMJ America,” Moore said.

And not only with those who wanted to buy weed, like Allen from Texas.

“I definitely want to move here as soon as possible,” he said. “There are a lot of job opportunities in that field and I feel like if it’s something that you truly love than that’s the field you should be in.”

Solomon Thomas from New Jersey is also considering moving to Colorado.

“I’m a very cannabis-friendly person, hoping to get involved in the industry myself,” Thomas said. “I’d like to know what it’s like to be here and be among these people and really experience it first-hand.”

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