For many Americans, today is simply April 20th. For many others, today is the un-official marijuana holiday and it will be celebrated across the country.
It’s 4/20, and Colorado, as much or more than anywhere, will celebrate across the state.
In Denver, thousands are expected to gather at the annual 4/20 rally held in Civic Center Park. A new group is in charge of the celebration this year. The group said they have hired more than 90 security guards to help control the festivities. Last year’s organizers cam under fire for leaving piles of trash behind in the park.
Despite today’s rain forecast, more than 45 thousand people are expected to attend the event.
In Colorado Springs, a local dispensary is holding a block party where they hope to educate folks on cannabis use.
The "Chronic Boutique" is located on Palmer Park Drive, and will host their first ever 4/20 block party.
At the celebration, there will be a pig roast, vendors, and specialists on hand to answer any questions patrons might have. The dispensary said it is taking a different approach to their party, as cannabis use will not be allowed on site. With the event, the dispensary said they hope to shed light on safe marijuana use and practices.
"We’re focused on the community, on education, and just really getting the word out there that cannabis isn’t such a bad thing, said Mya Boisvert, event organizer. "It brings a lot of economic growth and it also helps with different elements for those who are suffering in their day to day life.”
The event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. at 2727 Palmer Park Drive in Colorado Springs. Cannabis use will NOT be allowed on site.