Over the past two decades, 4/20 grew into a major holiday in Denver — until the pandemic put it on pause. On April 20 of 2021, there was again no big celebration in Civic Center Park, though there were online bashes.
What's the future of 4/20 in Denver? Thomas Mitchell asked that question of four people intrinsically involved in the history of the plant in Colorado, from the movement to legalize marijuana to cultivating the cannabis industry today.
And in their comments on the Westword Facebook post of the story, readers offer some ideas of their own. Says Craig:
We have several "drinking holidays," including St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo. I see no real issue with having a "smoking holiday."
4/20 isn't counterculture anymore. Let it go.
Even when 420 is bad, it's good.
Be an adult and realize every day is 4/20 in our state. Grow up.
I hope all the revenue gets out to good use around the state
How come no one gets this excited about other plants?
And notes Toby:
Happy 4/20! The computer systems at all the dispensaries just crashed.
Yes, in addition to those online bashes, there were long lines outside Denver dispensaries when a software system went down.
Better luck next year! What would you like to see happen on 4/20 in 2022? Post a comment or share your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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