Denver Parks and Recreation issues permit for 4/20 marijuana fest

April 11, 2014

Photo: Marijuana in Colorado 5There will be high times in Denver on April 20 after the city's parks department is giving the official OK to organizers of this year's 4/20 marijuana celebration.

Parks spokesman Jeff Green says Denver Parks and Recreation issued a festival permit to use Civic Center Park on April 19-20. Green says origanizors agreed to signage outlining the rules: no driving high, no passing marijuana to minors, and no public smoking.

"It’s in the permit requirements that they’ve agreed to: not promote it or encourage it," says Green.

The festival is expected to draw tens of thousands of people, who will likely violate the law. 

Denver police say they will focus on ensuring safety rather than issuing mass-citations for public consumption.

Organizers did not return CPR's requests for comment.

Colorado lawmakers have started work on two hot-button marijuana measures in the final weeks of this year's legislative session.

One bill would lower possession limits for concentrated forms of marijuana such as hash oil. Currently, Colorado adults are allowed to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, no matter if it is leafy flowers or concentrated oils. But in its concentrated form, an ounce of pot has more servings than in its plant form.

Another bill would broaden a ban on certain types of edibles to include products that mimic other foods or candies. Some marijuana activists fear the bill could ban any type of edible pot.

Lawmakers heard testimony on both bills on Thursday, but a vote won't happen until next week.