LOOK: Denver’s 420 celebration burns again

Here’s what we saw at Denver’s annual stoner Christmas.

Denver's 2018 Mile High 420 Festival, April 20, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) 420; stoner; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Crowds revel during Lil Jon’s performance at Denver’s 2018 Mile High 420 Festival, April 20, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver celebrated stoner Christmas despite long lines, public consumption tickets written by Denver Police and rains that fell over the huge crowd at Civic Center Park at approximately 4:20 p.m. Friday afternoon.

For most, the 2018 Mile High 420 Festival, which was put on by the Euflora dispensary chain after a convoluted permit battle, went off without a hitch. Here’s a look at what we saw:


Decriminalize marijuana at the federal level? Colorado officials react to Schumer announcement

Sen. Gardner has his own marijuana legislation coming soon. Mayor Hancock hopes the country can follow Denver’s lead. Here’s what other Colorado elected officials are saying.

U.S. Senator Cory Gardner. The 2018 Republican State Assembly on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder, April 14, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) copolitics; boulder; colorado; election; politics; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
U.S. Senator Cory Gardner. The 2018 Republican State Assembly on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder, April 14, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday announced a plan to decriminalize cannabis at the federal level, sparking a mixture of reactions among Colorado legislators and elected officials.


Americans reflect on pros, cons of legal pot ahead of 420

“It’s a celebration, and we still have work to do. The war on drugs has not ended; the negative impact on communities of color has not ended.”

Verde Natural master grower Cassandra Maffey inspects mature marijuana plants in a grow room. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) marijuana; pot; weed; verde natural; tommy chong; grow; agriculture; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Verde Natural master grower Cassandra Maffey inspects mature marijuana plants in a grow room. (Kevin J. Beaty)

By The Associated Press

America’s marijuana supporters have a lot to celebrate on this 420 holiday: Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to a national advocacy group.

Nine of those states and Washington, D.C., also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could become the 10th state with its ballot initiative this year.

Yet cannabis remains illegal under federal law, and it still has many opponents.

Here’s a look at what some advocates and critics have to say about the state of marijuana in the U.S. today:


Lying liars are lying: Colorado McDonald’s franchises not converting play areas into pot-smoking centers

The fast-food company said there is no truth to a report on social media.

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An old-school McDonald’s, Colfax and Kingston. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By  The Associated Press

McDonald’s PlayPlaces aren’t becoming pot places, not even in Colorado, the first state with legal recreational marijuana sales.

The fast-food company said there is no truth to a report on social media that 15 restaurants in the state have transformed or plan to transform play areas into pot-smoking centers.