Public pot consumption is nonetheless illegal in Colorado, but thousands of cannabis customers never look to care about that when April 20 rolls about. The outcome is typically dozens of four/20 citations, specifically at Civic Center Park, exactly where a rally or festival has been held on that date for effectively more than a decade.
But according to the Denver Police Division, this year was quite tame, with DPD officers handing out roughly 33 citations and producing seven cannabis-connected arrests about the city on Saturday, April 20, according to DPD spokesman Sonny Jackson. In 2018, DPD officers issued 72 citations and issued at least a single felony charge throughout the four/20 festival at Civic Center, 64 of these citations have been for public cannabis consumption.
According to a Denver Post short article, all of this year’s pot citations have been handed out at the Fly Hi 420 Festival at Civic Center, but Jackson could not confirm that to Westword. Even if that is correct, it implies that cannabis-connected citations and arrests at Civic Center Park dropped by half from 2018 — but judging from what our photographer gathered throughout the occasion, there was no correlating drop in cannabis use.
Final year also saw DPD officers hand out consumption citations at a private cannabis club and the Cheba Hut on East Colfax Avenue Cheba Hut was also disciplined by the Denver Division of Excise and Licenses more than the matter.
When a lot of private pot-friendly events took location about Denver on this April 20, we have not located any reports of police activity at any of them. That statistic would spit in the face of tradition if it holds up, as City of Denver officials or DPD officers typically spend a contact on at least a single or two four/20 events each year.
This four/20, Denver was also property to two licensed cannabis consumption venues…double the a single we had in 2018.