by David Downs
Gather tens of thousands of Americans anywhere and it seems like they can't avoid bringing their guns, preying upon one another, and leaving a trail of filth in their wake. Now, marijuana smokers have officially joined the mainstream in that regard.
An estimated 80,000 folks gathered at Denver Civic Center Saturday for a 4:20 p.m. session, only to have it marred by gunfire at 4:40 p.m. Two were shot in the legs and a third was grazed by a bullet. The suspects are still at large and police want this guy for questioning.
Watch the super-scary video, which reminds us of why we don't like large crowds of people anymore.
In San Francisco, an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 ascended Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park, leaving behind in their wake about $10,000 worth of cleanup for the San Francisco Rec and Parks District. SFPD reported one robbery at the event, as well as several medical emergencies related to consuming alcohol and marijuana under the hot sun.
Other parties seemed less of a black eye for potheads. In Santa Cruz, police confiscated a two-pound joint — that's pound — but everything seemed fine.
Students at Cal were left wondering how they could have been upstaged by Santa Cruz.
Thankfully, Seattle stoners managed to keep their act together. "Our culture’s great collective marijuana fear was realized last night in Seattle … and nothing happened. No federals. No mayhem. No protests or arrests … no melee … just a carnival like atmosphere with stage shows, games and venders and pot."
We hit up Cannabis Buyers Club in Berkeley and The Green Door Saturday and the vibes could not have been more peaceful and positive. Look for the full review Wednesday in the Express.