San Francisco gets ready for 4/20 festival at Golden Gate Park


Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That’s the numerical code for marijuana’s high holiday, a homage to pot’s enduring appeal and universal slang for smoking.

Festivities are planned throughout the Bay Area, culminating with a synchronized smoke at 4:20 p.m.

San Francisco city officials anticipate around 15,000 people will invade Robin Williams Meadow at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to celebrate the big pot holiday. 

This is the first high holiday since Prop 64 took effect, which legalized recreational marijuana for adults in California. 

At a news conference Wednesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors put a positive spin on the occasion. 

“One of our favorite days of the year in San Francisco.”

But that depends on who you talk to.

As Board of Supervisors President Breed herself went on to detail, the celebrations have led to ‘horrific traffic, overwhelmed residential streets, public urination, and damage to public and private property.’

And tons of trash. 

This year, a Haight Street merchant will again help sponsor and produce the event. This idea debuted last year and worked ‘pretty well.’ 

It means that there will be more clean-up, vendors, porta-potties, better fencing, and security.

“There will be no tents, canopies, tables or other structures. No unpermitted vendors will be allowed inside or outside the area. No coolers larger than 9 by 12. No barbecues or cooking equipment whatsover…no amplified sound equipment.”

Also, no drones, glass, weapons and absolutely no kids.



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