No pot in Civic Center Park at 4/20 rally -- but you can raise a glass in McNichols

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A photo of the McNichols Building from the venue's Facebook page.
The city wants to make sure that no one lights up at Civic Center Park this weekend, but you will be able to drink -- as long as you're in the McNichols Building. As our Latest Word blog reported yesterday, Miguel Lopez, organizer of the 4/20 rally, submitted a special-permit liquor-sale request to Denver Arts & Venues, the city department that oversees the McNichols Building. And yes, he recognizes the irony.

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In fact, he says the application for the 4/20 event stated that its purpose was in part to "protest federal prohibition and public-consumption laws."

But while any organization holding an event in McNichols can apply for a liquor-sales permit, even if the permit is granted there is a catch: The drinks can't leave the building. "People can't just get it and go outside. It's in a controlled area," Lopez notes.

You can't light up inside McNichols, either -- there's no smoking of any kind allowed in public buildings, and consuming cannabis in public -- inside or out -- is specifically prohibited by Amendment 64.

That's certain to be discussed by some of the public speakers at this weekend's event. As Lopez points out, "the 4/20 rally opposed Amendment 64 knowing that the [no-public-smoking] regulations would be a problem not just for the rally, but for everybody in general."

Want to drink to that? Head to McNichols this weekend.





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17 comments
mikeloves
mikeloves

Isnt always like this? The Man always trying to ruin our good times

Jeff Bones
Jeff Bones

Someone gets shot last year, so you are going allow alcohol but not marijuana? Makes a lot of sense.

Damen Winslow
Damen Winslow

Haven't attended since 2011. An increasing thug/gangster element has been showing up in recent rallies, which seems to be why last year's shooting happened. Celebrating with a small group of friends is a better idea.

Mica Haesecke
Mica Haesecke

Oh goody...that makes perfect sense...what a joke...If you know anything you know you want a crowd of stoners not a crowd of drunks!!!!

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Whats the point of legalizing if you're going to make all these stupid rules all the time? Why do government employees spend so much time thinking up rules and restrictions instead of shuffling paper around like they're paid to do.

Tunisha Hayward
Tunisha Hayward

That's the dumbest thing ever....REAL POT SMOKERS WILL NOT BE THERE!!!!!!!!!! SO WHEN SOMETHING BAD HAPPENS. AND IT WILL!!! THE DRUNKS CAN MAKE THE COPS HAVE SOMETHING TO DO

Renzo Santistevan
Renzo Santistevan

I believe this is meant to demonstrate that we still do not hold alcohol and marijua to the same extent.

Kathryn Rua
Kathryn Rua

what sense does this make? setting everyone up for DUIs???!?

Sally O'Hare
Sally O'Hare

Awesome, a bunch of drunk people drinking in public is way better than some people smoking weed, give me a break

Nick Runge
Nick Runge

Isn't the law a bitch, you voted for legal pot but, the catch is you can't just smoke where ever you want. This is what we call a win, now quit your complaining.

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