The four most cannabis-unfriendly events this 4/20 weekend
While 4/20 is celebrated by stoners worldwide, Coloradans do it better than anybody else: A day of unity and political activism where participants can spend their every waking moment consuming cannabis is hard to beat, holiday-wise. But April 20 this year also happens to be Easter Sunday and the fifth night of Passover. While kicking off your private seder with a kush Kiddush, or hunting for medible-stuffed Easter eggs while gorging on Peeps and Cadbury cremes with a group of fellow adult stoners, are both fine ways to celebrate this unique confluence of holidays, most official celebrations this weekend are either religious or kid-centric in nature. As such, there will be no kind of any kind encouraged. While no one can prevent you from attending any of these events under the influence, if you show up red-eyed and reeking, be prepared for askance glances from concerned parents and clergy -- particularly if you keep giggling at the phrase "askance glances."
Ludlow photograph from the Pueblo History Museum
The four most cannabis-unfriendly events this weekend:
4. Hippity-Hop Easter Trot 5K/10K and Kid's Cottontail Fun Run
Stapleton Central Park
9 a.m. Saturday, April 19
The only thing more foolhardy than attempting to run a 10K after a few lungfuls of bong smoke is attempting to run a 10K after a few lungfuls of bong smoke in the company of athletic families celebrating a religious holiday. Don't be the childless weirdo in the crowd or the stoned parent everyone else is secretly judging. Clearly, the target demographic for this event is unlikely to include any wake and bakers. Leave it to Coloradans to take a perfectly fine holiday hostage and force it to go for a run.
3. Red Rocks Easter Sunrise Service
Red Rocks Amphitheater
6 a.m. Sunday, April 20
While Red Rocks concertgoers have enjoyed discreetly toking for generations, and will continue to do so later on April 20 when Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa take the stage, the iconic venue also hosts several events where smoking any weed -- however discreetly -- is frowned-upon at best. Once again this year, worshippers will gather at dawn to let nature do the heavy spirit-lifting and get all churchy about a holiday that's supposed to be about pastel-colored candy and magic mascots. They don't need to deal with any red-eyed interlopers. Fortunately, the sunrise service begins at 6 a.m., which is four hours before any self-respecting pothead would willingly get out of bed.
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