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

A photo of the McNichols Building from the venue's Facebook page.
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. See also: Pot luck -- a marijuana cooking class with Scott Durrah

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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