Event Organizers Cancel Denver 420 Fest

Event Organizers Cancel Denver 420 Fest

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On March 17, 2017, event organizers behind the Denver 420 Fest, a two-day cannabis festival, announced that the event has been canceled.

Scheduled to take place in Cheesman Park on April 20-21, the upstart event was poised to run counter to the larger, and older, Denver 420 Rally, which recently announced 2 Chainz as its headliner.

According to a message on the event’s website, the Denver 420 Fest was canceled due to “ridiculous” requirements set in place by the city.

“We met all of the requirements from the city…. and they ‘invented’ more that were not part of the normal policies,” read the note. “Due to the last minute additions that were placed on us we cannot meet the ridiculous requirements of the Denver city Parks and Denver PD.”

According to The Denver Post, the last minute changes were put in place after the park advocacy group Friends and Neighbors for Cheesman Park sent a letter to its group members and city officials rebuking the event.

The purported changes set forth by the city included requiring event organizers to submit plans for sanitation, security, parking, noise mitigation and transportation. Organizers would also have been required to clearly communicate to attendees that public consumption was not allowed.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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