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Revelers say 4/20 event not as free-spirited

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the 4/20 marijuana celebrations (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Some revelers on San Francisco’s Hippie Hill are complaining that the 4/20 marijuana celebration was less free-spirited than in the past.

Security checked IDs and turned away people who didn’t have them, leading to angry exchanges.

City officials issued permits for medical services, food sales and security without formally sanctioning the event.

Merchants received permits to provide food trucks, portable toilets and erect a fence around the perimeter.

Joints and pot edibles were sold informally.

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4:50 p.m.

A 4/20 celebration focusing on social justice is underway at a west Oakland, California urban farm.

A DJ played hip-hop and reggae with cannabis themes as guests drank bottles of beer, ate tacos and toasted 4:20 p.m. by lighting up plump joints.

The event was hosted by Hood Incubator, an Oakland nonprofit formed last year to help minority entrepreneurs get a foothold in the legal cannabis industry.

Marijuana is gaining acceptance, but social justice activists want to make sure African Americans and Latinos, who are arrested at higher rates than whites, have a shot at participating in the lucrative industry.

Incubator co-founder Ebele Ifedigbo said Thursday’s event was a space to learn about the upsides of a plant that could help communities of color economically and socially.

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5:30 p.m.

Overcast skies and drizzle didn’t stop several thousand people from gathering at a park near the Colorado Capitol to light up during the 4/20 marijuana celebration.

At 4:20 p.m., pot enthusiasts, many in costume, lit up and sent out a raucous cheer, as well as a cloud of smoke that lingered in the humid air. Rapper 2 Chainz then took the stage.

The annual celebration of cannabis culture is providing activists an opportunity to reflect on how far they’ve come, with the recreational use of marijuana legal now in eight states and the nation’s capital.

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2:20 p.m.

Some hearty stoners opted for a literal high to celebrate the 4/20 holiday outside Los Angeles.

About two dozen people gathered Thursday morning at a trailhead in the Altadena foothills for the inaugural “High’ke,” a 2.5 mile trek that promised joints to everyone who made it to the 5,600-foot peak of Mount Lowe.

Anna Acosta called it a “perfect way” to begin a day. The 49-year-old brought her Chihuahua, Tuxedo, hoping to revel in the “camaraderie of being out in nature” with like-minded people.

Organizer Pedro Velasco hopes to someday quit his telecom sales job and open a dispensary and events-planning company focusing on social marijuana use.

He says he was inspired to become a pot advocate after a dying uncle refused cannabis that might have brought relief during chemotherapy treatments.

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12:35 p.m.

Seven pro-pot activists have been arrested by U.S. Capitol police while handing out free joints to congressional staffers and people who work on Capitol Hill.

The demonstration Thursday was intended as a protest against federal…

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