This was pretty easy to overlook given The Week That Was, but there was some sort of marijuana based celebration going on yesterday, marking the date of 4/20. (If you really care why that number is associated with smoking pot, there’s a brief history of it here.) This year was particularly notable for herb enthusiasts in Colorado, where recreational use of the drug by people over the age of 21 was legalized this year. This confluence apparently led to the scheduling of a major rally, music festival and speech making opportunity this weekend. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out to be all peace, love and flowers.
Three people were shot and wounded at a pro-marijuana rally on Saturday, disrupting the first celebration of a symbolic drug culture holiday since Colorado voters legalized the recreational use of pot.
A man and a woman were each shot in the leg and a youth was grazed by a bullet, but the wounds were not life-threatening, Denver police said on Twitter. Officers were looking for two suspects in the shootings, which occurred as the rally was winding down.
“I heard five or six gunshots in quick succession,” said Cole Wagenknecht, 27, who attended the rally at a downtown park near the State Capitol. “That’s why I knew it wasn’t fireworks. Then everybody started to scatter and ran toward one end of the park.”
This is one of those stories with the potential to turn into an entire political circus on its own, with not only drug legalization, but guns, police surveillance, state rights vs federal control… the list goes on. But given the near total lack of facts and details, there’s not much to go on here. They haven’t identified the shooter(s) at this point, so we have no way of knowing if it was some violent supporter of legalization, some opponent looking to attack the hippies, or just a guy who felt he was sold a bag of sub-standard product.
In any event, here’s the video report so you can draw your own conclusions.