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UK: Dozens of cannabis fans will gather in Bristol parks today for '420'
Euella Jackson, Sophie Prideaux
Friday 20 Apr 2018
Cannabis lovers will gather in Bristol parks today for ‘420’ - the annual celebration of weed and it’s subculture.
The day, marked on the twentieth day of the fourth month, has become an unofficial holiday in Bristol and beyond, known for bringing cannabis fans together at precisely 4:20pm to celebrate the plant.
As a result of the sunny weather forecasts, many will fill Castle Park for a ‘420 gathering’. Although the numbers of how many will be attendance are not yet confirmed, the weather is expected to bring dozens of people out..
The event, seen as an opportunity to celebrate cannabis culture and to peacefully protest for decriminalisation of cannabis, will be led by the Bristol Cannabis Club (BCC) - who have been working in Bristol for some time to legalise the class B drug in the city.
The BCC, who have almost 5000 likes on Facebook, use this day as a means to spread awareness within the city at their public 4/20 gathering, followed by a private event strictly for its members. Although there is concern as to whether some people will use this event as an excuse to openly and freely smoke weed.
A representative from Avon and Somerset Police asserts that there will be no leniency in regards to the self-proclaimed national holiday.
The spokesperson said: “We will always consider the most appropriate action when dealing with drug crime and offenders.
“Anyone caught in possession of cannabis is breaking the law and will be dealt with in one of a number of ways including prosecution, police caution, or offered other intervention such as educational programmes.
“We recognise the harm drugs do not only to those who use them but to communities as a whole and value greatly the intelligence the public give us about suspected cannabis cultivation sites.
“Neighbourhood officers regularly patrol throughout the city and anyone with concerns about drug use or anti-social behaviour is urged to raise them directly with them or call 101.”
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