SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – With as many as 15,000 people expected to visit Golden Gate Park on Friday to celebrate the first 4/20 since marijuana became legal in California, city officials are planning on how to deal with the massive crowds.
The fact that recreational pot is now legal in the state is not changing how the city is preparing for the annual event
City leaders are doing what they can to keep the large gathering safe for participants and reduce the disruption for local residents in the area not attending the festivities.
“Love it or hate it, the historic 4/20 festival is not going away,” said SF Board of Supervisors President London Breed. “People from all over the world will continue to visit our fair city for this event and probably will for years to come.”
With 4/20 revelers comes traffic, massive crowds, and the potential damage to city property. At its worst, an estimated 10,000 pounds of trash has been picked up following 4/20 activities one year, all at the cost of taxpayers.
For the second time in a row, the city has partnered with event producer and Haight Street business owner Alex Aquino.
According to Aquino, he and other local merchants have raised about $200,000 this year for 4/20. The funds will cover the cost of erecting chain-linked fence surrounding the event, an increased police presence and 60 additional private security guards, traffic control officers ticketing and towing illegally parked vehicles, 30 portable toilets and extra trash, recycle and compost bins.