record number (at least by my rough head count) of people showed up to Hyde Park in London from across the country yesterday for the annual 420 event, celebrating marijuana use and protesting its continued illegality in the UK.
The park’s Speaker’s Corner was strewn with participants, lying down in groups to blaze, chat and listen to music.
A cloud of smoke could be seen 100m away and the scent wafted much further, the event appearing like a festival but without any actual stages or attractions.
There were no policing mishaps like last year (when a police horse ran into a crowd), but there was still a strong police presence, with officers mostly just standing at the fringes and spectating, the numbers of people breaking the law in the park being too vast for them to do anything about.
– Read the entire article at Independent News.