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Thousands of cannabis smokers ignore police demands and light up in London’s Hyde Park for ‘420 day’ in campaign to legalise the drug

THOUSANDS of cannabis smokers lit up in London’s Hyde Park today – despite police warnings against smoking in the park.

Smokers congregated for the annual “weed-smoking” day today in a campaign to legalise the drug.

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Smokers congregated in Hyde Park today for the annual ‘weed-smoking’ day
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A woman appears to be arrested in Hyde Park as groups gather to smoke weed
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Another woman smokes a joint in Hyde Park
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The protest is held annually on April 20th, because the date is 420 – known as the “perfect” time to spark up a joint.

Weed-lovers risked arrest by rolling up at the event – despite explicit warnings from police.

Construction worker James Adams, 24, came straight after work and was still wearing his hi-vis jacket.


The Wandsworth resident said: “I’m here to smoke a bit of bud. It’s nice bud here.
“It’s all about love and peace. Everyone’s happy. Once people start fighting then you can say it’s bad but it’s not.
“It’s calm, cool, relaxed. Everyone’s in a good vibe.
“It’s so different compared to other drugs. If everyone was taking coke there would have to be a stage and pumping music and people would be here until the morning.”

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A man lights up a pipe of weed in London’s Hyde Park
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A reveller dressed in marijuana-themed clothes soaks up the sunshine
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One man blows out smoke as he relaxes on the grass
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Pal Yusuf Mohammed, 28, added: “I don’t smoke anymore but I’m here. It’s love and peace and I wanted to come and see it.
“This is the first time we’ve come to the event. We’ve had some laughs and met some nice people. I might have one while I’m here.”

Another smoker, who did not want to be named, said he thought 3,000 people had attended.

Before the event the Met Police tweeted: “A reminder for those attending the rally at #HydePark today, officers will be enforcing drugs legislation #420.”

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A man lights up a bong in Hyde Park today
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A number of people brought bongs with them to celebrate ‘weed day’
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Crowds gather for 4.20 in Hyde Park
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But this did not stop smokers, such as Peter, 28, who says weed should be legalised as “it does way more good than harm in the States”.

“Weed day” takes place on April 20 and fans of the drug spark up at 4.20pm.

The origins of this tradition are unclear but some claim it comes from California in the 1970s where a group of teenagers would meet up to smoke week at 4.20pm.

Others claim 420 is the penal code used by Californian Police when dealing with marijuana use.


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