Hundreds of Brits flock to Hyde Park for post-lockdown 4/20 cannabis celebration
Cannabis fans have flocked to London’s Hyde Park to celebrate ‘420’ day.
Hundreds of revellers gathered in the central London spot to mark the annual event on Tuesday, which calls for the Class B drug to be legalised.
Footage from the scene shows crowds gathered in the park, while cannabis users were pictured smoking spliffs and wearing marijuana-patterned clothing.
Some were filmed playing football in the park, while others had picnics.
One social media user claimed the spot was “thronged with people getting baked”.
Another Twitter user claimed the 420 celebrations were in “full swing down Hyde Park”.
But others criticised people for attending during the coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s event had been cancelled as a result of the pandemic, MyLondon reports.
The Metropolitan Police informed organisers officers will be enforcing on the spot £200 fines.
The event takes place on April 20 each year – written as 4/20 in the US – to celebrate marijuana.
Fans usually spark up joints at 4.20pm on the day, with events usually organised around the world to mark the event.
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Thousands of revellers have gathered in Hyde Park in previous years to call for the drug to be legalised.
Police officers were spotted at the scene on Tuesday.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "We are aware of a gathering in Hyde Park. We have a policing plan in place.
"Officers are engaging with those present and encouraging them to comply with current Covid regulations. "
Under the Government’s current lockdown rules, groups of six people or two households can meet in public places.
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The maximum punishment for cannabis possession in the UK is up to five years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Supplying and producing it can land you up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both, according to government guidelines.
According to legend, 4/20 takes its name from a group of Californian high school students who went on a hunt for a cannabis crop in 1971.
The students, who called themselves the Waldos, would meet every day at 4.20pm by a statue of Louis Pasteur to begin searching.
Eventually 4/20 became synonymous with cannabis and the term spread across California.
And it is now associated with campaigning against drug laws.
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