Up to 1,000 Attend Marijuana Rally at Denver's Civic Center

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Denver (AP) As many as 1,000 marijuana smokers lit up at Denver's Civic Center Park as police on horses and motorcycles looked on during a nationwide annual celebration of the drug.

Denver police say they arrested only one person during the rally, held on April 20 each year across the country by marijuana revelers.

Police Spokesman Sonny Jackson says officers were at the civic center Sunday to ensure public safety.

Hip-hop music played from a stage as smokers passed around joints. Jackson says the people at the gathering seemed “relatively subdued.”

Event participants say the gathering is a way to protest laws against marijuana.

Colorado voters legalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana in 2006 but smoking it is still illegal.