Local Pot Shops Prepare For 420

As of Saturday night, 25 people had been ticketed during Denver's 420 festival. This year's celebration is expected to be the largest in state history.

April 20th or 420 has been an unofficial holiday in cannabis culture for decades. Most everyone I talked to agreed that the legalization of marijuana will most likely make Sunday’s celebration the largest ever.

"It's a first legal 420 where you can go and buy weed legally and celebrate 420," Mike Stetler said.

Stetler is the owner of Marisol Therapeutics in Pueblo West. They've been non-stop selling pot for several days and he compared this year's 420 to a holiday.

"It's going to be something like Cinco de Mayo or Christmas, and it's going to be our holiday," Stetler said.

People we talked to told us they're also excited about being able to smoke and consume weed without the fear of prosecution.

“I think that it's great that we all were able to vote and decide and I definitely think that it's brought a lot of the people who wouldn't be, out to celebrate,” customer Angela Anaya said.

Traditionally in Colorado the University Of Colorado campus in Boulder gets packed in with people, but this year, Denver is going all out with a 420 festival.

"Everybody's all happy about it because it's legal now and everybody's excited about it," customer Valeri Gonzales said.

"We fought this for so long and everything and now it's mainstream here in Colorado," Stetler said.

People who want to buy pot have to be 21-years-old and have a valid Colorado ID. They'll be able to buy one ounce of pot. People from out of state also need to have a valid ID, but they can only buy a quarter of an ounce.

Earlier this year, Manitou springs city council approved the sale of recreational marijuana in the city. They are the first town in El Paso County to allow the sale.