Memphis pot smokers mingle with public on 4/20

Memphis pot smokers mingle with public on 4/20

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MEMPHIS (AP) - A police presence at a Memphis park didn't deter marijuana smokers from gathering to celebrate an annual counterculture event known as 4/20.

The Commercial Appeal reports the smokers blended in with other visitors to Overton Park on Saturday. It's celebrated on April 20 each year.

Keoka Washington and 9 of her friends were in the park smoking marijuana and keeping a low profile. Washington says she started smoking Saturday at 11 a.m.

Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said police were aware of the significance of 4/20 and were patrolling areas where people gather, like parks.

As a counter response to the day, about 200 parents in Memphis and Millington received free home drug kits to test their children from Rural/Metro Corp. and other organizations.

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