Memphis pot smokers mingle with public on 4/20

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (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 nine 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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