The Latest: Thousands puff for legal pot at 4/20 parties

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a gathering in San Francisco to celebrate marijuana smoking (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Thousands sent up a cheer and a collective plume of marijuana smoke at the stroke of 4:20 p.m. Wednesday in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

They gathered at the park’s “Hippie Hill” to toke up, eat and drink the afternoon away into the night.

A plane dragging a banner encouraging attendees to “smoke weed” circled overhead, while unlicensed vendors set up tables and makeshift tents to sell all types and strains of bud, not to mention T-shirts, pipes and food.

This year’s celebrations of all things marijuana throughout the U.S. come amid loosening restrictions and increasing tolerance for the plant’s use from Alaska to Massachusetts.

Fans of the drug have long marked April 20 as a day to roll weed or munch on pot-laced brownies and call for increased legal access to it.

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