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10:49 PM, Jan 13, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER - Thousands of marijuana supporters are expected to crowd downtown Denver once again in April for the 4/20 rally.

It could be even bigger now that recreational pot is legal. That's got Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown so concerned; he called a special meeting Monday.

It was chaos at the marijuana festival last year, after guns went off and several people were shot. It's exactly what the city's trying to avoid.

Safety is only one of Brown's concerns about the 4/20 rally. His other concern is that it's an event's at a public park, and smoking in public is illegal.

Brown says now that Amendment 64 has passed, the rally should not be held at a public park.

"Maybe they shouldn't have voted for [Amendment] 64, because that's what the law says," Brown said. After 9NEWS asked Brown where people should hold the rally, he responded by saying, "that's their problem."

Denver Police Chief Robert White says his department has started planning for the rally.

"The planning stages include not just the police but all the other government entities involved," White said.

Miguel Lopez, the chief organizer of the 4/20 rally, said this year there will be wristbands, so police can know who's supposed to be there - and who's not.

Lopez also wants people to remember that when thousands gather for an event, there may be problems whether it's a pot rally or another gathering.

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