SFPD Expects Fewer Revelers at 4/20 Celebration

SFPD will try to take the spark out of revelers celebrating April 20, an unofficial marijuana celebration day.

Sgt. Ron Meyer of the Park Station told SFist that about 15,000 to 20,000 marijuana enthusiasts gathered on and around Golden Gate Park's "Hippie Hill" last year. He expects between 5,000 and 15,000 people this year since it falls on a weekday and points out that since the city does not recognize the day as a holiday, the city won't pay for cleanup costs, which were estimated to be around $100,000 in 2013.

Cracking down on actual marijuana consumption may prove too pervasive to handle, but Meyer noted that there will be less tolerance for selling food or drinks on the street.

"We're going to attempt this year to deny access to illegal food access, and put a few more people in charge of that," Meyer said.

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