High on the Hill: 420 pot smokers converge on Parliament Hill

Friends Abby, Devin, Corey and Adrianna attend the 420 protest at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on...

Friends Abby, Devin, Corey and Adrianna attend the 420 protest at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 20, 2014. (Sarah Taylor/QMI Agency)

Doug Hempstead, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:54 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Sunday afternoon was a time to smoke pot on Parliament Hill, not talk about it.

Thousands of Ottawans did so in earnest as the crisp spring wind carried the tokers' aroma and loose, amplified music down Wellington St.

Organizers of 420 Ottawa "Fill the Hill" were expecting upwards of 10,000 pot smokers and pot smoker-supporters but it appears Easter-related family obligations forced many would-be attendees to give up their Doritos for a ham, at least until a little later in the afternoon.

By 4:20 p.m., the entire lawn was filled.


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"A certain number of young people got the chocolate out of the way in the morning and found a way to get here," said even co-organizer Kyle Sidney.

"I think it's the kind of cause that if people want to find a way to get here, they'll definitely do it. It's something that happens every year and people are really dedicated to it."

 

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