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More than 5,000 weed smokers flock to Hyde Park for 4/20

Georgia Diebelius

More than 5,000 weed smokers flock to Hyde Park for 4/20
Today in London, around 5,000 people gathered way before the allotted time, and many sparked up suspicious-looking cigarettes. (Picture: SWNS)

Thousands of people flocked to Hyde Park in London this afternoon to smoke weed in the sunshine – in full view of officers.

The annual tradition began in America because their calendar date is 4/20.

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There are many stories behind the significance of the number in stoner culture, but the most common is that 4.20pm is touted as the best time of the day to start smoking the narcotic.

Today in London, around 5,000 people gathered way before the allotted time, and many sparked up suspicious-looking cigarettes.

However despite this, no arrests were made.

420 Cannabis Day Rally In Hyde Park, London
The annual tradition began in America because their calendar date is 4/20. (Picture: André Zuccolo)
420 Cannabis Day Rally In Hyde Park, London
There are many stories behind the significance of the number in stoner culture, but the most common is that 4.20pm is touted as the best time of the day to start smoking the narcotic.(Picture: André Zuccolo)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Vianney Le Caer/REX/Shutterstock (9638106d) Thousands Cannabis enthusiasts gather in Hyde Park for the annual weed day, a.k.a. 420 420 Day, London, UK - 20 Apr 2018
Thousands flooded to Hyde Park. (Picture: REX)
Several thousand cannabis users and those who support them gather in Hyde Park, London for 420 Day a rally to highlight awareness of the plant and its benefits . London, April 20 2018.
Some revellers were seen shirtless, soaking up the sun while enjoying rolled-up cigarettes. (Picture: SWNS)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Vianney Le Caer/REX/Shutterstock (9638106a) Thousands Cannabis enthusiasts gather in Hyde Park for the annual weed day, a.k.a. 420 420 Day, London, UK - 20 Apr 2018
Police praised the crowds. (Picture: REX)

In fact, Scotland Yard praised the well-natured crowd.

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Some revellers were seen shirtless, soaking up the sun while enjoying rolled-up cigarettes.

A Met Police officer on a bike was spotted riding through the sitting crowds – next to people that appear to be smoking items affectionately nicknamed Camberwell Carrots due to their large size and shape.

420 Cannabis Day Rally In Hyde Park, London
These men make the most of the crowd. (Picture: André Zuccolo)
Several thousand cannabis users and those who support them gather in Hyde Park, London for 420 Day a rally to highlight awareness of the plant and its benefits . London, April 20 2018.
Another brought along a hula hoop. (Picture: SWNS)
420 Cannabis Day Rally In Hyde Park, London
This man was in his element. (Picture: André Zuccolo)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Vianney Le Caer/REX/Shutterstock (9638106o) Thousands Cannabis enthusiasts gather in Hyde Park for the annual weed day, a.k.a. 420 420 Day, London, UK - 20 Apr 2018
Two women joined thousands to light up. (Picture: REX)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Vianney Le Caer/REX/Shutterstock (9638106n) Thousands Cannabis enthusiasts gather in Hyde Park for the annual weed day, a.k.a. 420 420 Day, London, UK - 20 Apr 2018
Police added: Our approach to enforcing drug legislation was no different to any other day of the week. (Picture: REX)

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: We were aware of a planned event in Hyde Park.

A proportionate policing plan was in place.

The crowd were well-natured.

He added: Our approach to enforcing drug legislation was no different to any other day of the week.

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