Crash Barry was the most popular street vendor in Monument Square on Thursday afternoon.
It helped that he was handing out marijuana, and it was free.
The local writer and marijuana entrepreneur gave out small envelopes of pot after announcing the giveaway on social media. The line formed immediately at noon and seemed to be nearly 100 people deep throughout most of the lunch hour. Each person got one gram of a marijuana strain called Blueberry Euphoria. Barry estimated he handed out about 225 grams of marijuana within an hour.
“We’re doing this because we live in a place where it’s legal to give a gift of marijuana,” Barry shouted, prompting a raucous cheer from the line in front of him.
Barry is a well-known advocate for legal weed, and the event coincided with April 20, or 4/20. The number 420 is a universal code for smoking marijuana, a tradition that began in California when a group of high school friends gathered at 4:20 each day to get high.
The date has become a holiday of sorts, and was celebrated in pot-friendly cities around the country with various events, many of them starting at “high noon” or at 4:20 p.m. In San Francisco, medical marijuana businesses planned a 4:20 p.m. countdown and “bud drop,” raining marijuana instead of confetti. Denver planned to celebrate with concerts and a street festival. Marijuana dispensaries planned block parties in Seattle.
The events were partly celebrations that marijuana is now legal in eight states and Washington, D.C.,