Potheads leave behind 22,000 lb of trash at ‘420 celebration’ in San Francisco

Potheads leave behind 22,000 lb of trash at ‘420 celebration’ in San Francisco
Thousands light up in Golden Gate Park. (Image: Screen grab of video via Twitter, @CornellBarnard)

[Ed. – If you’ve heard that it was 10,000, you’re behind the 8-ball.  ABC has the updated total.]

It cost $25,000 to clean up 11 tons of garbage in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park after cannabis enthusiasts swarmed there Wednesday for an impromptu festival celebrating pot.

The gathering is held annually because the time 4:20 — a.m. or p.m. — has been associated with smoking marijuana since the 1970s and the date April 20 has become a counterculture holiday. …

While the gathering is largely peaceful — San Francisco police reported only eight arrests — every year the smokers leave behind thousands of pounds of trash, according to San Francisco Recreation and Park Department spokesman Joey Kahn. …

Kahn said this year’s waste total was 22,000 pounds of garbage and the city spent $20,000 on labor cleaning the park up Wednesday evening and this morning.

The parks department also spent $3,500 on materials and supplies like portable toilets and $1,500 on dump fees, Kahn said. Those figures don’t include costs incurred by other city agencies such as the police or public works.

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