MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A police presence at a Memphis park didn't deter marijuana smokers from gathering to celebrate an annual counterculture event known as 4/20.
The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/11UAV9V ) the smokers blended in with other visitors to Overton Park on Saturday. It's celebrated on April 20 each year.
Keoka Washington and 9 of her friends were in the park smoking marijuana and keeping a low profile. Washington says she started smoking Saturday at 11 a.m.
Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said police were aware of the significance of 4/20 and were patrolling areas where people gather, like parks.
As a counter response to the day, about 200 parents in Memphis and Millington received free home drug kits to test their children from Rural/Metro Corp. and other organizations.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com