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Police arrest 10 revellers as crowds spill over into Oxford Street 'with a machete seen' after thousands of weed smokers descend on parks around the country on '420 day' to protest against cannabis laws



Police arrest 10 revellers as crowds spill over into Oxford Street 'with a machete seen' after thousands of weed smokers descend on parks around the country on '420 day' to protest against cannabis laws


Police arrested 10 revellers as crowds spilled over into Oxford Street last night after thousands of weed smokers descended on parks across the country to protest against cannabis laws and mark '420' day.

Footage captured dozens of officers using dogs to disperse attendees who had left Hyde Park at around 9pm, with one detective saying some were 'involved in assaults' with a 'machete seen'.

One clip appeared to show a German Shepherd nipping at a man's leg, causing him to fall to the ground as screams and car horns could be heard blaring in the background.

Superintendent Dan Ivey wrote on Twitter: 'This was a proportionate response to a large crowd leaving the park, some involved in assaults, with a machete seen, one knife recovered, along with a knuckle duster. All is now calm. Ten arrests made.'

Revellers were arrested for a range of offences, including possession of class A drugs, possession of class B drugs, possession with intent to supply, offensive weapons, affray and assaulting police. 

A man was also seen being arrested after refusing to throw away his stash and 'reacting angrily' to officers, reported MyLondon

Earlier in the day, clouds of smoke rose above large groups and music boomed from sound systems as attendees took over London's Hyde Park and Woodhouse Moor in Leeds.

One attendee could be spotted grilling meat on a barbecue while a number of stalls were set up selling smoking paraphernalia such as bongs. 

And another person claimed to have spent £650 on a huge joint, saying: 'It took me six hours just to grind up. It cost between £650 and £700. I split it with my mate, we just bought it straight out.' 

Marijuana lovers unite for the rally every year on April 20, the date corresponding to the code name 420, and gather to demand the drug is decriminalised.   

People attend a demonstration to mark '420' day in Hyde Park, central London, on Wednesday afternoon. Clouds of smoke was seen rising above large groups and music heard blaring from sound systems


A man was seen being arrested (above) after refusing to throw away his stash and 'reacting angrily' to Met Police officers, reports MyLondon. Anyone caught with cannabis can be issued a warning or an on-the-spot fine of £90


A woman smokes during a demonstration to mark '420' day in Hyde Park, London. A number of stalls were set up selling smoking paraphernalia such as bongs


Growing, possessing or distributing the Class B drug is against the law, but some councils in the UK don't pursue those who use cannabis for 'personal use'.

While police usually turn a blind eye to the gathering - as long as people remain calm and good-natured - the law states that anyone caught with cannabis can be issued a warning or an on-the-spot fine of £90. 

The annual '420' tradition is said to have started in America because April 20 in the U.S. date format reads as 4/20.

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.


There are drug and cannabis-related rallies worldwide, but Hyde Park is known as the largest in the UK. 

Gardeners from the Royal Park will also have to tidy up the venue in time for a 41-gun salute to mark the birthday of the Queen at midday tomorrow.

Last year - when outdoor gatherings were only permitted for groups of up to six people - cannabis fans flocked to the park despite police warning that £200 fines would be issued for those flouting lockdown rules.

In 2017, 12 people were detained by police at the rally. And the 2015 pro-cannabis rally saw more than 50 people arrested, despite claims from organisers that the event was peaceful. 

A man smokes a huge joint during a rally to mark the informal cannabis holiday in Hyde Park, London, on Wednesday



The term 420 is thought to have been created by a group of high school students looking to arrange a time to meet up, smoke marijuana and search for plot of land grow more of the cannabis plant.

According to High Times, the cannabis magazine, in 1971 five students at the San Rafael High School in California decided to meet every day at 4.20pm to smoke marijuana by the school’s statue of Louis Pasteur. 

The password for the meeting was ‘420 Louis’. The five students called themselves ‘the Waldos’.

The magazine then says the term faded into obscurity only to gloriously be brought back by a connection to the Grateful Dead band, at whose shows mysterious 420 flyers began popping up.

The Waldos insist on their website that they weren't stereotypical stoners, and shouldn't be confused with Spicoli from the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High or comedy duo Cheech and Chong.

It wasn't long before High Times got wind of 420 and started using it in the magazine, officially declaring  the Waldos as the true creators of the term in 1988,

'I started incorporating it into everything we were doing,' High Times editor Steve Hager told the Huffington Post. 'I started doing all these big events — the World Hemp Expo Extravaganza and the Cannabis Cup — and we built everything around 420.

'The publicity that High Times gave it is what made it an international thing,' he added. Until then, it was relatively confined to the Grateful Dead subculture. But we blew it out into an international phenomenon.' 

For decades now, the term 420 has been used in festivals and events, merchandise, store names, and even roommate listings and dating profiles. And of course, April 20 — written 4/20 by Americans — became an unofficial stoner holiday.

In 2017, it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

A Met Police spokesman told MailOnline: 'A total of ten arrests have been made, two arrested from possession of class A, one possession class B, one PWITS, one offensive weapon, one wanted missing x 4, one for possession of knife, two for affray and one for assault police.'




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Nye Stribblebottom, Durham, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago

Legalise it , we waste money chasing pointless laws , remove the criminals who steal electric , blight neighbourhoods and happily upsell to stronger highs , because of these pointless laws the trade is limited to hybrids , strength is king and education is nonexistant , there are many strains that are wanted by users for medicinal purposes but unavailable . Take the crime and gangs out of the loop , treat people like adults and accept people have used cannabis since the begining of time and always will .




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I should have known better but I  read the comments on the Daily Mail site. There were some calls for legalisation but I cherry picked some real gems...use water cannons, crack their skulls, sorry for the police dogs who had to bite their flesh, send them to Rwanda or Ukraine, suspend their NHS DWP Social Care, lock them up for life, euthanise them all, clean this filth off our streets, pathetic creatures.

It sounds like the Daily Mail readers think they are living in Russia. What a rabid bunch.

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The Daily Mail is a purveyor of hate and prejudice, owned and run by overprivileged cunts whose only goal is to keep Boris and his cronies in power (because the owners ARE Boris' cronies, the Eton mob, and Boris and his cronies power is their power) and read by cunts and idiots. Every time I see someone pick one up in Lidl I have to control myself not to spit on them.

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Sounds like me when I do my sarcastic rant now and again. Often if the misses pipes up about some news item that just annoys me. I just go into yeah lock em up, don't let the fuckers vote, benefit scroungers should get even less money coz yellow sticker items are....and on and on i go with the most outrageous shite I can think of to release it all from my head lol . It is usually when she mentions say a news item that is simply there to provoke and where i often just ignore she sometimes asks what i think lol .

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The Mail used to do countdowns to teenage girls 16th birthday (I have no idea if they still do this). How fucking creepy is that ? Imagine if you were to post up on facebook...oh little Tracey from N 16 is 16 on Thursday she is a fine specimen cant wait....I mean you would be battered/prosecuted battered again and then ostracised. But the Mail used to do it all the time. Fucking sicko's imho.

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Can I just state for the record, the best time for weed is from 4:20am, not pm. :yep:


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Can I just state for the record that the best time for weed is whenever you're smoking/vaping/dabbing/eating weed (or however else you are imbibing it) :)


It's always weed o'clock lol

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I was at this with my eldest, cracking day out.


Loads of plod about, periodically wandering through in groups of half a dozen or so or in a minibus driving slowly through, I thought at the time that it's such a good number for them if they don't encounter any issues they'll probably force some, last thing they want is to lose the gig cos they're not really needed.


Getting off the tube was interesting, looking back down the escalator to see it rammed with people heading there filled me with joy :)


Old uns like me were very much in a minority from what I saw, most were under 40 I'd say, the future's bright, the future is green :D

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