Nearly 20,000 flock to San Francisco's Hippie Hill on 4/20

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Nearly 20,000 flock to San Francisco's Hippie Hill on 4/20

The 4/20 annual ritual in San Francisco has new meaning now that recreational weed is legal in the state. (KGO-TV)

The day 4/20 is an annual tradition that draws thousands of people to Golden Gate Park's Hippie Hill to celebrate all things cannabis.

This year is no different since it's the first time sales of recreational weed are legal.

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Rolling a joint and lighting it up is the norm on 4/20. "Everyone sparks it up," said Eric Polk of Sacramento. He's been coming to Hippie Hill the past few years.

The ritual that has new meaning now that the sale recreational weed is legal in the state.

In the crowd of nearly 20,000 people, you'll find those who've been coming for years as well as first timers. "We're just here for the good vibes, nice weather, day in the city," said Kristen from Walnut Creek.

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Since 4/20 fell on a Friday this year, event organizers expect to surpass last year's attendance of at least 15,000 people. "We doubled up security. We beefed up our cleaning crew," said organizer Alex Aquino.

The event hasn't gone off completely without a hitch. At least half a dozen people were taken by ambulance as they required medical attention.

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SFPD is looking into fentanyl as the possible cause of several medical emergencies after at least 12 people were transported to the hospital during 4/20 in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.



SKY 7 was over the scene as paramedics assisted two people in the middle of a large crowd. Most of them were responsive as they were being carried out.

Despite these issues, people say the event is more organized. "Everything is more organized, there's actually gating around the area of the festival, that's a little different," said Polk.

Once the smoke clears the air, the massive cleanup will get underway and the party will be over.

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