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A Los Angeles pastor uses the traditional pot holiday to attract more to his church while hundreds gather in Denver to smoke ...
pot and celebrate the legalization of marijuana. (April 20)
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AP TELEVISION-AP CLIENTS ONLYLocation: Los Angeles, Calif., 17 April 20141. Pastor Justice Coleman, founder of Freedom Church in Highland Park neighborhood. (NAT SOUND) 2. Wide of church3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Justice Coleman, pastor, Freedom Church: (Transcript below)Location: Denver, 20 April 2014(NATS UP) 4. Wide of 420 Rally showing cloud of smoke rising from the crowd5. Medium of inflatable joint rising to reveal the state Capitol dome. 6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Janae Sutton, 420 Rally, attendee: (Transcript below) 7. Medium of girls doing hula-hoop amid the smoke.8. Tight of plastic marijuana leaf leis being sold. 9. Walk shot of Susie Hilton, 420 Ralley attendee from Minnesota.10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Susie Hilton, 420 Rally, attendee from Minnesota: (Transcript below) 11. Medium of screening line. 12. Tight if purses being checked. 13. Wide shot of smoke rising in front of stage.14. Medium of people taking cell phone pictures of the haze. 15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Bobbi Cook, 420 Rally, attendee:16. Tight of marijuana cigarette and a pipe. 17. Medium of hotel where a student fell to his death. 18. Wide of hotel where student fell to his death.19. Still photo of man accused of shooting his wife in the head. Source: AP20. Medium of group of men smoking marijuana. 21. Tight of man smoking from a glass pipe. VOICE-OVER SCRIPTNATS UPThe traditional pot holiday of April 20th coincides with Easter this year, a fact not lost on this Los Angeles church pastor. SOUNDBITE: (English) Justice Coleman, pastor, Freedom Church: ``Easter fell on 420 and I thought, man, half of my friends, they're going to be doing something else on 420, they're not going to want to come to church.'' So Coleman is using the day to get more congregants to his church with a talk about pot. In Denver… (NATS UP) … legalized pot supporters celebrated the day with a pot festival in the shadow of the the state Capitol. SOUNDBITE: (English) Janae Sutton, 420 Rally, attendee: ``It's so surreal to stand here and look at the sea of and smell all the great smells of everything.'' It's no longer an informal gathering of activists and stoners protesting illegal marijuana. Retail marijuana sales became legal in Colorado this year. And the celebration has gone mainstream. SOUNDBITE: (English) Susie Hilton, 420 Rally, attendee from Minnesota: ``It makes people do illegal things, which is wrong. It should be… I mean, what's wrong with this?'' A shooting that injured two people last year prompted organizers to fence off the park and screen people. And despite a ban on public pot smoking. Hundreds lit up to celebrate. SOUNDBITE: (English) Bobbi Cook, 420 Rally, attendee: ``There are less people rebelling and more people just going along with what they ask us to do. It's a little difference. Taking a little getting used to.'' Colorado is still grappling with the impact of legal marijuana following two recent deaths _ a foreign exchange student who fell from a hotel balcony after consuming a marijuana infused cookie _ and the death of a woman, shot by her husband who possibly ate a pot-infused candy. Advocates of legal marijuana say it's safer than alcohol. And they're celebrating that it too, is legal. Peter Banda, Associated Press, Denver