Violence erupts at marijuana day festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 

It was a stoned cold assault.

A 47-year-old woman was bashed over the head with a portable radio and threatened to be killed in a dispute with two other women over space to sit at a National Marijuana Day celebration in Golden Gate Park Wednesday, San Francisco police said.

Police responded to the fight at Sharon Meadow, also known as Hippie Hill, around 10:15 a.m. The park was packed with revelers celebrating National Marijuana Day, which occurs annually on April 20.

The victim told cops she got into a dispute with two women while trying to claim a space in the park during the event. One of the women struck her over the head with a portable radio, while the other threatened to kill her, police Capt. Denis O’Leary said.

The woman was not seriously hurt, but she was quite upset, O’Leary said.

A 24-year-old Citrus Heights woman was later arrested for making felony threats, police said. The woman suspected of assaulting the victim with the portable radio fled before cops arrived, police said.

Police and fire personnel were busier than usual at this year’s pot celebration, O’Leary said.

“There were many medical calls,” O’Leary said, adding that some were due to revelers’ “altered mental states.”

There were also more “entrepreneurs,” or, in other words, drug dealers, at this year’s event, O’Leary said.

“It had a different tone than last year,” he said.

The so-called 420 celebration, a national day for pot smoking, is a counterculture event celebrated nationwide. National marijuana magazine High Times referred to the day as the Highest Holiday.

There are many myths behind why the holiday is called 420 and is celebrated on April 20.

High Times editor Steven Hager has said that 420 began at San Rafael High School in 1971, when about a dozen pot-smokers would meet daily to smoke at 4:20 p.m. To be discreet, they used the term 420 as a secret code when chatting to each other about when it was time to smoke pot.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

 

 

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