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With pot legal, fest going mainstream

Organizers of Denver’s annual April 20 marijuana festival on Wednesday announced that rapper B.o.B and singer Wyclef Jean will headline the event as they try to draw a big post-legalization crowd and shake the memory of last year’s event, which was marred by a still-unsolved shooting.

Reflecting the changes in Colorado since voters legalized the recreational use of the drug in 2012, organizers are trying to make the event less of an ad hoc political rally and more of an organized festival. Organizers have hired a professional event-management firm. They also are fencing the perimeter of the park in front of the state Capitol where the event occurs, relying on private security to screen entrants and are announcing acts ahead of time rather than handing over the mic to musicians who happen by.

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