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Thousands Expected At San Francisco's 4/20 Party

Jeff Chiu / File / AP

FILE - In this April 20, 2009 file photo, a large crowd cheers as the time reaches 4:20 p.m. on Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

Jeff Chiu / File / AP

(AP) - Thousands of people are expected to descend on San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to smoke pot for the annual 4/20 celebration, the unofficial marijuana holiday that some say has its roots in the Bay Area.

Officials say there will be more police, park rangers, fire and transportation officials on scene this year to make sure the cannabis holiday is a safe experience for everyone celebrating in the park's Hippie Hill on Wednesday.

This could be the last year recreational marijuana users have to call for increased legal access to pot in California, where medical marijuana was approved by voters in 1996.

A pot legalization initiative is likely to be on the November ballot in California. Voters in Nevada, Arizona and Massachusetts are also expected to consider marijuana legalization measures.

Recreational use is legal in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska.