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‘The World’s Fastest Stoner’

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Chris Barnicle, “The World’s Fastest Stoner,” smokes a celebratory joint after winning the 420 Games in Santa Monica.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Chris Barnicle

Chris Barnicle, winner of 420 Games, jumps the finish line in excitement. The fun run, held in Santa Monica, is part of a larger effort to dispel the “lazy stoner” stereotype.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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Runners get into formation for the event. Marijuana advocates are pushing for a November ballot measure that would make the Golden State the fifth in the U.S. to legalize recreational pot use.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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Chris Barnicle, the “World’s Fastest Stoner,” stretches his limbs before the race.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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Othello sports a scarf decorated with marijuana leaves at the 420 Games. Although individual states continue to relax their marijuana laws, the rules governing pot use are unlikely to change in professional sports unless cannabis is legalized across the country, experts say. 

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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A participant wears marijuana-themed socks.

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