Vancouver City Councillor Wants to Identify ‘Appropriate’ Location for 4/20 Rally

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A man smokes during the annual 4/20 cannabis culture celebration at Sunset Beach in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday April 20, 2016.

A Vancouver city councillor has put forward a notice of motion to find an appropriate city location for the annual 4/20 cannabis culture celebration.

In the motion, Green Party Councillor Adriane Carr says the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the fundamental rights of Canadians including freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, which requires the City of Vancouver to accommodate non-violent public protests like the 4/20 event.

The event is the largest annual public protest in Vancouver, which was attended by 25,000 people and cost taxpayers $148,000 last year.

It has historically been held at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG), but having outgrown that location, the organizers selected Sunset Beach Park as the venue for their event in 2016.

The organizers applied for a special event permit to hold the event at Sunset Beach Park again this year.

The application included a request for an exemption to the bylaw that regulates smoking in Vancouver parks.

It was denied by the Vancouver Park Board, but the organizers say they are planning to go ahead with the event at Sunset Beach Park regardless.

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