Vancouver’s 4/20 Organizer Vows to go Ahead Without Permit

Article by CBC News

Last year, the 4/20 rally was moved from its regular spot in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery to Sunset Beach. Event is in its 23rd year according to organizer Dana Larsen

An organizer with Vancouver’s 4/20 event has vowed to go ahead with it, even though the Vancouver Park Board voted against granting the organizers a special permit.

On CBC’s The Early Edition, activist Dana Larsen said the pro-marijuana celebration would go ahead on Sunset Beach.

“Look, we’ve been putting on 4/20 in the city for 22 years. This will be the 23rd year we’re doing it,” he said.

“We’ve applied for permits many times and normally they just ignore us.This is the first time anyone has even considered giving us a permit.”

Vancouver Park Board commissioner John Coupar said the board voted against granting the permit due to the significant costs of managing the event, reluctance to break the smoking bylaw in effect in city parks, and what he described as a lack of respect for the park board’s jurisdiction.

“There’s a lot of things that are swirling around here and one is the complete lack of respect for the jurisdiction of the Vancouver Park Board and our role is to protect our parks. It’s very hard for our commissioners to say OK, you can do it,” he said.

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