Article by Simon Little, Global News.
There are just over two months left until Vancouver’s annual 4/20 smoke-in, and the perennial debate over the controversial “protestival” is already heating up.
Newly elected Non-Partisan Association (NPA) Vancouver Park Board commissioner Tricia Barker says she wants to see pot sales stopped at the event.
“One of things we’re looking at is having the Vancouver Park Board staff explore options available to stop the sale of cannabis and cannabis-related products,” she said.
“That’s in line with the new legal framework that we’re now working under since Oct. 17. Since those new laws have come into play, that’s going to impact the event on 4/20.”
Barker is also asking the board to send a letter to Vancouver’s mayor and council asking them to find a way to move the event from Sunset Beach by 2020.
The park board has resisted granting a permit to the event since it moved to Sunset Beach from the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2016.
The board cites a violation of its bylaw prohibiting smoking in parks, disruption to West End residents and damage to the park as reasons the event is inappropriate.
“The local residents around there, they have to deal with the air quality problem, the noise, the traffic disruption. We close down the aquatic centre and we close down the seawall, we close down the concession stand,” said Barker.