Vancouver Seeks New Home for Annual 4/20 Marijuana Rally

The hunt is on for a new location for Vancouver’s 4/20 marijuana rally, starting in 2018.

Vancouver Councillor Adriane Carr is expected to introduce a motion Wednesday asking staff to find an appropriate non-residential site for the city’s largest cannabis rally, which draws more than 10,000 people annually and cost taxpayers $148,000 last year.

“The event is not going away,” said Carr. “For public safety and to ensure taxpayers aren’t burdened with costs of this event, it needs to be permitted, and it looks like the city has to take the lead.”

The unsanctioned event was at the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza beginning in 1995 until last year, when renovation work forced its move to Sunset Beach park, much to the frustration of West End residents who objected to the noise, smell and traffic congestion caused by the daylong festival.

Earlier this month, the Vancouver park board rejected a permit application by organizers to hold...

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