CANNABIS CULTURE – Downtown Vancouver will be buzzing with activity this April 20 when thousands of marijuana-lovers gather at the Vancouver Art Gallery for 4/20 2015, a celebration of cannabis and a protest against Canada’s War on Drugs.
Organizers expect record high crowds at the annual gathering, which in recent years has attracted an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people.
Vancouver’s 4/20 celebration has been home to the world’s only open-air cannabis farmers market, where local police help activists shut down the streets while marijuana vendors set up more than 200 booths selling a rainbow of cannabis products for recreational and medical purposes.
This year’s event will feature two stages with live bands and DJs, and speeches from activists like Jodie Emery, Dana Larsen, John Conroy and other marijuana freedom-fighters.
This year marks the return of Vancouver’s Prince of Pot, Marc Emery, who spent the last five years in a US prison for selling marijuana seeds and using the money to fund legalization activism in Canada and around the world.
After negotiations with the city, 4/20 Vancouver organizers have for the first time secured the closing of Robson Street as well as the regularly-closed Howe Street.
“Four-Twenty is going to be bigger than ever this year with the return of Marc Emery and the growing interest in reforming North America’s marijuana laws,” event organizer Jeremiah Vandermeer said. “We’ll been working closely with city officials and police to close roads and ensure a safe and peaceful event.”
Vancouver was the first city in the world to host a 4/20 celebration in 1995, when activists working for Emery came up with the plan and held the first event in (Hemp For) Victory Square Park. The celebration is now held across North America and in places around the world. Click here for a list of Canadian 4/20 2015 locations.
Organizers plan to give away thousands of joints to the crowd, as well as five Sublimator vaporizers (with a cash value of over $5000) and many other prizes.
Visit www.420Vancouver.com for more information on this year’s event.