Vancouver pot activist David Malmo-Levine and his allies have launched a unique new project that has become a must-do for tourists and locals alike. Their Drug War History Tour is a fun and informative guide to the unique drug culture events that took place in the city now so pot-friendly it’s been nicknamed “Vansterdam.”
During the hour-long walking tour throughout the city’s downtown core, Malmo-Levine regales his audience with fascinating tales from Vancouver’s past, revealing the hidden history lying beneath their feet. From opium dens to injection sites, from police riots to the pot block, the tour covers over a century of Vancouver’s colorful drug war history.
Vancouver has long been a central point for global pot culture, and many pivotal events in the marijuana movement took place on its streets. Some tour highlights include the 1971 “Grasstown” police riot, secret underground tunnels leading to hidden opium dens, the location of Vancouver’s first saloon, a behind the scenes history of the smokin’ “pot block,” and the spot where Tommy Chong gave a young Jimi Hendrix his first big break.
The Drug War History Tour is a project of the “Herb School” located on Vancouver’s Hastings street. The school is also developing other public education programs, including “grow classes” focused on organic home cultivation of cannabis and other medicinal herbs.
The Drug War History Tour begins in Vancouver’s Victory Square every Tuesday and Sunday at 3pm. The charge for the tour is a suggested donation of $3 to $30, but no one is turned away.
? Take the Drug War History Tour on Pot-TV: pot.tv/archive/shows/pottvshowse-3308.html
? Drug War History Tour: 604-842-7790