4/20 Set to Smoke Out Vancouver For Annual Marijuana Event

Organizers are expecting a solid turnout of about 25,000 marijuana smokers and a record number of vendors at Monday’s annual downtown celebration and rally known as 4/20.

“Interest has been very big leading up to the day,” said event coordinator Jeremiah Vandermeer. “Our booths sold out in three days and we had to flex our muscles with the City to get more space.”

Vendors on the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery will be hawking all kinds of marijuana strains, hash and infused edibles, including — new this year — said Vandermeer, marijuana-infused slurpees.

The stalls will be set up in the morning and the crowd usually swells at about 3 p.m., said Vandermeer, adding that thousands of rolled joints will be tossed out for the traditional massive smoke session at 4:20 p.m.

The Vancouver 4/20 event, which was started 21 years ago by activist Marc Emery and his Cannabis Culture group, sees enthusiasts and activists gather to smoke cannabis and call for a loosening of marijuana prohibition laws.

Vandermeer said there is still interest this year because it will mark Emery’s first 4/20 event since being released from a U.S. prison last August. He had been serving a five-year sentence for selling marijuana seeds to American clients.

In past years, organizers have unfurled a large “Free Marc Emery” poster, calling for his release. This year, said Vandermeer, a new backdrop, featuring a “provocative message,” would be unveiled.

– Read the entire article at The Vancouver Sun.