Vancouver Park Board Fuming Over 4/20 Pot Protest Move to Non-Smoking Beach

Organizers of the annual 4/20 pot protest in Vancouver have plans to move it to Sunset Beach from the Vancouver Art Gallery this year. But the idea of thousands of demonstrators lighting up on a no smoking beach doesn’t sit well with the park board.

Park board chair Sarah Kirby-Yung said Saturday they are drafting a letter to Mayor Gregor Robertson outlining their concerns, specifically that demonstrators will violate the city’s smoking bylaws, block popular amenities in the area such as the seawall, the Aquatic Centre, and a nearby daycare for children. There’s also worry the park may be damaged, and safety fears over the proximity of the event to the water.

“The board feels very strongly that this is not an appropriate site for this event,” she said, adding that the city made recommendations to 4/20 organizers without proper consultation with the park board, which has jurisdiction of Sunset Beach. “Given the nature of this event it wouldn’t qualify for a permit.”

– Read the entire article at The Vancouver Sun.