Jodie Emery, a key organizer behind Vancouver’s 4/20 event, is fighting back against claims the event is not paying its share of costs.
Taxpayers cover the tab for police, road closures and sanitation for the annual smoke-up.
But Emery says the event pays for ambulance and port-a-potties, and does the best it can.
“We, the organizers, tried to find a new venue down town where people could easily accommodate the space without disrupting traffic. In fact, we proposed using the new convention centre plaza and the park next door. Unfortunately, the city would not allow us to proceed.”
As for charging vendors, including commercial medial marijuana dispensaries, for booths, Emery says they ask business owners for donations to participate.
Emery says asking vendors for fees has only caused fights and problems in the past.
She says the focus should be on the benefits of 4/20, like attracting visitors from across the world and injecting money into the local economy, without any of the problems caused by other events like the summer’s Celebration of Light fireworks.
Jodie Emery was speaking to CKNW’s Charmaine de Silva. Listen to the full interview here: