We are finally learning how much it cost taxpayers in Vancouver to hold last April’s 4/20 marijuana smoke-up at the art gallery.
The final tally is $93,000: $52,000 for policing, $26,000 for firefighters, $10,000 went to porta-potties and other sanitation costs, and $4,500 went to traffic control.
Event organizers don’t even bother to apply for a licence to hold the annual event.
With this years presence of food trucks, music, and other vendors other groups in the city cried foul noting they would have to apply for a licence and shell out big bucks to hold a similar festival.
But city manager Penny Ballem it’s time for organizers to pony up.
“We’re not prepared to absorb those costs. We’ve asked them to come in and work through it and go through the all the processes we put everyone else through. And, you know, if we have the capacity and they’re aligned then, you know, we try and be pretty flexible about people who want to have events in the city.”
At this year’s event, 63 people ended up in St Paul’s Hospital emergency room.
Half of them were under 23 years old and most were sick after eating marijuana in edibles being sold at the event.