After two decades, the 4/20 marijuana protest and celebration won’t be held at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Leading pot activist Jodie Emery says its moving the 20-thousand person strong event to Sunset Beach in the West End.
“This year the Art Gallery won’t be available and we have such an enormous turnout that we want to move to Sunset Beach where people can gather and celebrate cannabis and protest prohibition in an open location that is quite beautiful.
Emery says even though the Liberal government promises to legalize marijuana, there is still a lot to protest in the meantime.
Park Board Chair Sarah-Kirby Yung says the event is unsanctioned and doesn’t have a permit.
“We have a non-smoking bylaw in parks that applies to all Vancouver parks and beaches so clearly this would not meet our criteria.
Emery says organizers will get insurance and security for the event, but won’t pursue a city permit; a bone of contention with civic officials in previous years.
Last year the city of Vancouver said the event cost the city nearly $93,000 in police and service costs.
Organizers say the event came up with $20,000 to help cover the bill, and that vendors chip in to pay for their own security.