It looks like the annual 420 event pot protest may well live on, even after the Trudeau government legalizes marijuana.
“Protest” organizer Jodie Emery spoke to CKNW’s Lynda Steele.
“So let’s break this down: when marijuana is legalized, does 420 cease to exist?”
“I think there would probably be some celebration of it, similar to how gay pride used to be a protest, and now it’s a celebration and I consider our event a protest against prohibition and a celebration of cannabis”.
420 organizers non-committal on carding attendees
Emery would not commit to carding attendees to ensure marijuana isn’t being sold to kids.
She says carding people is unreasonable, but they are doing what they can to make the event safe.
“We’re doing everything possible. We’re telling them not to sell, we’re telling young people not to buy, we’re having a very strong presence of volunteers”
The Vancouver School Board has issued a reminder to students that 420 is not an opportunity to take a day off from school.
Substance Use Health Promotion manager Art Steinmann issued a statement saying “schools report a number of students who either leave school to attend the ‘420’ gathering, or use ‘420’ as an excuse not to attend school that day, and for many reasons VSB does not condone students participating in the 420 event.”
This year’s 420 event is going to take place at Sunset Beach on Wednesday.