The city of Vancouver is defending its even-handedness in the wake of a police crackdown a pot protest at the downtown Art Gallery, suggesting there’s no comparing the incident to its handling of 4/20.
“Well, it’s like very much comparing apples to oranges.”
That, from Councillor Kerry Jang, after the camp of pot protesters vowing to “overgrow the government” from the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Police moved in this afternoon, breaking up the camp after two weeks at the site.
Jang says while there were reports of pot being handed out, it was escalating public disorder that forced the city to act.
“This particular camp at the Art Gallery had been going on for two weeks, and over the last number of days was getting quite loud, noisy, disruptive, and was getting to be a real problem in terms of health and safety of the participants.”
Jang says the nighttime music was the key determinant, rather than the marijuana issue… though he says if people are caught handing out free weed at 4/20, they are “talked to” by police.
This year’s 4/20 smoke in cost Vancouver nearly 150-thousand dollars, and drew more complaints than Halloween — Pride — and the Fireworks combined.