Competition for turf between two pro-pot activist groups wanting to set up at the Vancouver Art Gallery for what they call the “Cannabis Day” protest, has seen accusations of dirty tricks and even violence between its members.
Stalls associated with the group World Cannabis are dominating the space on the north said of the Art Gallery, and organizer Robert Moore has set up a stage with a sound system as part of the protest-festival.
But the organizer for rival group Cannabis Culture, Jeremiah Vandermeer says it’s when police told them they could set up on the front steps of the art gallery, that things turned ugly.
“We didn’t set up a stage, we were just going to go up the Art Gallery stairs.”
“Well there’s another group of activists who are very aggressive and they actually physically assaulted me twice, one of them ran at me with a rolled-up yoga mat sideways, wacked me in the side of the head, like battering rammed me.”
Vandemeer also strongly denied claims by Moore he had spat on anyone during the confrontation.
VPD say one person has already been arrested and they’ll stay around to stop any further altercations.