The Vancouver Police Department is downplaying any concerns over whether there’s enough left in their “protest budget” for this year’s 4-20 ‘protestival,’ after recent Trump Tower protests.
Around $100,000 was spent to secure the tower when hundreds protested the hotel’s opening.
Roughly the same went to protecting 20,000-30,000 people who attended last year’s 420 festivities on Sunset Beach.
“We treated the demonstrations and the protests from last week the same as we treated every other one throughout the city,” said Vancouver Police Constable Jason Doucette.
Doucette says the department prepares for protests based on intelligence.
“The people that are involved and what they’re anticipating, we base our numbers off them.”
Police haven’t spoken to organizers of this year’s Sunset Beach 420 event, but Doucette says money is not a concern.
“We will be there to provide a service, it’s all still in the planning phase as well so we don’t know what to expect.”
Organizers of the event are promising to push on despite the denial of their permits.