Vancouver’s controversial 4/20 smoke up is fast approaching, but one City Councillor says there’s still time to find it a new home.
Green Councillor Adriane Carr is pitching a motion to have the event moved to a non-park city-owned piece of land, and she says there’s time to do it before the April 20 protest.
“Well there is a location that really doesn’t have much around it except the Cambie Street Bridge, it’s on the south false creek area, and it’s got the big Cavalia tent. It’s possible some place on the PNE grounds, not in the park area of course, but that might be another.”
Carr’s move comes after the Park Board denied a permit application for the event at Sunset Beach earlier this month, and she says she agrees with concerns including residents, the condition of the grass, and the city’s no-smoking bylaws.
“I think they’ve got maybe 10,000 people attending in most recent years, and they’re all smoking a doobie.”
She says organizers do have the constitutional right to protest but says the city has the power to step in and reduce the impact of the event.
But organizers with 4/20 say while they’re open to a new home long term with just a month to go, they’ve no plans to shift location for the 2017 event.
“I’m absolutely amenable to finding a new location for 4/20. We had actually had discussions with the PNE about bringing the event there, I think that could be a great solution,” says Dana Larsen.
“But that didn’t work out this year. We’re going to be having it at Sunset Beach this year. That’s what we’ve been planning for the last year and it’s absolutely far too late to change that.”
Larsen says those plans won’t change, regardless of what Council decides.
Carr’s motion goes to council next Tuesday.
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