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Fate of Vancouver's 4/20 festivities up for debate

Last Updated Feb 11, 2019 at 9:23 pm PDT

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The Park Board debated a motion to move the event at a meeting Feb. 11

Tricia Barker, a Park Board commissioner, says the park board has never actually given a permit to the event

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A motion to look for a new location for Vancouver’s 4/20 celebrations was approved Feb. 11 at a meeting of the Park Board.

Every year on April 20, hundreds of cannabis users gather at Sunset Beach in Vancouver to light up.

Tricia Barker, a Park Board commissioner, says the park board has never actually given a permit to the Vancouver 4/20 event organizers, but the event has gone ahead anyway, year after year.

She put forward a motion to not only move the event, but also to make sure cannabis isn’t sold or smoked in parks.

Barker says everyone should be following the rules, and it’s against city bylaws to smoke in parks.

“It’s not only the smoke, but it’s the fire hazards and all these reasons that we don’t allow smoking in parks,” Barker says. “And that’s the number one concern, that it is against that bylaw.”

But event organizer Dana Larsen says participants have always been respectful of the space and there aren’t many other places to go.

“The fact is there aren’t many locations in Vancouver that can really accommodate the size and the scope of the 4/20 event,” Larsen says.

He adds instead of moving the event, they should talk about granting it a permit.

The Park Board approved the motion at a meeting Feb. 11.