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VPD asks parents to have a conversation with their kids ahead of 4/20 event

Last Updated Apr 17, 2019 at 10:53 am PDT

FILE: Booths lined up at Sunset Beach in Vancouver for 4/20 in 2018. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

VPD is asking parents to talk to their kids ahead of the 4/20 event at Sunset Beach Park this weekend

The VPD is reminding vendors to identify minors, place signs discouraging sales to minors at 4/20 event

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With the big 4/20 event set to take place in the West End this weekend, Vancouver Police are asking parents to do their part when it comes to educating their children.

The VPD wants them to have a conversation about the risks associated with going to a large, unsanctioned cannabis gathering.

“With the warm weather, the long weekend, and the free concert, we recognize that this year’s 4/20 event may be a big draw for teens,” Sergeant Jason Robillard says.

Police are also reminding those who will be at the event operating booths to make sure they make it a priority to identify minors and post signs that discourage sales to young people.

“Like other large public events, our focus will be on the safety of attendees, the general public, and first responders, but we will be paying special attention to vendors to ensure they are not selling to minors,” Robillard adds.

This year’s 4/20 event falls on a Saturday during a long weekend, which could mean even bigger crowds at the gathering, which is now marking its 25th year.

The event at Sunset Beach has been the topic of much debate in recent weeks. On Monday night, the Vancouver Park Board voted to ask event organizers to cancel their headliner, after Cypress Hill was announced as the event’s main performer last week.

Organizers have been holding the event every year on public land without city permits. Cannabis advocate Jody Emery backs claims that the event is a protest, despite the legalization of recreational marijuana in October of 2018.

-With files from Simon Druker