Vancouver Park Board denies special event permit for 4/20 event

The Vancouver Park Board has voted against granting a special event permit for the city's annual 4/20 gathering, which organizers were hoping to hold at Sunset Beach this year with the board's blessing.

Annual pro-marijuana celebration was held at Sunset Beach in 2016, against park board's wishes

The Vancouver Park Board has voted against granting a special event permit for the city's annual 4/20 event, which organizers plan to hold at Sunset Beach for a second year this April. (Simon Charland/CBC)

The Vancouver Park Board has voted against granting a special event permit for the city's annual 4/20 event.

Organizers of the pro-marijuana gathering had been hoping to get the board's approval for the event, currently planned to be held at Sunset Beach.

Organizers moved the event from the Vancouver Art Gallery to Sunset Beach last year to accommodate the increasing size.

The park board spoke out against the move at the time, saying the event was not welcome in city parks, citing concerns about policing, clean-up and smoking bylaws.

The city says dealing with last year's event cost $148,000.

According to the event's website, organizers are still planning to go ahead with the event.