Vancouver Park Board denies special event permit for 4/20 event
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.
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.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VanParkBoard?src=hash">#VanParkBoard</a> votes against issuing special event permit for 420 event at Sunset Beach Park. <a href="https://t.co/fSg8XP47Vp">pic.twitter.com/fSg8XP47Vp</a>—@ParkBoard
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.
Vancouver 23rd Annual 420 Celebration is at Sunset Beach again this year. Has become one of city's most popular & famous public events.—@DanaLarsen