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Canadian Activist Launches Petition to Push Vancouver Grant 4/20 Festival a Permit

Canadian Activist Launches Petition to Push Vancouver Grant 4/20 Festival a Permit

Dina Al-Shibeeb
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The prominent Canadian marijuana activist Dana Larsen has recently launched a petition to push the city of Vancouver into offering a 4/20 festival a permit.

While four-twenty is a code-term in cannabis culture, April 20 has started as a protest and celebration for marijuana in Vancouver since 1995.

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Dana Larsen, a prominent marijuana activist in Canada. (Imge via Straight.com)

Since then, it has gradually turned into a mega marijuana festival, attracting thousands of people.

Over the past 24 years, Vancouver’s 4/20 festival has grown into one of the city’s most popular and well-attended annual events, with about 100,000 people attending,” Larsen wrote on the “Give the Vancouver 4/20 protest festival a permit!” petition page. 

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Crowds try to catch free marijuana joints being given out at the Vancouver Art Gallery. (File photo)

He added:

“The Vancouver Park Board has refused to grant us a permit, despite their own staff encouraging them to do so.”

The activist said Vancouver refusing to give a permit leaves both “the city and park board liable for any problems, as we cannot get event insurance without a permit.”

He dubbed the event as “a peaceful protest,” bringing lots of “economic benefits.”

“People come from across the Lower Mainland and even from other countries to participate in this world-famous event.”

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The activist also highlighted some contrasts with the Park Board giving dozens of licenses for alcohol events in city parks.

“They can grant a license for 4/20 if they choose to,” he said.

“It’s time for the Park Board to stop discriminating against cannabis users and grant 4/20 a permit!”

Larsen went through the petition ahead of the expected nationwide legalization of marijuana this summer. By legalizing marijuana, Canada will be the first developed nation to do so.

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