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.
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.
“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.”
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.