Vancouver’s 4/20 event returns to the Art Gallery site on Wednesday

Vancouver’s annual 4/20 event will be held Wednesday at its original downtown location, but new organizers will run it.

A group called the 4/20 Market has come together to plan an event of their own at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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These organizers say they should protest against the Canadian government because they believe cannabis has become too expensive for BC’s most vulnerable population.

Organizers told Global News they see this event as an opportunity to speak out.

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“It’s a protest like every year,” said Adilynn McArdle, one of the organizers of the event.

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“(The) Supreme Court of Canada says every Canadian citizen deserves reasonable access to cannabis and unfortunately our federal government has not yet given us reasonable access. Even though they legalized it, they shut out all the people who stood out in the first place.”

The previous organizers, who moved the event to its Sunset Beach location, say they were unable to host their annual event in April because the COVID-19 regulations were not lifted in time.

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The return of 4/20 is sure to reignite the heated annual debate over whether the event is a protest or an unlicensed festival.

According to a leaked memo from city officials in Vancouver, the 2018 event cost taxpayers more than $583,000.

The now 28-year-old event has grown to tens of thousands of attendees and high-profile musical acts such as Cypress Hill, who performed at Sunset Beach in 2019.

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