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Canada Day Pot Protest to take place in downtown park despite lack of permit

June 30 2017

Thornton Park

Organizers of the annual July 1 "Cannabis Day Protest" are going ahead with a rally at Thornton Park this Saturday despite objections from the Vancouver Park Board.

The Park Board repeatedly urged organizers to seek a more suitable site than a park which is heavily used and adjacent to Vancouver's Pacific Central Station.

As with any unpermitted event or protest, the priority of the Park Board and the City is the health and safety of all protest participants and the general public. On the day of the event, park rangers will monitor Thornton Park along with the many other events taking place in our parks on Canada Day. Vancouver Police officers will be on-site to manage traffic and keep the peace.

About the protest

The Cannabis Day Protest is being organized by Cannabis Culture who also host the annual 4/20 marijuana protest which has attracted more than 30,000 participants in recent years. Saturday's event is expected to attract a few thousand people.

Cannabis Culture says the protest will take place on the south side of Thornton Park between noon and 8:00pm.