Vancouver Marijuana Activists Defy City, Clash With Police At Annual Cannabis Day Rally

CANADA:  What a bong show.

Pot activists and Vancouver police clashed at a Canada Day demonstration on Wednesday at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

At least four people were arrested as the so-called protest stretched into a long, hot day full of pro-pot propaganda on the concrete steps of the art gallery.

In defiance of a City of Vancouver order not to hold the annual Canada Day marijuana protest on the gallery’s large north plaza, activists and vendors started setting up their booths early Wednesday at the south end of the public facility. They said a recent city council decision to crack down on medical marijuana businesses was on their minds.

Cannabis Day Organizers Must ‘Cease And Desist,’ Says City Of Vancouver

CANADA:  The City of Vancouver has told organizers of an annual Canada Day marijuana festival to ‘cease and desist’ any marketing or promotion because they have not obtained a permit.

‘Cannabis Day’ is held every year on July 1 in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Thousands of people usually show up to support marijuana legalization and peruse the smorgasbord of pot products— like candies, cookies, lemonade, and free joints — offered by cannabis vendors in pop-up tents.

Local marijuana activists at Cannabis Culture Headquarters, run by Marc and Jodie Emery, have been organizing this year’s event for months.

But on Tuesday night, Jodie Emery tweeted a letter they received from the city telling them to stop.