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.

Warning About Potentially Lethal Fentanyl In Marijuana Directed At Recreational Pot Users

CANADA:  Startling statistics on fentanyl-related overdoses and deaths have prompted police and health authorities to issue a public warning — particularly to recreational pot users.

Vancouver police Const. Sandra Glendinning — at a news conference Monday to highlight the lethal risks of the synthetic drug — said investigators are now finding fentanyl turning up in batches of seized marijuana.

She said city police will announce a major fentanyl ring has been busted on Tuesday, but didn’t provide any further details.

According to B.C. Coroners Service spokesman Vince Stancato, about 25 per cent of all overdose deaths in the province in 2014 involved the highly toxic fentanyl.