One of the longest running demonstraions of civil disobedience in the country, the event brought vendors and cannabis users alike to the beach beneath the Burrard Street bridge to celebrate cannabis culture and it’s various applications.
If you thought 4/20 was all homemade edibles and joints, you’d be wrong: the range of products for sale was vast and included everything from hot sauce to dog treats to topical creams and more. (More on that, soon.)
Jodie Emery spoke briefly to the crowd around 2 p.m., where she warned cannabis users that under the proposed federal legislation for legalization, they’d still be viewed by the government as ‘second-class citizens’ and ‘criminals’.
‘If you’ve been victimized by prohibition, you’re not going to get amnesty or pardons or an apology from this government,’ she said.
‘It is wrong and unjust and evil and cruel to arrest and demonize peaceful people for a plant. It is wrong to surpress an industry that exsists, that operates peacefully, supplying medicine to those in need, and to those who want cannabis to enjoy it. It’s wrong to keep the industry and culture criminalized, but that’s what the government intends to do.’
‘The Liberals got our vote,’ she said. ‘I admit it, I stood here, and I told you to vote Liberal, beacuse they promised us. They promised they would stop arresting us.’
Despite her recent arrest and a hearing scheduled for tomorrow morning in Toronto, Emery vowed to the crowd that she would never stop fighting for the freedom of cannabis users in Canada.
Stay tuned for more coverage, including a video interview featuring Emery.
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