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City too lax on pot: Councillor

There should have been a stronger police presence at Vancouver’s potrally, according to NPA Coun. Kim Capri, who said the city’s laxattitude about public law breaking is nothing to be proud of.

There should have been a stronger police presence at Vancouver’s pot rally, according to NPA Coun. Kim Capri, who said the city’s lax attitude about public law breaking is nothing to be proud of.
It’s estimated more than 6,000 people gathered outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday to toke up en masse for April 20, an annual celebration of cannabis culture and a chance to advocate for legalization.
But Capri said the participants were flaunting the law in the police’s face.
“There are legitimate ways to protest a law and advocate for change (legally),” she said. “When illegal activities occur in public spaces, many people feel uncomfortable and unsafe.”
She said more police should have been on hand to reassure the public that they had everything under control.
Vision Vancouver Coun. Heather Deal said there’s no reason to crack down on a peaceful rally.
“It’s technically illegal, but they weren’t hurting anybody. And if the police aren’t worried about that ... I trust their judgment.
“There are much bigger issues that truly endanger people in the city.”
Vancouver police Const. Tim Fanning said police handled the rally in the safest way possible.
“What are we supposed to do? Arrest 6,000 pot smokers?” he said. “We’re the experts at crowd control.”
–kristen.thompson@metronews.ca

 
 
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