They came, they saw, and they toked.
Vancouver's 18th annual 420 cannabis rally took place on Saturday (April 20), sending the downtown core up in smoke.
Despite a few errant raindrops, an estimated 20,000 smokers attended the event, which included live music, speeches about prohibition and politics, and what was easily the largest outdoor marijuana market in the country.
Over 80 booths and untold numbers of pot peddlers riddled the grounds, some showing up as early as 8 a.m. to secure a prime spot for the entirely non-violent event.
Speakers included Sensible B.C.'s Dana Larsen, Beyond Prohibition's Kirk Tousaw, and Princess of Pot Jodie Emery.
"I think I'm ashamed that America is ahead of Canada with drug policy. Who would have thought it?" Emery asked the crowd during a speech on the main stage.
"Everyone of you here today is free," Emery told the amassed crowd.
She urged people to educate themselves about Sensible BC's decriminalization campaign and to vote in the provinical election on May 14.
People were packed shoulder to shoulder by 4:15 p.m., which was accompanied by a free joint toss in front of the main stage. The well-behaved masses managed to both sit down (an epic feat in and of itself at that point) and not trample the women who were handing out marijuana.
And judging by the cloud rising from the crowd at the appointed time, there's no way anyone within 10 blocks of the art gallery didn't get a contact high.
My only regret: it was way too crowded to check out Beekeeper. Next time, kids, next time!
And my only complaint: there were dozens of scantily clad women on stage this year, but I didn't see a single half-naked man. Disappointment!
If you're gonna objectify, at least be equal opportunists about it, yeah?