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Vancouver police worried about number of teens attending this year's 4/20 event

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Vincent Plana Apr 17, 2019 9:56 am

Police are asking parents to have a conversation with their teenagers ahead of this weekend’s annual 4/20 event.


The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has explained that as they prepare for this Saturday’s cannabis event, they’re also preparing for a large turnout of minors.

“With the warm weather, the long weekend, and the free concert, we recognize that this year’s 4/20 event may be a big draw for teens,” says Sergeant Jason Robillard, VPD. “Like other large public events, our focus will be on the safety of attendees, the general public, and first responders.”

Police will also be keeping an eye out to make sure that cannabis isn’t being sold to any teenagers attending.

“We will be paying special attention to vendors to ensure they are not selling to minors,” adds Sgt. Robillard.

Booth operators are encouraged to make it a priority to identify minors and to post signs to discourage sales to young people

A notable police presence will be at the event. In addition to patrol officers, members of the VPD’s Public Safety Unit and Gang Crime Unit will also be on site.

Police will be focusing on:

  • Monitoring sales to those who appear to be minors and taking action if sales are observed.
  • Looking for drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • Monitoring for gang members or associates in the crowd.

“The VPD will continue to do everything possible, including enforcement as required, to maintain the safety of the public and reduce any negative impact to people not associated with the event who are living, working, and visiting the area,” reads a statement from the VPD.

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