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Jun 24, 2014

photo by Jeremiah Vandermeer

Businesses: Plan Ahead


Note: The following information is provided to DVBIA members to help you plan your business operations accordingly. The DVBIA is not an organizer or sponsor of this event. For more information about the event, contact the City of Vancouver at 3-1-1.

The Cannabis Day Rally, an historical demonstration about marijuana, has evolved into what can be described as an 'open cannabis farmers market' and festival. Retailers of various marijuana products display their goods, including drug related paraphernalia and food. It is also a forum for proponents of medical marijuana and other decriminalization/regulation/legalization issues. This event is typically structured similar to a 420 Day Rally but draws about 1/5 the size of crowds.   


Tuesday, July 1, 2014,  likely 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. 

Note: Coincides with other Canada Day events, such as Canada Day at Canada Place  


North plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery and Howe Street. See a map of the site layout



The following issues are ones business owners and tenants should expect and plan accordingly:

  1. People: Increased number of people in and around the VAG; potential increase in customers to nearby businesses, in particular, food operators

  2. Washrooms: All festivals of this size are required to provide onsite washrooms, but expect requests of neighbouring businesses for use of indoor washrooms

  3. Garbage: Festival organizers are required to provide litter receptacles onsite and cleaning crews. For unsightly or overflowing trash cans on city property, call 3-1-1 immediately

  4. Safety: A festival of this size is required to provide first aid services onsite. However, be aware of possible over consumption of marijuana and marijuana-related products that could result in drug reactions or disoriented persons wandering on or off-site. For any immediate safety or security issues, call 9-1-1

  5. Noise: Expect a band on the steps of the VAG, speeches and other festival-related noise. Excessive noise issues can be relayed to 3-1-1

  6. Air quality: Nearby businesses have experienced compromised air intake system issues in the past

  7. Street closures: At least one lane of Howe Street should remain open to traffic, but the street could be closed south of Georgia at any time if crowds become large

  8. Bike lanes: Cyclists should consider alternate routes as the Hornby bike lane is often blocked by people smoking


The DVBIA blog will be updated on Friday, June 27 if anything has changed.

If you have additional information or concerns the DVBIA should be aware of, please contact Dave Jones, Security Consultant to the DVBIA.

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