Vancouver’s annual 4/20 pot party didn’t go over well with some readers.
Gerry Kahrmann / PNG
Province readers weigh in on the issues of the dayMedia across the country seems obsessed with the reporting of all things dealing with pot. Is pushing the story of public intoxication of the potheads at their celebration on the beach in Vancouver important enough to be the lead story everywhere?Our Prime Minister surrendered the country to the drug culture, I get that.Is pot safer than drinking alcohol? Safer does not mean safe. How many of those at the pot party got into their cars afterwards and drove home high? How many, especially among the young there, will suffer cognitive decline for up to three days after inhaling a substance that our lungs were never designed to deal with.The idea of filling our lungs with pot smoke or any other form of pollution being a great idea has always baffled me.But which was the more important news item? Tens of thousands damaging the ground at the beach, leaving garbage, pictures of people looking stoned out of their minds (literally), and 40-odd people taken to hospital? Or over a half million people celebrating at the Vaisakhi parade without the need for mind-altering drugs, no garbage, great food, no need for ambulance crews to be tied up ferrying people to the ER to be treated for drug use?I’m not Sikh, but veggie samosas are my drug of choice, not a substance that made the drug gangs rich and fuels gun violence.Robert Rock, Mission CityBeer party on Burrard BridgeSince it is apparent that the rules do not apply to cannabis users, maybe beer drinkers can also stage an outdoor tap party on the Burrard St. bridge to inhale another crop of tasty hops, aka, farm consumables.Terrace seating, cycling tricks and skill-testing contests to educate and entertain the participants on the physical effects of conventional alcohol products. No permit needed, and given the bridge will be closed, no transportation hangups.Maybe Uber will fill the transit void and ease access logistics without the need for a government-issued license. Attire will also be optional in case the Wreck Beach crowd wants to join in the frivolity but feels restricted by stodgy social norms.Rick Angus, VancouverGive me a breakSo it was okay for Dana Larsen and his 4/20 groupies to completely break the law because they donated some of the proceeds to the CKNW Orphan’s Fund?Does he also expect to get a charitable receipt for income tax purposes? Give me a break.And here is another idea: When the elected mayor and council do not uphold very clear laws, they should then be personally responsible for paying the costs of damage and policing. But don’t fear council members, as I am sure you would be successful with your threat to sue to recover taxpayers’ money in court. That is what you were confident would happen, isn’t it?Perhaps if you are not, you might think twice next time, eh?And please don’t insult us by saying you didn’t have enough advance notice to enforce the laws. Which other laws will now be broken or ignored in the future?Bill Davis, New WestminsterLetters to the editor should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The editorial pages editor is Gordon Clark, who can be reached at email@example.com.CLICK HERE to report a typo.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.