4/20 complaints flooded Vancouver’s 311 phone lines

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Take 4/20 and add it to 311 and you get hundreds of calls from Vancouverites complaining about the annual gathering that organizers consider a protest against marijuana laws and detractors call an illegal pot party and trade fair.

Vancouver’s 311 line installed a special “if you’re calling about …” option for those wanting to voice concerns about the latest 4/20 smoke-in at Sunset Beach.

The city’s 311 operators logged 82 calls this year — all but 10 of them complaints — which was down slightly from the 86 calls (79 complaints) logged in 2017.

The largest number of calls — 121, all but one of them complaints — came in 2016, the year organizers moved the event to Sunset Beach from the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza.

In 2015, the last year at VAG, 311 received 11 calls, all of them complaints.

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Susan Lazaruk – Vancouver Sun – May 12, 2018.

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