Vaughan 'on wrong side of history' after forcing cancellation of cannabis festival – Waterloo Chronicle


The City of Vaughan is “sadly, on the wrong side of history” after a cannabis festival has been cancelled, its organizers said on Monday, July 8.

Murray Milthorpe, chief experience officer of the Journey Cannabis and Music Festival, said in a statement that “we are disappointed by the decision of Vaughan city council to restrict recreational consumption of cannabis at a private event.”

He said new bylaws introduced by the city have forced their three-day event to be cancelled this summer.

On May 14, Vaughan’s city council passed a new smoking bylaw prohibiting the public smoking of cannabis. It’s only allowed if the cannabis is medicinal and the individual has the required medical documentation, the festival states.

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“Journey was about combatting the illegal market and disrupting the stigma of cannabis through a three-day journey of education, celebration and conservation.”

Milthorpe added, “policy-makers in Canada should welcome all efforts by multi-stakeholder groups to educate Canadians about the legal (versus) illegal market, the health and safety aspects of consuming cannabis, and the dangers of substance abuse.”

Before breaking the news, Journey was anticipating the event, touting how “prohibition is over.”

The three-day festival was expected to take place at Boyd Conservation Park in Vaughan from Aug. 23 to 25. It was supposed to be an age-gated, bring-your-own-cannabis event featuring musicians, outdoor art installations, public speakers, food, beer and a variety of cannabis-related programming.

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