Journey Hashish and Music Competition, which known as itself “Canada’s first cannabis and music pageant,” has been cancelled as a result of new bylaws in Vaughan, Ontario.
Journey was initially scheduled for August 23-25 for a three-day run on the 990-acre Boyd Conservation Park north of Toronto.
The pageant wasn’t going to promote its personal cannabis however have a strict “convey your personal cannabis” method, which may very well be loved together with musical acts, instructional talks on the drug and cubicles promoting cannabis swag.
Whereas the pageant signed a contract with the Toronto Area Conservation Authority and Boyd Conservation Park, an announcement from Journey says that Vaughan handed a bylaw Might 14 that solely allowed medical cannabis to be legally consumed in a public house, so long as correct documentation is introduced.
“We’re saddened by the choice of Vaughan councilors to limit leisure consumption of cannabis at a non-public occasion,” Journey CEO Murray Milthorpe stated in an announcement.
“Policymakers in Canada ought to welcome any effort by multi-stakeholder teams to teach Canadians concerning the authorized vs. unlawful market, the well being and security facets of consuming cannabis, and the risks of substance abuse.”
“Sadly, Vaughan Metropolis Council is on the fallacious aspect of historical past right here.”
Milthorpe says that the introduction of the bylaw was by no means talked about in earlier conferences with metropolis officers.
The Metropolis of Vaughan stated in an announcement that no particular occasions allow was utilized for or issued for the pageant, however Mithorpe says the pageant was working straight with the town on the allow, and it solely needed to be submitted two weeks previous to the occasion.
Vaughan additionally stated its smoking bylaw had been “beneath improvement since 2018,” and the timing of its implementation was primarily based on a “public course of and affordable timelines” following cannabis legalization final October.
Vaughan has additionally opted out of licensed retail cannabis shops within the metropolis, the town’s assertion notes.
Journey says that those that bought tickets might be refunded absolutely within the subsequent week.
The pageant asserts that Vaughan’s bylaw transfer was “about self-preservation and establishment pondering and is a stigmatizing motion that hurts the authorized market.”
This will not be the final we hear of Journey, although.
The pageant says that organizers are at the moment working to safe a brand new venue for 2020 that might be introduced within the coming months.
Within the meantime, the Journey “Cannabus” might be touring the nation to speak about cannabis with Canadians.