Annual Cannabis Day in Vancouver turns violent with at least one arrest

Source: WikiCommons
Source: WikiCommons

VANCOUVER – A Cannabis Day event in Vancouver has been marred by scuffles with police and at least one arrest.

Witnesses say they saw officers descend on the gathering of about 100 people around noon before leading at least one man away in handcuffs.

Angry crowds followed the officers around the street corner where the man was loaded into a police van.

Witnesses say the man was selling marijuana.

Cannabis Day has taken place outside the Art Gallery in downtown Vancouver for the past 20 years.

Longtime organizer and marijuana activist Jodie Emery says this is the first year the event has experienced any confrontation with police.