Author Archives: crimyork

Understanding the Criminalization of Dissent in the Gastown Riot

Since the criminalization of marijuana in 1923, there has been an increase in state power/control over individuals involved with it. This increase in power and control has developed into high tensions between police and youth. Over the years since its criminalization, many negative stigmas began to develop, which have labeled marijuana users as deviant, fiendish, […]

Media Representations of Gastown Riot

Preceding the Gastown riot, a local alternative newspaper known as the Georgia Straight published an article titled ‘smoke-in’. In response to police harassment and brutality from ‘operation dustpan’ the Georgia Straight forum represented a side for the youth counter-culture to present their experiences of unequal treatment. In the article, the author stated, “were serious about […]

The Gastown Riot, 1971

The Gastown Riot, also known as ‘smoke-in’ and Street Jamboree, occurred on August 7, 1971 in ‘Maple Tree Square’, a popular location in Gastown, Vancouver. The ‘smoke-in’ gathering at Maple Tree Square was to be a peaceful protest involving the Youth International Party (Yippies) along with other youth living in the Gastown area. Two individuals […]