Rather than continue to do this same post over and over again, because Van is the MJ Mecca, and because it is the most often asked question in this forum (look through the back pages, I assure you it's every thirtyth question if not more so), I thought it would be appropreate that the "home base" info was available at the top of the page - as was suggested by Growboy.
So now that it's up here for a while, please add to it and make it as best as it can be.
To that end, here's my 2 cents "Vansterdam visit" wise....
Go to these 3 places and get lost if you only have a couple of days:
1) "The pot block" - my work space at Pot TV - 300 WEST Hastings (Be sure to look for WEST Hastings, as 300 EAST hastings is probably the poorest and most desperate place in Canada - those in the nearby jail call it "Wastings and Pain")
At 300 WEST Hastings is "Crosstown" - the place where old meets young and rich meets poor - the very heart of "Old Vancouver" and the most interesting place both architectually and anthropologically.
Here are the remains of the fire - The BC Marijuana Party/Pot TV/The Urban Shaman/Mark Emery Seeds, The New Amstedam Cafe, Kind Seeds, Smoking Seeds and The Spirit Within. What got destroyed in the fire was Blunt Brothers, the old Kind Seed office, Sparticus Books and Cabbages and Kinks.
The Pot Block is alive and well, and the smell of the fire has been replaced with the smell of big fat stinky organic fatties and bowls and bowls of bubble hash, butter hash, jelly hash and whatever new type of hash they come up with next. Flavors are big this year - grapefruit and mango are plentiful.
The businesses that remain from the arson attack are THE pioneers, and they need everyone's support. It is your cultural duty to make a pilgrimage to MJ Mecca, and shake the hands of the front-line sodiers for drug peace in this brutal drug war.
2) Commercial Drive. Actually, I lied. Anthropology is very, very cool on the Pot Block - quite diverse. But if you like the study of humans, there is no more diverse assortment in Canada than on Commecial. Everything here ... blacks, italians, portugese, chinese, east indians, vietnamese, native north american indians and everything else as well. Plus the hippies, the punks, the squeegee entrepreneurs and the beggars plus the occational suit that dares drop by or even live among the proles. There's a sizeable lezbian community here, and a few fags (but they mostly hang out on Davie st. downtown) and lots and lots and lots and lots of anarchist/dreamers like myself. I couldn't dream of living anywhere else, because the only other possible alternative would be Montreal and they have more smokers and less Islands and Hotsprings and Mountains and Forests ........... so it's settled.
Good pics of Vancouver:
"The Drive" as it's affectionately known to locals is laden with pot heads of every type, flavor and selection of human. There are at least 5 public cannabis businesses or organizations operating on the drive - there's:
the BC Compassion Club Society (604-875-0448 for sick people, media or med-pot activists only please) www.thecompassionclub.org
Grassroots (4th and Commercial)
Rasta Wares (Grant and Commercial),
The Melting Point (1111 Commercial)
and Da Kine (Napier and Commercial).
3) If you've seen the Drive and you've hung out in the New Amsterdam cafe and smoked one, and you want to do something really cool, take a bus down to Stanley Park. Big trees. You can get lost in the big tree park ... nice sunsets.
If you have MORE than three days, I recommend seeking out the fabled hot springs or Islands. They are indeed heaven. If you have longer, visit Nelson (hippie city central). Thanks out to all the granolas and hippie kids who continue to fight for our eco-heaven preservation.
If you have any questions, there are many Vancouverites in the forums, and they will be happy to answer them here. There will be a "tourist guide to vansterdam" in the 50th edition of Cannabis Culture (the cover is now on the home page) so that will be reposted here soon too.