Much bigger and sort of more diverse, the 420 event continues to be part party, part protest, part display of teen-type defiance and part make-a-buck market.

But what is most striking is the growing size and professionalism of the biggest component — the trade show. Check out my pix.

The vendors number into several hundreds, by my unscientific on-the-spot estimate. They’re the small guys; the independents — and only a few, if any, will make the cut into the regulated industry coming to Canada later this year.

And this is the only legit relic of protest available to the 420 organizers, who seem to feel that everyone, regardless of their chops, talent and cash, should automatically become a player in the upcoming regulated cannabis industry.

As usual, click on any photo to see a large-size slideshow of them all.