Protesters in Tel Aviv call for Israel to legalize marijuana

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Some 1,000 protesters gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square calling for Israel to legalize marijuana.

The protest Saturday night, which organizers dubbed the “Cannabis March,” began near Tel Aviv’s district courthouse and ended at the central square. There, several politicians and activists addressed the crowd in between musical performances and poetry readings.

Left-wing Meretz lawmaker Tamar Zandberg spoke at the event, as did Knesset members Yinon Magal and Miki Zohar from the right-wing Jewish Home and Likud parties, respectively. Former Likud Knesset member Moshe Feiglin, an outspoken proponent of legalization, also spoke.

“This is something less dangerous than a cigarette and less addictive than a glass of whisky,” Feiglin told the crowd. “We need to step out of this fear and make this a country of freedom.”

The march coincided with parallel events calling for marijuana legalization in cities around the world.

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