Global Marijuana March Takes the Streets of Guayaquil

Hundreds gathered for the Global Marijuana March held in Guayaquil, Ecuador to peacefully protest against prohibitionist drug laws. (Guayaquil Canábico)

Under the slogans “No prison for growers” and “Neither a drug addict, nor a criminal,” the first Global Marijuana March (GMM) held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, kicked off on Saturday, May 2.

At 4:20 p.m., organizers say roughly 500 people gathered at the Parque de la Kennedy to protest the prohibition of cannabis, resembling other demonstrations simultaneously taking place in more than 70 countries around the world.

The event was organized by Guayaquil Canábico, a nonprofit organization created three years ago with the aim of educating citizens on the beneficial uses of the plant.

Guayaquil Canábico member Tatiana Jiménez told the PanAm Post that the march had been planned since 2014, and represented a major step forward for their cause. “People are [finally]...

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