Millions to march for legal and fair access to marijuana

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On Saturday May 5, cannabis advocates around the world will participate in the Global Marijuana March as the event enters its 20th year.

Also known as the Million Marijuana March, the first march was ignited in New York City in 1999 and has evolved into an annual rally held the first Saturday in May in different cities all over the globe.

Toronto currently sees the largest turnout of marijuana marchers in North America. The event is complete with vendors, concerts and a number of high profile speakers. Attendees come decked out in cannabis-inspired costumes with colorful protest signs in hand.

The initial purpose of the Marijuana March was to serve as a protest against the continued criminalization of marijuana and for people to be able to use cannabis without fear of imprisonment or other unfair legal sanctions.

Here are just some of the many events that are taking place:

New York City

Parade Assembly: 11:00 a.m. | West 32nd & Broadway, NYC
Parade Start Time: 12:30 p.m. | Parade will march to Union Square (Route South on Broadway)
Rally: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Union Square South Plaza
“The NYC Cannabis Parade is one of the longest running public expressions of cannabis culture and political activism. The rally is an inclusive and peaceful celebration of the “cannabis culture” that spans national, cultural and racial divisions. It is also a political event demanding an end to prohibition, which has been proven to be a disaster.”

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

2:00 p.m.
“Starts at Surfside Park and North Boardwalk, in Rehoboth Beach. Ends with a Rally and Call to Action at the Bandstand. Speeches by local reform advocates and leaders, Give-a-ways, Raffles, DJ, Photobooth, and more.”

Portland, Oregon

12 p.m.

Pioneer Courthouse Square
“On Saturday, May 5, 2018, nearly 300 cities worldwide, including Portland, Oregon, will participate in the annual Global Cannabis March. Portland participants will gather in Pioneer Courthouse Square for a rally that begins at 12:00pm, with a scheduled cannabis freedom march through downtown starting at 4:00pm, accompanied by a police escort.”

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Queen’s Park
High Noon – gathering. 2pm launch
“The 20th Annual Global Marijuana March (GMM) in Toronto is set for this Saturday kick off at high noon at Queens Park North. GMM takes place in over 500 cities across the globe, with Toronto being the largest in North America. At 2PM GMM will be led by Jodie Emery, taking off north of Queen’s Park travelling to Bloor, East to Yonge, south to Wellesley returning to Queen’s Park for the RISE UP Ontario Rally at Queens Park South at 4pm.”


12 p.m.
Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street
“As cannabis users around the world do on the first Saturday of every May, we're gathering to protest, to march, to have fun, and to have our voices heard! 
We'll meet on the Vancouver Art Gallery grounds about noon, assemble a parade about 1pm, and begin our march at 2 o'clock! We will safely make our way through downtown Vancouver's streets, to the beach at English Bay. Cannabis supporters and patients of all ages, colours, and abilities are welcome.”


The 2017 Global 2 Join The 2017 Global Marijuana March Weekend Around The World
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Calgary City Hall, 800 Macleod Trail Southeast
“Bring your signs, flags & Pot Pride!”

Copenhagen, Denmark

“For 20 years there is Global Marijuana March in Copenhagen. It will take place on Saturday 5 May 2018. Start at 1 o'clock from Christiania. Arrival at Rådhuspladsen at 3 p.m.”

Madrid, Spain

6 p.m.
Puerta Del Sol
“(Translated) In May, the streets of Madrid will once again bring out the green flag: the marijuana marching world returns.
We hope that this 2018 will be, finally, the year in which the government feels to negotiate and to discuss how to begin a process of legalization of marijuana in our country. We also tell you that we do not believe that this happens: the current government lacks the capacity to negotiate, whatever the type.”

Nimbin Australia

May 4-6
“The Nimbin MardiGrass is an annual rally & celebration in the tiny village of Nimbin in northern NSW, Australia.  Beginning in 1993, MardiGrass is held to protest the drug laws, educate people on the various uses of cannabis (medicinal, industrial, recreational & spiritual) and to celebrate the culture that has grown here over the last 40 years.
Our mission is to bring about change with as much fun as possible.”

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Come and join us on May 5, Saturday. The concentration begins at 2:20 p.m., in the Garden of Alah, and at exactly 4:20 p.m. the Marching Marches leaves for Arpoador. Intervene not! Rio needs legalization!
You can also try checking this list of participating cities!

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