Thousands of protestors took to the streets last Saturday, May 7, for the Global Marijuana March, calling for cannabis legalization worldwide. Gatherings were held in 829 cities in 72 countries for supporters to show their governments that the public wants and needs legal access to marijuana.
More than 20,000 people came out to Queens Park in Toronto, Canada, showing support for their already reformative government’s plans to legalize cannabis medically and recreationally nationwide. The iconic Ipanema and Leblon beaches in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hosted thousands of supporters, including a score of prominent politicians. In Cape Town, South Africa, an echoed chant of “Free the weed!” could be heard emanating from the moving crowd. The march in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was led by a coalition of children suffering medical conditions such as epilepsy, some leading the way in their wheelchairs.
It’s heartening to see so many different people from countries all over the world coming together for a common cause, especially one as logical and necessary as legalization.