A new Global March for cannabis
The Global Marijuana March is celebrated in cities around the world around the first Saturday in May each year. Since it was first held in New York in 1999, more than 800 cities in 71 countries have joined and took part in the demonstration.
In Argentina, around one hundred thousand people, according to organizers, gathered in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires on Saturday May 4, asking that the solution does not pass through penalizing consumers, but to control and persecute those who profit from drug sales. The aim of the event is to provide a common claim evidencing the number of people that require normalizing the situation of the cannabis plant and ending the criminalization and persecution of its users and growers.
In Mexico, thousands of people also came together to try to end a problem that has so far killed more than 70,000 people in clashes between police, drug cartels and traffickers.
In Cardiff, United Kingdom, about 350 protesters took part in the march calling for controlled legal distribution of cannabis to adults, insisting that it’s not harmful in the way they’d have them believe, and calling for a public debate on the benefits implications for health and the decriminalization of an industry that moves 40 billion pounds a year.
In Montreal, Canada, a few hundred people took to the streets to demand together legalization of this drug, which is already a reality in some American states. Canadians increasingly approve the legalization and see that his illegality creates more problems instead of solving them.
In other cities around the world will take place in the coming days, as in Kiev, Ukraine, which will be held on May 18th.
While the goal of each march differs by the specific characteristics of each country, the main demands include: an end to arrests and imprisonment for cannabis, respect for human rights of its customers, recognizing the benefits that can provide health or regulating access and fines for that cultivate or consume it.