Cannabis Campaigners on the March

Cannabis Campaigners on the March
Posted by FoM on May 06, 2000 at 11:19:43 PT
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Source: This Is London
Campaigners calling for the legalisation of Cannabis today marched through London.Under bright sunshine, more than 4,000 people danced, sang, cheered, blew whistles and played drums as the colourful End the Prohibition March crept from Kennington Park, south London, to a free festival at nearby Brockwell Park.
In a carnival atmosphere, the marchers, some in bright fancy dress, and many wearing home-made face masks in the shape of cannabis leaves, peacefully took part in the 2.5 mile demonstration organised by the International Cannabis Coalition (ICC).Similar events were taking place at venues around the world to try to help lift the ban on the class B drug. "The cannabis laws are old and should be lifted," said Thor Halland of the ICC. "A lot of people enjoy cannabis and there is no reason for them to be stopped by the law. "Today is also just a great big party so that everyone can enjoy themselves, enjoy the sunshine and to get that message across to the Government." The penalties in Britain for cannabis possession are among the harshest in Europe. Around 70,000 people annually face the prospect of a prison sentence for possessing cannabis, ecstasy and LSD. Earlier this week the ICC delivered a dossier to Downing Street outlining its arguments about why the ban should be lifted. Speakers at the festival were set to include author of Mr Nice Guy, Howard Marks, jailed for cannabis smuggling; former lead singer with The Clash, Joe Strummer; and comedian Mark Thomas. Police said the march was good-natured and trouble-free.  Associated Newspapers Ltd., 06 May 2000Related Articles & Web Sites: (in Germam) --USA: --Int. and at: and at: and at: *MMM. Millennium Marijuana March Message Board.*MMM 1999 rally reports for cities worldwide: Cannabis Protest in Capital Pushes Pot Law Marijuana March Day Has Arrived
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