Why Marijuana Activists Are Still Marching After Trudeau’s Legalization Announcement

Article by Paul Salvatori, NOW Toronto

Why marijuana activists are still marching after Trudeau's legalization announcement Demonstrators flocked to Queen's Park this weekend for the Global Marijuana March to demand more from the Liberal government

On the heels of this year’s 4/20 celebration, a large crowd gathered on May 6 in Queen’s Park for the 19th annual Toronto Global Marijuana March. Peaceful attendees arrived at noon to smoke, sell, and promote weed in its diverse and novel forms – from joints and cookies to seeds, flowers and lollipops.

It was a convivial celebration, but the march also served as a protest against the continued criminalization of marijuana. The Canadian government’s recent legislation announcement has frustrated marijuana activists like Jodie Emery, who have identified quite a few problems with Trudeau’s plan, such as stiff criminalization for selling to minors and uncertainty for non-licensed craft cannabis producers.

Their message, reinforced by loud chanting, colourful signs and costumes, was clear: all should have the right to smoke weed without fear of imprisonment or other unfair legal sanctions.

Before the march began in earnest, I had the opportunity to talk to several of the attendees about marijuana regulation. Many were uncomfortable appearing on the record to talk about pot, but those who did – including Jodie Emery and her husband, “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery – shared their reasons for continuing to demonstrate in support of marijuana.

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