Thousands of Colombians flocked the streets of Bogota and Medellin smoking marijuana through fruit crafted smoke devices such as apple, watermelon and pineapple bongs to call for legalization of marijuana worldwide. Dubbed the “Global Marijuana March” protesters in Colombia believe that use of marijuana should be allowed both medically and for recreational use.
In Colombia the cannabis laws are very lenient and a person can be in possession of up to 22 grams for personal use without facing persecution but selling and transporting cannabis is only legal for scientific and medical purposes.
It doesn’t just stop in Colombia as more than 100 cities across the world participated in the annual event to help spread the word for legalization. Along the streets of Cape Town, South Africa thousands marched the streets to demand a relaxation of drug laws where possession is punishable by prosecution. While most protesters smoked marijuana at the event there were plenty who solely sported colorful marijuana clothing with some even etching cannabis leafs on their heads.
With the medical benefits of cannabis being widely accepted across the world more and more countries are joining in on the fight for legalization. The march is helping raise awareness of the benefits cannabis has to offer.
'We were marching for the legalization and regulation of cannabis in South Africa. There is more than enough evidence around the world about the medicinal benefits of cannabis,' Johannes Berkhout, lead organizer told the Daily Mail, adding that legalization would create a 'safer and much more controllable' use of the drug.