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Giant Joint Hitting the DNC

The Cannabis Pride Parade and 4:20 toke-in are just a few marijuana-themed events happening in Philadelphia.

by Blake Taylor

In the 1880s, a string of recreational hemp parlors had opened up in Philadelphia, PA.  The fashionable narcotic was regularly used as our founding fathers sowed the seeds of revolution that would one day lead us into the ludicrous political climate we find ourselves in today.

The City of Brotherly Love is about to be set ablaze once again with activists from all causes on all walks of life during the 2016 Democratic Convention from July 25-28.  The reefer freedom warriors will certainly stand out as they walk a 51-foot joint 4 miles from city hall to the Wells Fargo Center.

Ohio voted against the legalization of recreational marijuana because of the monopoly of growers the law would create. This year, the Democratic National Committee has included language that calls for a pathway to legalization.  It is certainly a topic that cannot be ignored as half of the country has legalized the plan in some form or another.

The 51-foot joint is a beacon of hope to parade through the birthplace of American freedom.  Even though Hillary Clinton is dancing around the topic while saying more research needs to be done, the party will be discussion and voting on the issue during the convention.  It will be hard to ignore with a giant inflatable joint coming straight towards you.

The 51-foot doobie will be a small part of the festivities planned for the week.  The Marijuana Policy Project is hosting a fundraiser with U.S. Rep. Early Blumenauer (D-Oregon) on July 24.  

A “Smell the Freedom” demonstration will be held July 25 at 4:20pm in a yet to be disclosed location.  All stoners are encouraged to attend.  Later that night a DNC Cannabis Kickoff Party will be thrown at Connie’s Ric Rac.  It’s totally free, man.

Details for the Cannabis Pride Parade that will include the 51-foot joint can be found on the Facebook event page.  Chris Goldstein of Philly NORML is excited about the progress that can be made during the week of the convention.

“I was talking to a delegate about it recently, and they said often, the platform doesn’t translate into much, but they’re adopting a platform our members are already working on,” he said. “That takes away excuses at every level of government, from City Council to the president, and gives us an opportunity to work on this policy. It really is a big deal.”


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Blake Taylor worked for a leading medical/recreational marijuana grower in the Seattle area and has been a freelance writer for four years.



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