NEW YORKERS MARCH TO DEMAND A LEGAL CANNABIS MARKET FOR RESPONSIBLE ADULT USE NOW

Social justice advocates and ordinary New Yorkers will march from midtown Manhattan down Broadway to Union Square demanding the legalization of cannabis for adult use as a way to reduce crime, end the mass incarceration epidemic, help the sick by providing alternatives to prescription pharmaceuticals, and create economic opportunities, especially for those who are victims of the war on drugs. “Recent events have demonstrated that New York’s overly-restrictive ‘medical marijuana’ law, the Compassionate Care Act, is not an adequate solution to any problem associated with cannabis prohibition, including for a vast majority of those who are sick and need it. The time has come for elected officials to begin discussing full legalization in New York, starting with the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act, the ‘MRTA,’ now pending in Albany,” said Parade organizer Noah Potter. "On Saturday we will spread the message that the legislature must be made to take cannabis legalization seriously and begin the process of moving Senate Bill 1747A and Assembly Bill 3089A to a vote.”

MARIJUANA MOVEMENT HOLDS NATIONAL VICTORY PARADE DOWN BROADWAY AND CALLS ON NEW YORK TO JOIN PROGRESSIVE TREND

MARIJUANA MOVEMENT HOLDS NATIONAL VICTORY PARADE DOWN BROADWAY AND CALLS ON NEW YORK TO JOIN PROGRESSIVE TREND

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New York, NY, May 2, 2014 – 

THE NYC CANNABIS PARADE, one of the longest-running public expressions of cannabis culture and political activism, will take place on Saturday, May 3. The event features headline performers and veteran cannabis legalization activists. The event starts with a victory parade down Broadway and continues with musical performances and political messages addressing the injustice of arresting and imprisoning cannabis users, the medicinal uses of cannabis and the critical need to legalize cannabis in New York. 

Parade assembly will began at 32nd Street and Broadway at 12 PM. The parade will step off at 12:30 led by Grand Marshal George Martinez, U.S. hip hop ambassador and host of the nationally-syndicated radio show, Critical Reboot. Grand Marshal Martinez will be joined by a multi-generational mix of legalization activists, including members of Occupy Reefer Madness, and accompanied by MarijuanaDoctors.com’s Maryjane Ambulance.

At 1pm, a public celebration of cannabis culture will begin in Union Square Park, including performances by hip hop legend and “ganja guru” Redman; esteemed lyrical activist Immortal Technique; African diaspora acoustic percussion ensemble Heritage OP; electro-acoustic future-funk lespecial, the Global Block Collective and others. Speakers will include Tony award-winning actor and director Dan Fogler; author and Director of the Center for Planetary Culture Daniel Pinchbeck; Marijuana Business Association Northeast Regional Director Rich Woznicki; NORML Women’s Alliance Regional Coordinator Laura Notini; Empire State NORML Legislative Director Doug Greene; Drug Policy Alliance’s Communications Director Tony Newman; Law Enforcement Against Prohibition representative and former NYPD detective Joanne Naughton; Harlem activist Joseph “Jazz” Hayden; Dr. Sunil Kumar Aggarwal, MD, PhD; George Rithm Martinez; Students for Sensible Drug Policy organizer Alec Foster; New York Cannabis Alliance Communications Director Dan Goldman; WORTH Organizer Tina Reynolds; and Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for Governor. 

"It is now clear that the legalization movement has won," said parade co-organizer and NORML Long Island Executive Director Troy Smit, "since a majority of the public and a significant number of elected officials recognize that cannabis prohibition is a mistake. Beyond this change in attitude, we are seeing legalization occur before our eyes. Unfortunately, New York is still not part of the progressive trend. We hope that the parade will provide New Yorkers with the inspiration to attain victory in ending cannabis prohibition." 

“New York is in a ‘perfect storm’ moment,” said parade co-organizer and law blogger Noah Potter. “After almost 20 years of frustration in the struggle to pass a medical marijuana law, there is now a full legalization bill pending in both houses. At the same time, the ranks of pro-legalization activists and interest in cannabis’ economic potential here are both growing. The only question is who will provide the political leadership within City or State government to effectuate change.”


Sister events will be taking place around the world


The NYC Cannabis Parade is a New York City tradition dating from the early 1970s that takes place on the first Saturday in May. It celebrates the cannabis culture that spans national, cultural and racial divisions but it is also a political event demanding an end to prohibition, a proven disaster. In 1999, the parade went global: the Global Marijuana March now takes place in approximately 300 cities around the world during the month of May. (For more information on the Global Marijuana March see http://www.cannabis.shoutwiki.com/wiki/2014 )

For more information on the NYC Cannabis Parade, please visit www.CannabisParade.org.

 

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