“NYC Cannabis Parade organizer Troy Smit told NBC News the annual event... aims to
‘end the war on drugs, release the medicine, free the prisoners, heal the sick, and unite
- NBC News
“At the NYC Cannabis Parade, politicians and activists spoke of lobbying local and state government leaders to support pro-marijuana legislation...”
- The Village Voice
“People rolled spliffs and passed them around; NYC Council Member Rafael L Espinal gave a speech, among others; educators educated, advocates advocated...”
- The Gothamist
"Some would say the fact that the NYPD did not seem interested in arresting anyone who was getting high at the event was a major shift in and of itself. Although the NYPD cut its marijuana arrests in half last year, 16,590 people were still cuffed for low-level marijuana possession, about 88% of whom were black or Latino."
-Crain's New York Business
"The New York City Cannabis Parade is one of the flagship events for the Million Marijuana March in the United States.
Actually, NYC’s Cannabis Parade began as an act of resistance. Marchers were fed up with the racist police crackdown on minor marijuana possession and use charges, and wanted to take back the streets for cannabis."
- Green Rush Daily
"...at the rally itself — where participants waved “Legalize It” posters and a few more exuberant stoners cavorted in giant joint costumes — the cops adopted a tacit all-toke, no-action policy.
“We have zero arrests, and we don’t plan on having any,” one sergeant told a Post reporter.
Advocates praised the cops’ mellow take on toking as the latest sign New York was inching toward decriminalization."
- New York Post
"The group in the parade was as diverse as New York itself–people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds, people wearing all green, people in one-pieces with weed patterns, and one group wearing t-shirts saying “Law enforcement for legalization.”"