CANNABIS CULTURE – Cannabis activists will hit the streets and hit fat joints in cities around the world this Saturday, May 3 for the 2014 Global Marijuana March.
Now in its 16th year, the GMM was at one time the undisputed champ of global cannabis protests, with more than 300 cities taking part yearly at its peak.
The Global Marijuana March wiki, which maintains the annual master list of GMM cities, says “844 different cities have signed up from 72 different nations since 1999.”
The GMM – also known in some regions as the Million Marijuana March, Worldwide Marijuana March, or the Global Cannabis March – was reportedly created in 1999 by New York pot activist/yipppie Dana Beal and usually takes place on the first Saturday of May every year.
Beal was a long-time activist and advocate of marijuana law reform who had been helping to organizing marijuana sit-ins and marches in New York for many years (he’s pictured above leading a march in 1994). New York has held various marijuana rallies since at least 1967.
In recent years, the GMM has been somewhat overshadowed by the growing popularity of the annual 4/20 event, which happens just a few week before on April 20.
Toronto’s Global Marijuana March has for at least the last few years held the title as largest and loudest, with thousands of potheads flooding the city’s streets, shutting down traffic and pissing-off the cops.
Last year, a controversial date change by Toronto GMM organizers led to an activist rebellion and Renegade March. This year Toronto’s march will be held on May 3, like most of the marches around the globe.
Vancouver will host a march starting at the Vancouver Art Gallery at noon and marching to English Bay at 2PM.
Many other cities will host marches as well. Find out if your town is on the list.
Find more at the Global Marijuana March Facebook Page.
Watch a pre-GMM episode of Cannabis Culture News LIVE today at 4PM PT on Pot TV.
See Global Marijuana March photos from the Cannabis Culture collection:
Watch Cannabis Culture and Pot TV for LIVE coverage of the Global Marijuana March on Saturday, May 3.