Thousands rallied in Berlin on Aug. 13 to call for the legalization of Pot and the decriminalization of the drug in both medical and recreational use.
Citizens in Germany are part of the growing number of Western peoples seeking to put an end to laws that make the growing and using of marijuana (cannabis) a crime.
Some 4,000 supporters of marijuana legalization in Germany rolled through central Berlin. Demonstrators called on the government to allow marijuana for a broader medical use and stop prosecution for its possession.
According to police figures, some 4,000 people took part in Saturday’s rally with no incidents or arrests reported. The crowds initially gathered at the central railway station before moving to the federal Health Ministry and then to the iconic Alexanderplatz.
“The marijuana parade is the largest demonstration for the legalization of Cannabis as commodity, medicine, and natural stimulant in Germany,” the organizers wrote on their website. The latest march was staged under the slogan “Legalization is in the air” and was the 20th in a row after the movement was established in Berlin in 1997.
People carried banners saying, “My brain belongs to me,” and “Cannabis is my medicine.”
The spokesperson for the parade, Steffen Geyer, said in front of the gathering that the ban on the drug is leading to more problems and therefore requires a law legalizing it. “Legal cannabis would cause less harm if compared to the ban on it existing for 45 years,” Geyer stated. - Russia Today
In fact, studies recently out of Colorado show that revenues of pain drugs such as vicodin and oxycontin have fallen off a cliff once pot was legalized and began to replace the 'legal drugs' in consumer purchases.
There are now too many studies to mention that validate the benefits of cannabis and the fact that they are much less addictive than synthetic 'legal drugs' made by Big Pharma companies. And while European countries like Holland have long proven that pot use does not lead to societal epidemics of crime and drug addiction as portrayed in government propaganda announcements and commercials, it is only in the last four years that the cultural stigma of marijuana decriminalization is finally beginning to surface and enter into the mainstream.