Pubdate: Tue, 19 Apr 2016
Source: Expositor, The (CN ON)
Page: A2
Copyright: 2016 Brantford Expositor
Note: by Expositor Staff


The third annual Brantford 4/20 rally in support of the 
decriminalization of marijuana takes place at Victoria Park on Wednesday.

The rally, organized by the Brantford Cannabis Club, takes place from 
1 p. m. to 6 p. m. It will include speeches, vendors, live 
entertainment and prizes.

"It should be a very educational day in the park," said Calvin Reese, 
of the Brantford Cannabis Club.

"It ( the rally) is aimed at pushing for the decriminalization of 
cannabis and to educate people about the plant. We do not condone the 
use of cannabis for minors at this event or ever unless directed by a 
medical professional."

In addition to music and speeches there will be more than 60 raffle 
prizes and more than 3,000 marijuana seeds given away. Participants 
are being asked to bring canned food or used clothing to the event in 
exchange for a raffle ticket. Canned food collected will be turned 
over to the Brantford food bank and donated clothing will be turned 
over to Friendship House on Grey Street.

The term "4/20" has become the internationally recognized date ( 
fourth month/ 20th day) for pro-marijuana rallies. In addition to 
live music and speeches, participants all light up a joint or 
marijuana cigarette at 4:20 p. m.

Last year's event attracted about 200 people.

Police in Brantford have never interfered with the rally. A police 
spokesperson said Monday that officers will continue to follow past 
practice this year.

Growing, possessing and consuming marijuana remains illegal in 
Canada, however, it can be prescribed by doctors for medicinal use. 
As well, the federal government has a procedure that enables 
companies to get a licence to grow marijuana to supply the growing 
demand for medical marijuana.

Part of the goal of the 4/20 rally is to show people that those who 
use marijuana have jobs and contribute to their communities. The 
rally aims to dispel the stereotype of the lazy stoner who does 
nothing but smoke up all day. 
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