THE GLOBAL CANNABIS MARCH
By: Thobele Nzama
The streets of Durban and Cape Town came face to face with the community of cannabis law reform as they introduced themselves to them.
Armed with banners and a passion burning for much longer than a cannabis cigarette, marchers came out in numbers.
Red, green and gold were colours the two cities shared simultaneously on the streets as participants marched in light of the current public discourse of cannabis both nationally and internationally incited by the on-going public debates and the introduction of the Medical Innovation Bill.
The Global Cannabis March is the initiative of The South African National Cannabis Working Group (SANCWG) in collaboration with NORML ZA, Durban and Cape Town were amongst 117 cities across the Earth marching to promote awareness relating to cannabis.
The march tied in with the passing of new laws that have been made around the world to make cannabis legal for those of adult age since January this year. These places include Colorado, Washington, Uruguay and Turin and as a result, new economies have emerged with economic growth rates outperforming the cellular mobile sales market.
The organiser of the march, Imiel Visser highlighted the importance of the event.
“The march is essentially a statement. It’s a statement to the powers that be that there is a culture around cannabis, that we are otherwise productive, law-abiding citizens who simply consume a plant,” said Visser.
He further added the importance of cannabis citing its many varied uses as well as its people.
“There are many ways to take advantage of the benefits of the plant, and smoking is just one of them. We are not necessarily encouraging people to smoke at the march – they do that at their own risk. We cannot deny a large
constituency of people who consume cannabis will be present but that does not take away the fact that there will also be many people who don’t. These are non-consumers who support reform because they have observed the inefficiency of our current policies.”