Thousands of people have flooded the streets of Canadian cities in a protest calling for the legalization of marijuana. The rally has been inspired by government promises as well as the easing of cannabis policy in Uruguay and some US states.
The rallies, dubbed ‘420’ after the annual day of celebrating cannabis culture – April 20 – were held in the Canadian capital, Ottawa, as well as in the country’s biggest cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Halifax, reported Canadian press.
Ottawa demonstrators have gathered in the lawn on Parliament Hill under the Peace Tower next to the parliamentary building. The protesters were playing music, openly smoking pot, and holding Canadian flags with a cannabis leaf on it instead of a maple leaf. According to local police, the rally gathered at least 2,000 people.