Centrum Toronto zostalo wczoraj opanowane przez tysiace ludzi palacych jointy, fajki i bongi. Chmure dymu marihuanowego bylo widac z daleka. Policja stala bezradnia. Wlasciwie tez sie ulotnila razem z dymem.
|Women dressed in the spirit of the occasion enjoy themselves yesterday in Yonge-Dundas Square|
Smoke gets in their eyes
Thousands toke up a storm in pro-pot rally at Yonge-Dundas SquareKEVIN CONNOR
Thousands of marijuana activists gave new meaning to "Easter grass" on Sunday. Jonge-Dundas Square was the smoky site for Toronto's eighth annual 4/20 demonstration, a global event pushing for the legalization of pot.
In Canada, groups in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Halifax all took a hit from a joint at 4:20 p.m. in their times zones to show solidarity for the April 20th pro-pot rallies.
"I'm optimistic marijuana will be legal in my lifetime. People said it wouldn't, but things are moving forward in places," Toronto 4/20 organizer Chris Goodwin said, pointing to the fact that pot was recently legalized in Colorado and Washington state.
"We started out with a dozen people and now we get thousands of people who are motivated for meaningful change."
Some critics of marijuana say it is a gateway drug that is as dangerous as heroin. "There is no scientific evidence that it is a gateway drug," fellow organizer Matt Mernagh said. "The dealer is the gateway. The illegal market dealer doesn't check ID and young kids can get it."
Although federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay has said no to legalization, the 4/20 group is pleased that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in favour of ending the pot prohibition and that former Ontario health minister George Smitherman has applied for a licence to become a medical marijuana producer.
"I think it is awesome when politicians get on board and I think it is all because of these rallies," Mernagh said. And what would a pro-pot rally be without some political jokes, with Mayor Rob Ford being the butt of one or two. "When he is running from the drug cops, it's just Etobicoke's version of Baywatch," one comedian said on the main stage.
Upwards of 50 Toronto Police officers were on hand to monitor the rally. One sergeant said they were keeping to the sidewalk perimeter to avoid second-hand smoke.
Organizers said 1,200 free joints were handed out, and baked goods were also on hand. Attendees were warned to pace themselves as it woul be unclear how potent a brownie or cookie could be and it was going to be a long rally (THE TORONTO SUN, Monday, April 21, 2014).
00:08 Hrs. Budzi mnie siusiu + 250 mg magnezu.
06:40 Hrs. Czestuje sie ze skrzynki na chodniku "Metro" Na okladce fotka z Torontonskiej celebracji swieta marihuany 4/20.
A WEED THAT KEEPS GROWING
Thousands of pro-pot activists gather at Yonge-Dundas Square to protest the criminalization of cannabis. The legalization of marijuana in two U.S. states, as well as police officials and politicians here arguing recently for decriminalization, have buoyed the movement into the mainstream conversation. KEITH BEATY/TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE (METRO, Monday, April 21, 2014).