May 6, 2007

be careful california, soon no drinking and no talking

Once in a while I’ll haphazardly bungle onto Canadian news and get zapped by a bit of culture shock:

That smoky haze above the park just north of the Legislature was from the thousands of people who sparked up joints as part of the Toronto Freedom Festival and Global Marijuana March, “a celebration of all things marijuana,” as one organizer described it.

The park was jammed with tokers who gathered to make a collective case for the legalization of pot, under the watch of Toronto police, who ringed the periphery and herded some marchers through downtown streets, but otherwise let the crowd blast off and didn’t arrest anyone.

A police news release prior to the event said they expected a crowd of 10,000 to 12,000, which may have underestimated the actual attendance. Officers at the scene didn’t want to guess at the crowd size.
The star

In California people wouldn’t be allowed to march while smoking cigarettes.

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  1. Actually, every year on April 20th (4/20), thousands of UCSC students gather on one of the largest lawns to toke up in a huge group. It’s happened for years and the cops never get heavily involved, save for doing exactly what the Toronto police did in this case. Granted, UCSC is a very unique bastion in California, but at least there it does still happen in our fair state.

    As for the cigarette march though, I think you’re absolutely right, that would get shut down in a heartbeat. :D

    Comment by Ryan — May 7, 2007 @ 9:54 am

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