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On Saturday 6th May we attended the Cardiff Global Cannabis March 2017. The event attracted hundreds of protesters who marched through Cardiff City to protest for our right to consume cannabis.

Attracting people from across the UK, the Cardiff Global Cannabis March was organised by Cardiff Cannabis Social Club, and last week saw the 7th annual event which has been running since 2010.

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A banner spotted at the event

The day kicked off in a park just outside the City centre at 1pm. After a quick smoke, we set off on the March which went all through the City.

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Marching through the city centre

We marched, picking up supporters along the way – it was great to see so many people being vocal about the benefits of cannabis.

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Two protesters stop to roll a joint on the way

We spent some time both at the front of and amongst the crowd as we drifted behind to take photos – the march moved on continuously at quite a fast pace.

Marching through the city

Lots of shouts including “Free the Weed” and “Legalise cannabis” could be heard throughout the protest. The march also stopped traffic on several occasions, but most people didn’t seem to mind much.

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A bus waits to let the march go past

We then arrived at the final location where some stalls were set up and there was music, a stage area and a DJ.

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There were a few musical acts at the Cardiff Global Cannabis March 2017

There were several musical acts and speakers on throughout the rest of the afternoon which was great as it allowed the crowd to sit down and enjoy some entertainment after a long march through the city.

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Callie Woo and Jeff Ditchfield at the Cardiff Global Cannabis March 2017

Overall we had a great time at the Cardiff Global Cannabis March 2017 and are looking forward to attending again next year. It was great to see this energy and level of protest, and we wish that there would be protest events like this all across the country – a lot of awareness was raised during the march.

There was also no issues with police or locals throughout the day, both during the march and after, which shows that it’s possible to have a large number of people marching for cannabis legalisation without causing any trouble.

We look forward to attending the Cardiff Global Cannabis March 2017 again next year!

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Tyler Green and Sy Dignam at the Cardiff Global Cannabis March 2017

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