Cannabis Fans Gather To Call For Legalization In International Celebration Of Weed

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Smoking joints through pineapples and watermelons are just some of the creative ways people have been marking the Global Marijuana March.

The celebration of all things cannabis has seen festivities taking place across the world on Saturday.

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People took to the streets to openly profess their love of weed in New York City, Mexico City, and various cities across South America.

The Global Marijuana March, which normally occurs on the first weekend in May, serves as a call to legalize cannabis.

Chants of ‘legalize don’t demonize’ were among those heard on Saturday as enthusiasts came together to celebrate the drug.

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Photos from across the globe show how people marked the big day.

Some smoked out of gas masks, others chose pieces of fruit, and some used their bodies as art to promote the legalization of cannabis as a recreational drug.

Legalization is not something that is expected to happen in the UK any time soon.

In response to an online petition calling for its use to be decriminalized, the Home Office said: ‘There is a substantial body of scientific and medical evidence to show that controlled drugs, such as cannabis, are harmful and can damage people’s mental and physical health, and our wider communities.

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‘The evidence from the Government’s independent experts, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (‘ACMD’), is that the use of cannabis is a “significant public health issue and can unquestionably cause harm to individuals and society”.

‘The ACMD’s most recent advice on cannabis is set out in its 2008 report.

‘The legalization of cannabis would send the wrong message to the vast majority of people who do not take drugs, especially young and vulnerable people, with the potential grave risk of increased misuse of drugs.

‘It would not eliminate the crime committed by the illicit trade, nor would it address the harms associated with drug dependence and the misery this can cause to families and society.’