Hungary - The Kendermag Egyesület (Hempseed Society) staged a demonstration in front of the Finance Ministry and Parliament for the legalization of marijuana on Sunday afternoon. Only a few activists turned up while police turned out in force.

The society brandished a poster backing the legalization of the sale of marijuana depicting a Ft 60 billion bank note, explaining that the authorities could levy an excise tax on marijuana that would generate Ft 60 billion for the budget each year. After no one at the ministry accepted their proposal, the demonstrators marched to Parliament, where they presented a list of demands on the legalization of marijuana consumption to the House civil affairs office head.

Several counter demonstrators meanwhile firmly expressed their opinions against drugs. No disturbances were reported but the counter demonstrators harangued the police officer in charge, who said the demonstration had not been announced in advance.

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