The Event begins at 11 am with a pro-legalization speak-out at the assembly point at W. 31 St. and Broadway. State Senator Jesse Hamilton and Council Member Jumaane Williams will be among the speakers at W. 31 St. At 12:30 pm, the parade marches down Broadway to Union Square Park, with speakers and music starting at 1 pm in the park and continuing until 5 pm.
“Nine states and the District of Columbia have decided to legalize and regulate marijuana,” said Senator Jesse Hamilton. “By joining these states, New York would allow law enforcement to prioritize real public protection needs. Alongside broken windows policing, our outdated marijuana laws direct police resources, court time and the justice system’s authority at people who are not violent, not dangerous and do not pose a threat to the public. We must continue to work towards the day that New York rejects the deeply flawed policies of the past, embraces sensible reform and passes the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act.”
The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act is currently being considered by the New York State legislature.
“We must expand out medical marijuana program to include all those who can benefit from its use,” added Council Member Jumaane Williams. “We also should rapidly move towards the full legalization of marijuana, expunge state criminal records of past users and create a pathway for all New Yorkers to benefit economically from this industry, not just a select few chosen by the Governor.”
Additional speakers and performers include:
• Stuart Appelbaum, President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers (RWDSU)
• Sander Hicks, Green Party candidate for Senator
• Anthony Beckford, Green Party candidate for City Council
• Immortal Technique
• Dana Beal, Founder, Global Marijuana March, Co-Founder, Cures Not Wars
• Lord Digga da Highsman
• Real One
• Davey Fresh
• Ismael Levi
• Comedian Rob Cantrell
The Event’s emcees are the Cannabis Cultural Association’s Jake Plowden, Nelson Guerrero, Amanda Reyes and Joseph A. Bondy. The NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally’s Coalition Partners include Drug Policy Alliance, Women Grow NYC, Empire State NORML, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Hemp Industry Association, Patients Out of Time, Marijuana Business Association and the Green Party of New York State. The Event sponsors are the Dutch company Sensi Seeds, and Etain Health, one of New York’s medical cannabis providers with dispensaries in Manhattan (142 E. 39 St.), Yonkers and Kingston.
The Event was founded by the Yippies (Youth International Party) in 1971. It has served as the flagship for the multi-decade mass movement for cannabis legalization and has taken place in various locations around the city over the years, including Washington Square Park, Battery Park and Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The Event moved to Union Square Park in 2012. The mission of the Event is to promote marijuana legalization federally and specifically in the New York Metro area, end discriminatory arrest practices and the mass incarceration of citizens and improve the state’s overly restricted medical cannabis program. The NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally is the founding chapter of the Global Marijuana March, which takes place in hundreds of cities in the U.S. and around the world in May and June.
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