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UK: Hundreds set to march through Cardiff in favour of cannabis legalisation
Thursday 27 Apr 2017
Hundreds of people are set to march through Cardiff next month in favour of legalising class B drug cannabis.
Organised by the Cardiff Cannabis Social Club, the march, which will be held on May 6, also aims to destigmatise the substance.
One of the organisers, Alistar Burrell, said: “There are quite a few reasons to hold the march, but the right to grow is definitely up there with one of the main ones.
“The stigma attached to cannabis is also one of the main ones.
“We are looking for the full decriminalisation of cannabis, and the introduction of dispensaries - as not everyone is able to grow their own.”
The march is organised by the Cardiff Cannabis Social Club with the help of several other cannabis campaign groups.
"Need a safe place to source it"
Fellow organiser Jo Moss, 51, from Gloucestershire, said: “At the moment there is a massive medical need and most people resort to going to the street dealers, and that’s not what anyone wants.
“They need a safe place to source it and to take it out of the hands of the black market.”
Alistar, from Bristol, said their group would like to see a Spanish style approach, with clubs or associations of people who grow their own cannabis for their personal use and then can distribute any surplus.
He said: “One of the issues is that if someone does have an issue with their consumption they feel like they can’t really talk about it because of the stigma, which doesn’t help anyone.”
A number of people will speak at the march, including Jeff Ditchfield who helps families with children who benefit from medical cannabis.
Marchers will assemble at 12pm at Alexandra Gardens, Cathays Park, and will set off at 1pm.
They will make their way through the city passing through Queen Street and in front of the central library, finishing in Hamadryad Park at around 3pm.
The Cardiff march is part of the wider Global Marijuana March, normally held on the first Saturday in May across the world.
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