Hundreds of pot enthusiasts gathered outside the Manitoba Legislature to participate in the annual 420 celebrations.
It’s a day pot smokers can gather and toke up freely. The day is also about protesting the laws governing marijuana use in our country.
“People don’t really understand what we’re doing here other than smoking cannabis in front of cops and getting away with it. There’s a little bit more to it than that, people don’t quite understand we’ve been fighting for the right to use this product for a really long time,” says one pot advocate.
Cannabis users have a lot of celebrate today. On the annual day of celebration for weed lovers, the federal government announced it will introduce legislation to legalize marijuana next spring. Health Minister Jane Philpott didn’t offer any further details. But says the government is convinced it is the best way to protect youth while enhancing public safety.
People attending the 420 celebrations feel by legalizing it, there will be less crime.
“Billions of dollars are being funneled into criminal organizations that then create crime with how they sell their drugs. Kids now have easier access to a joint then they do to a beer.”
People started blazing up outside the Legislature around noon, which was followed by a march led by police.