March for Legalization in Idaho – The 18th Annual Global Marijuana March Returns to Boise

This Saturday!! May, 6th 2017 –

Local cannabis reform activists and supporters will once again unite in Boise to participate in the 18th annual Global Marijuana March. 

The Global Marijuana March (GMM) refers to cannabis related events and rallies that are held at different locations across the world and always occur on the first Saturday in May, or thereabouts. Also known as the Million Marijuana March (MMM), the first official GMM began in 1999, as a protest against Anti-marijuana laws. The event was organized in New York City, NY, by a prominent Cannabis activist, Dana Beal-, who is also an active proponent of ibogaine as an addiction interrupter and cure for drug addiction.

The first official event attracted thousands of people to flood the streets of New York City in protest.

The 1st Boise Global Marijuana March – 2004     @ Boise City Hall

Annual events sprouted across the globe and quickly grew into the largest coordinated push for legalization in the world. Over the last 18 years, hundreds of thousands of people have participated in local events, held in over 829 different cities in 72 countries, worldwide – including in Boise, Idaho, which first joined in 2004.

In 2009, Dana Beal, along with other activists on their way back from a NORML Conference in California, was arrested in Nebraska and charged with possession with intent to distribute and possession with intent to deliver 150 lbs. of marijuana.

He was arrested again in Wisconsin in 2011 with over 186 lbs of marijuana.

Beal argued that he was helping to provide access to medical patients. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years incarceration, and then shipped to Nebraska for trial on the 2009 charges. There, he was sentenced to 4-6 years in prison, but was given compassionate early release after suffering a heart attack behind bars in 2014.

With it’s organizer no longer available, the event was saved by a new group of activists and the NYC Event was renamed the NYC Cannabis Parade. The new activists turned the event into a celebration of cannabis culture in NYC with a nearly 20 block parade and 4 hour rally. In 2014, Organizers stated that there has not been a recorded arrest for possession or use for over 4 years. “We have zero arrests, and we don’t plan on having any,” one sergeant told a New York Post reporter. Advocates praised law enforcement’s stance as the latest indication that New York was slowly inching toward decriminalization.

New York legalized medical marijuana in 2014, and just as recently as January 2017,  decriminalization was proposed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said New York state should remove “the criminal penalties that too often result in the over-prosecution and jailing of nonviolent individuals.”

The Global Marijuana March tradition continues on through activist efforts across the globe.

Boise Global Marijuana March 2010

You can show your support for legalization in Idaho by joining 300+ cities around the world
this Saturday for the 18th annual Global Marijuana March!

IN BOISE – Saturday, May 6th, – 700 S. Capitol Blvd. 

Learn more at the Facebook Event Page and follow Boise Global Marijuana March on Facebook!

Bring a sign and your walking shoes!

Rally begins at 1pm on Capitol Blvd in front of the Art Museum and Public Library.

The March begins @ 4pm, north down Capitol Blvd, with speakers at the Capitol building at 4:20!

The current medical marijuana petition, the Idaho Medical Marijuana Act, will be available at both locations for registered voters to sign.

Hope to see you there!!

 

 

 

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