Advocates Call For Marijuana Legalization At Washington Square Park Weekend Rally


CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Advocates of marijuana legalization rallied in Washington Square Park this weekend, for what they called a “massive action of civil disobedience.”

The rally, which is held annually, culminated in a 4:20 p.m. “smokeout,” in which attendees openly smoked marijuana in the park.

“Marijuana is a natural plant that grows in the ground. There is no reason why it should be illegal,” marijuana legalization advocates said in Facebook post for the event. “All it does is make people hungry and lazy. Is that really so bad?”

Some of the participants, as well as police officers coming to the scene, were captured on photo for the Village Voice. It was not immediately learned if there were any arrests.

Marijuana is not legal for recreational or medical purposes in New York State, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg this past winter announced a policy change in which the city would stop…

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