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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Chronic City: Goin' To A Party, Party -- Global Marijuana March 2009

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 7:30 AM

Courtesy Global Marijuana March
  • Courtesy Global Marijuana March
Got plans for this weekend? Well, cancel 'em. Have I got a party for you!

It's time, once again, for the Global Marijuana March, a worldwide event held the first Saturday in May since 2005. An estimated 15,000 revelers are expected to attend the San Francisco edition, which has been a time-honored tradition here for 15 years, predating the global event by more than a decade.

Sure, mainstream media might give you the impression that grassroots (see what I did there?) street activism of the sort represented by the Marijuana March is a thing of the past -- and certainly, counterculture protests and demonstrations are a proud and storied part of our history in the City on the Bay.

But the marijuana legalization movement is stronger than ever. A solid majority of Californians (and an even larger majority of San Franciscans) now support removing all criminal penalties for the herb, and cannabis activists have momentum on their side according to almost any knowledgeable observer of the scene.

If you've ever attended a pot rally, I don't have to tell you what a positive rush such a gathering of the kind tribes can bring. There's nothing like a group of like-minded hempsters united by a common purpose to put a smile on your face, a song in your heart, and a buzz in your brain. If this will be your first time, don't worry -- you won't find a gentler, friendlier, more mellow crowd anywhere.

San Francisco Cannabis Day, Saturday, May 2, 2009

The March:

The 16th annual San Francisco celebration of cannabis/marijuana will

feature a march around the Civic Center Plaza from 12:00-12:30pm with

flags, balloons and hand drums encouraged!

The Music: Free

to the public at Joseph Alioto Plaza, SF (AKA Civic Center Plaza -

across from SF City Hall). Live music starts at 1 p.m., right after the

Annual Marijuana March.  The festival will feature notable speakers

(including Guru of Ganja Ed Rosenthal, Dr. Michael Aldrich, Michelle

Aldrich, Lynnette Monteton Shaw, and others TBA), music (featuring

Nick Gravenites & Animal Mind, The Mermen, The Pyrx Band, Bluesetta

Band, The Miles Schon Band, and special guests) along with  more than

30 booths featuring hemp products as well as food.

The Marijuana: The SF non-smoking ordinance will be strictly enforced at the Plaza. However,

there will be special Compassion Tent accommodations available for

those with valid medical cannabis IDs or doctor's notes.


Saturday, May 2, 2009


12:00 PM - 6:30 PM


Civic Center Plaza

355 McAllister Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

For additional details, visit:

SF Global Marijuana March

San Francisco Cannabis Clubs

Global Marijuana March 2009

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