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Activists march along Avenida Reforma in Mexico City in 2017 demand the depenalization of marijuana. Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

Mérida, Yucatán — Six organizing organizations hope to gather some 1,500 people today (Saturday) who will march in favor of legalized marijuana in Mexico.

The rally, which begins at 4:20 p.m. at the Monumento a la Patria, is one of dozens planned across the country.

With a slogan that translates to “Legal cannabis, cultivation now!” the organizations Delta 9, Cáñamo, La Dosis AC, Movimiento Canábico Mexicano, AMECA and Cannabis México have joined forces.

In its eighteenth edition, this march seeks to draw the attention of the public for the awareness and approval of this drug, as other countries have done.

Manuel Contreras, a member of the Delta 9 group, pointed out that scientific studies have verified marijuana’s medical capabilities.

Attendees are asked to wear costumes and bring banners and balloons. Non-citizens are forbidden from taking part in any political protest.

Contreras said that he is seeking greater dialog about a product that has been reviled and persecuted by the authorities.

He said that the demonstration will be peaceful, respectful and festive and the fundamental objective is to change the law and not infringe it.

The groups hope to gather some 1,500 attendees to this walk that will close at the Remate de Paseo de Montejo at approximately 7 p.m.

The rally will have to be cleared quickly to make way for Noche Mexicana at 8.

“The most important thing is for society to understand the value of this medicinal product, the condition of the people who smoke and the possibility of issuing a declaration of legality, which would reduce the persecution, abuse and intolerance of the authorities against people who consume this product,” he said.

Source: La Jornada Maya

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