Saturday May 21st was the only sunny day last week in Philadelphia. The weather was a blessing for the crowd of about 1,000 people who participated in the annual Cannabis Peace March on South Street. PhillyNORML organizes the local demonstration that enjoys one of the best attended marijuana marches in the country. Similar events took place in over 300 cities.
Police and marchers showed mutual respect; there were no incidents or arrests. The message of marijuana legalization rang out in the city where the roots of American government were planted.
Here are some photos and short video clips. Check back at Freedomisgreen.com for more posts about the event.
Crowd gathers at Broad and South for the 2011 Philly marijuana march - by Ken Wolski
Marcher holding a volunteer-crafted sign - by Ken Wolski
VIDEO1 - march underway
VIDEO2 — march middle
Video 3- Primate Fiasco band with march at 3rd and South
Chris Goldstein is a respected marijuana reform advocate. As a writer and radio broadcaster he has been covering cannabis news for over a decade. He volunteers with local groups to change prohibition laws including PhillyNORML and The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey.