MADISON: The Madison Wisconsin version of a global set of cannabis freedom rallies and marches that spans hundreds of cities around the world has been rescheduled to Saturday April 30.

The Global Cannabis March will now be held on Saturday April 30, which is the same day of the Mifflin Street Block Party, the traditional end point of the cannabis march.

Facebook page created by the event organizers, Madison NORML, says attendees should gather at the Capitol between 11am and 12am. After a rally, the march will head down State St. around 1pm.  The exact gathering spot at the Capitol is TBA as of this writing.

As in the last several years, marchers will proceed down State St. and campus area streets to another Madison spring tradition, the Mifflin St. Block Party, where they will disperse after marching through the crowds.

The idea for these coordinated global marches came fromDana Beal of the New York City based Cures Not Warsmedical cannabis advocacy group. Beal will likely be in Wisconsin on April 30, but will not be attending the march as he has been sitting in the Iowa County jail for several months awaiting trial after a January 2011 traffic stop found him and a driver in a car with a quantity of what Beal says was medical cannabis intended for compassion clubs in Michigan and New York City.


Beal’s link to Wisconsin dates back to the early 1970s. As reported here last year, the first Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival was a protest rally for Beal, who was then in jail in Wisconsin for cannabis.

Organizers say that is why they will be marching – that cannabis prohibition is not just counterproductive and illogical, but an outdated relic that now curtails everyone’s freedom, whether they use cannabis or not.


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