Freedom Festival

So, Saturday I went to the Freedom Festival held here in Toronto. Basically the festival is a gathering of like-minded people coming together to express their rights and freedoms - And to primarily protest the marijuana laws.

Writing a blog on marijuana... the ganja... the green.. reefer... Ol' Mj... or whatever is interesting because I know it's going to spark considerably more interest than most topics. Well, hey! It is a group of around 40,000 people breaking the law together! Hell yeah!

I personally found it interesting based on the pure mass of people that came out to the event. To have that many people come out and openly break a law in such a welcoming, positive manner was really nice to see.

Both the Freedom Festival and the Marijuana March have a long track record of holding arrest free events which, too me, makes the message even stronger. That marijuana doesn't actually make people psychotic lunatics (See Reefer Madness) and that the legalization of marijuana may not be such a bad thing.

With the festival comes a whole party of things to check out. Various stages playing music of many sorts, amazing food, public speakers, and "good vibes". I can say it all makes for a damn good day.

For more information you can check out both websites.

http://www.torontofreedomfestival.com/

http://globalmarijuanamarch.ca/

Okay, now about the photos.

The Marijuana March consisted of thousands of people marching downtown Toronto openly wielding the green and various smoking devices.

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A big attraction to the march was having the proclaimed "Prince Of Pot" in attendance. Marc Emery is a popular "Canadian Cannabis Advocate" who is up to be extradited to the United States. In his powerful speech he discussed the various freedoms of smoking Marijuana, the extradition and how everyone needs to help fight it, discussed outlooks on if Marijuana was actually legalized... and well... got a huge group of high people really amped up.

More on Marc Emery...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Emery

His Magazine... http://www.cannabisculture.com/v2/articles/4639.html

Him...

Marc Emery - Freedom Festival

Yep... Look! Various people having fun...

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And of coarse a bunch of amazing musicians. You can check them all out at http://www.torontofreedomfestival.com/indexMain.shtml

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Oh... FOOOOD!

Freedom Festival

Okay, as usual there's more photos from the day over at my flickr page....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dylanleeder/sets/72157623995185316/

Yep. So, thanks for checking it all out. I'd love to hear some of your feedback!

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