Prague’s annual Million Marihuana March takes place today, May 4, and starts at 12:30 pm at Karlovo náměstí. The march, which attracts thousands of people hand has several music trucks, will go through the city center and end up in Štvanice ostrov.
There is a large program with live music, DJs and seminars on the island from 2:30 pm to 10 pm.
The purpose behind the march is to encourage the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational uses, and the draw attention to the what organizers call the absurdity of the current laws and the problems with prohibition. The event is hosted by Magazin Legalizace and Legalizace.cz.
The event offers not only political discussion, lectures and interesting workshops, but also a rich program on several podiums, a non-profit sector and a program for children.
Marihuana is legal for the treatment of certain medical conditions but possession of more than a small amount is still an offence. The law says possession of up to 15 grams of dry cannabis for personal use, or cultivation of up to five plants, is a misdemeanor with a fine of up to Kč 15,000, but fines are usually lower. Possession of larger amounts can lead to a jail sentence of one year. Trafficking has a maximum penalty set at 18 years.