OTTAWA - They came, they smoked - they got the munchies.

More than 1,000 people gathered on Parliament Hill today to mark 4/20 - a counter-culture celebration of marijuana and a protest against pot laws. It's one of many such gatherings held across Canada and around the world each April 20.

Despite a Conservative government bent on punishing illegal drug use, many people openly puffed on the front lawn of Parliament as Mounties watched from a distance.

Francis Pham, a student from Winnipeg, urged Canada's politicians to embrace marijuana use as a social norm rather than denouncing it as a harmful substance.