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.