Saturday, May 01, 2004
The Million Marijuana March
Today was the day. On Saturday, May 1, 2004, over 100 “Million Marijuana Marches” (MMM’s) to protest cannabis prohibition were expected in cities around the world. I have no idea how many actually took place. I do know though that it was not supposed to take place in Moscow, Russia. This is not due to the lack of anti-prohibition activists in Moscow, but because the Moscow authorities banned the MMM. Curiously, according to Nikolaj Khramov, secretary of the movement "Russian Radicals" the March was not allowed because it would have been a "violation of the Declaration of rights and freedoms of a citizen." (About 30 years ago, when I still lived in Russia, I would have said that such logic was possible only in Russia and perhaps other socialist countries. But nowadays I know better. See this, for example.) Mr. Khramov also called this ban on the March “one more evident manifestation of the stupid, medieval, fascist prohibitionism.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.