NYC Cannabis Parade/
Global Marijuana March

Saturday May 6th, 2017


NYC Cannabis Parade & Founding Chapter of the Global Marijuana March Leads Worldwide Day of Advocacy and Entertainment
(NEW YORK, NY) — The Global Marijuana March (GMM) — born in New York City as the first annual pro-cannabis event and since expanded to hundreds of different cities in dozens of countries worldwide since 1999 — happens here as the NYC Cannabis Parade on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

With a majority of all Americans now in favor of some form of legalized cannabis use, the NYC Cannabis Parade is an opportunity for New Yorkers to demand their voices be heard. The NYC Cannabis Parade and its supporters will gather in Midtown and walk, chant, sing and march down to Union Square for a day of activism, celebration and entertainment. The Parade assembly will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the intersection of West 31st and Broadway, with speakers and an MC, before beginning its march down Broadway towards Union Square at 12:30 p.m.

The rally at Union Square’s South Plaza from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. will consist of a mix of activism, speakers, music and other entertainment, including The Temple Dragon Band performing with GrandMaster Caz, Chief Rocker Busy Bee, and Fantuzzi; Rockness (of Heltah Skeltah); Lord Digga Da Heisman; Ishmael Levi; Squala Orphan; All My Friends Are Stars; and The Lower Eastside Band. The full lineup of emcees and speakers at both Midtown and Union Square can be seen at

“The national movement to legalize cannabis is continuing the fight against prohibitionist forces inside and outside the federal government,” says parade co-organizer Noah Potter. “The NYC Cannabis Parade is showing our elected officials that there is popular support for legalization in New York, and demanding that they affirmatively move forward legislation now pending in Albany and Washington.”

The legislation to which Potter is referring includes the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (A3506 and S3040) currently in committee in both the NYS Senate and Assembly, which creates a legal (and taxable) framework for cannabis use in New York State, and the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act (H.R.1841), introduced in the US House of Representatives earlier this year, among others.

The NYC Cannabis Parade is a four-decade old original New York City tradition, part of the city’s classic heritage of cutting-edge progressive movements and protest advocacy. It is perhaps the world’s longest-running outdoor public event demanding full cannabis legalization, and 20 years ago launched the Global Marijuana March, now taking place in hundreds of cities around the world on the first Saturday of every May.

The NYC Cannabis Parade is proudly sponsored by Sensi Seeds from Amsterdam ( and Weedmaps (

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GVM Communications, Gia Morớn; Type A Media, Tracey Henry & Brenda Loughery

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