The march took place as part of the 19th annual Hanfparade (hemp parade). Participants of the rally demanded the legalization of cannabis for medical, alternative energy and recreational purposes. They were joined by lawmakers from the Green Party, including MP Lisa Paus, who says that Germany’s ban on cannabis has “completely failed.”
The march started at Berlin’s central train station, and continued to the Brandenburg Gate where live music was playing alongside a row of booths selling hemp products and food.
It’s estimated that there are 3 million people in Germany who consume cannabis on a regular basis. The government spend more than 1 bill euros annually to uphold cannabis prohibition.