On July 25, 2016, activists marched down the streets of Philadelphia toward the Democratic National Convention with a 51-foot inflatable joint in tow to advocate for the legalization of marijuana. Emblazoned on one side of the joint is the message “Berned by the DNC,” while the other side reads “Hillary, deschedule cannabis now.”
But while the main message of the march may seem confrontational, the Philly Voice reports that activists see the demonstration as one part protest, one part celebration.
“Removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act was, three years ago, a very radical position. Now, Bernie Sanders has a bill in the Senate about it, and the party is seriously considering it,” said Chris Goldstein, a member of Philly NORML. “Are we protesting or are we out there cheering them on?”
Earlier this month, the Democratic Party adopted language into its party platform that calls for a “pathway forward” for legalization. During the convention this week, activists with Philly NORML plan to take part in a series of rallies to raise legalization awareness and to call for an end to the federal prohibition of marijuana.