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German Authorities Shut Down Planned Cannabis Rally

Posted on  September 10, 2012 by  News Admin

 Rally Would Likely Have Been Largest Cannabis Demonstration In German History A cannabis demonstration and parade planned for Saturday in Cologne, Germany -- which was shaping up to be the largest marijuana protest ever held in Germany -- is being shut down at the last minute by the Versammlungsbehörde, a local government office that oversees public gatherings. "This is the first time a pro-cannabis march has been planned for Cologne, which is located in the most populous area of Germany," Daniel S. of Duisburg, Germany, told Toke of the Town on Wednesday morning. (Dan in no way speaks for the parade or any associated organizations; he just happens to live nearby and knows some people involved in the parade's planning.) The march was shaping up to possibly be the largest demonstration of its kind ever in Germany, thanks in large part to a positive response on Facebook and word-of-mouth advertising. Planned speakers included Lars Scheimann, the first German citizen to be granted a medical marijuana card to treat his Tourette's and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Scheimann has since helped more than 60 other people get similar approval for medicinal cannabis to treat various conditions through his organization, "Cannabis Als Medizin" (Cannabis As Medicine). The explanation offered for shutting down the event seemed a flimsy pretext. Germany normally protects free speech, even allowing Nazi sympathizers to hold marches. Government authorities claimed that because the event has used sponsors to defer the costs and is displaying the sponsors' logos on flyers and...