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The Global Marijuana March is an annual rally held at different locations across the planet. It refers to cannabis-related events that occur on the first Saturday in May, and feature marches, rallies, concerts, and festivals. It began in 1999, and around 600 different cities worldwide have signed up since. Local names for the event include J-Day, the Million Marijuana March, World Cannabis Day, and Cannabis Liberation Day.

The Global Marijuana March is a celebration embracing cannabis culture as a personal lifestyle choice. Participants unite to discuss, promote, entertain and educate both consumers and non-consumers alike.

The rally at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Canada is a city tradition since the first J Day. In 2010 over 40,000 people came to the rally. Regina in Saskatchewan has also held an event the first Saturday of May since 1999. The event features live music mixed with speakers on various topics.

J-Day in Dunedin, New Zealand is celebrated in the city’s centre of town, The Octagon, on the first Saturday of May from ‘High Noon’ until 4:20 pm. Dunedin is chronologically the first city in the world to host any GMM event. Named ‘4:20 Extreme,’ local participants climb the famous Baldwin Street to meet at the top by 4:20 am.

Dunedin became famous for its J-Day festivities in 2003 when around 50 activists marched to the Central Dunedin Police Station, where they planted cannabis plants and smoked cannabis in the main foyer as acts of protest. The event was given considerable national and international media attention as no arrests were made. The Central Dunedin Police Station was hot-boxed again on J-Day in 2004 by over 100 activists, again with no arrests. The police told the local media, ‘We had more important things to do.’

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