Last Saturday, German’s most passionate cannabis activists hosted the Hanfparade (Hemp Parade) for the 21st time since 1997.
An estimated 2,000 participants joined the 2017 Hanfparade, proudly marching through the streets of Berlin under the motto “Breiter kommt weiter” (“The wider our range, the bigger our progress”). Even with attendance slightly down from last year’s event — the largest German legalization demonstration to date — the mood was electric and the event set a colorful, loud, and hopeful sign for the legalization of cannabis in an influential European nation.
The event kicked off at 10 a.m. in Washington Square, right at the main station in Berlin. Poor weather at the onset failed to disturb the high spirits aboard the Weedmaps bus or among the demonstrators on foot.
The crowd enjoyed speeches by elected officials and activists, as well as various musical contributions that set the tone for a peaceful and cheerful demonstration at the central station before setting off for the march shortly after 2 p.m.
Accompanied by booming basses of music, loud slogans, and many creative posters, the participants walked passed the Chancellery and the…