#420 | Legends of the Fame Blazes Trails at Toronto’s Global Marijuana March [Article/Video]
Toronto, ON – The thirteenth annual Global Marijuana March took place this Saturday, drawing tens of thousands to Toronto’s hazy festivities at Queen’s Park. Legends of the Fame met up with DJ Soundskan to hit up Canada’s largest session with a QP (Quality Pitch, that is) of the city’s trading cards from the Great Canadian Hip-Hop Card Collection.
Thousands of Toronto’s First and Second Edition packs were put into rotation alongside the myriad of spliffs, bongs and blunts being passed around the park. The mission of the afternoon, of course, was to traffic as many cards as necessary to get the city buzzing on Toronto Hip-Hop. Dozens of local emcees turned out to puff, puff and pass on their support for the cause, with event attendees spotting the likes of Mindbender Supreme, Nyiam, Advent Children and Archduke. DJ Soundskan was on the front line of the march, ready to engage in all-out guerrilla distribution. Despite his reputation of moving the crowd, the Toronto-based deejay actually stopped the crowd as he was mobbed by throngs of marchers wanting to get their hands on their own
The event, which coincided with the city’s Freedom Festival, is a global celebration of cannabis culture. Propelled by a rally to legalize the herb, the peaceful protest of Canada’s unfair pot laws is designed to draw positive attention to the many benefits of marijuana use. The controversy rolled up in the weed debate was sparked further this past month as an Ontario judge dubbed the country’s pot laws unconstitutional following the now-iconic Matt Mernagh case. Now one step closer to the “true North, strong and free” described in the national anthem, Canadians may soon begin adopting Saturday’s “O Cannabis” as a more fitting admonition of allegiance.
Despite a low turnout at polling stations last week, the success of the Global Marijuana March in Toronto is proof that the so-called Screwface Capital isn’t as apathetic as its reputation suggests. It’s unanimous: We Canadians are serious about our kush and our hip-hop, at least by consensus of this weekend’s Legends of the Fame webisode. If you missed the march, peep the footage to get a feel for the buzz, though that may be tough without all the smoke swirling overhead.
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Written by Kristen A. Shouli