Pubdate: Wed, 05 Apr 2000
Date: 04/05/2000
Source: World, The (VT)
Author: Rama O.A. Schneider

Several local committees of the Vermont Grassroots Party will be
hosting an event to provide education about and advocacy for the
legalization of cannabis. The rally is scheduled for Saturday, May 6,
from noon-4 p.m. on the State House lawn in Montpelier.

The Millennium Marijuana March, as this year's gathering is called, is
an international affair involving gatherings from New York City and
Washington, D.C. to San Francisco and Seattle as well as Amsterdam,
Belgium to Auckland, New Zealand. The annual event is an offshoot of
over 30 years marching, protesting and pushing for legalization of the
cannabis plant by many groups. More information may be had on the web
by visiting

This drug and alcohol free event is meant to be family friendly with
good music, speackers, fun and plenty of time to network with those of
like minds. Kicking off the festivities at noon will be the rock/blues
band "Pickled Beats" after which an hour is set aside for speakers on
a variety of subjects.

Speakers will be from 1-2 p.m. (come on, you can handle one hour).
We're expecting politicians to talk about lawmaking efforts and state
police representatives to discuss concerns from the law enforcement
view. Most importantly will be folks arguing for the need to end the
cannabis prohibition so folks may grow industrial hemp, use marijuana
for medicinal purposes and relax in the privacy of one's home in a
socially non-intrusive manner.

There is no charge to attend the Millennium Marijuana March, but if
you plan to eat bring your own food.

Please note that absolutely no commercial activity is allowed on the
State House grounds per instruction of Buildings and General Services
Commissioner Torti.

Rama O.A. Schneider,