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Hanfparade in Berlin Virtual Event
August 8, 2020
In our previous news, we still assumed that the Hanfparade 2020 would take place as planned. Still, the clearer the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic and the time frame of the state of emergency became, the clearer it became to us as an organizing team that we can not make plans in this uncertain situation. Contracts for stage construction, bands, stands, etc. should now be closed, and it is still not at all certain whether the Hanfparade as a large demonstration march with parade trucks, opening and closing rally, stage, stands and tens of thousands of participants could take place this year.
Therefore, the next Hanfparade will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2020, on the Internet.
It traditionally starts at noon. The Livestream will be shown on our website (www.hanfparade.de).
Just like a “real” Hanfparade, there will be a colorful quality program with speakers, music, and information. However, it will not be a march through Berlin, a march through the Internet. This year, our speakers will not be on a large stage in Berlin but will speak with live video or prepare a contribution. The participants in this year’s Hanfparade; that is, the stream audience can interact and comment live.
We are aware that this cannot replace a real Hanfparade. That is why we are already planning the Hanfparade 2021 as it should be: as a huge demonstration on the street. More on this soon.
The Hanfparade 2021 as a political demonstration with a stage stands, the big parade with parade trucks through the city center, and hopefully many tens of thousands of participants in Berlin is registered and will take place on August 14, 2021.
The German Narcotics Act (Betäubungsmittelgesetz, BtMG), the injustice cast in German legal texts to discriminate against users of cannabis and other mind-altering plants or substances, will turn 50 that year.
Fifty years of repression – time for a new vision? Or time for more emancipation?
What do you think, and will you be back in the demo in August 2021?
It is not yet foreseeable that there will be a significant change in politics by August 2021, cannabis will become legal for adults in Germany and that instead of holding a demonstration for the legalization of cannabis as raw material, medicine, and recreational drug, we can celebrate a Thanksgiving Day. Or a demonstration for even more hemp, although there are promising new developments, such as the norm control application to the Federal Constitutional Court on April 20 this year.
However, we cannot be satisfied with cannabis as a medicine because we are not all sick; we cannot accept pharmacy prices, and we cannot accept any kind of half legalization without the right to grow our plants at home and in Cannabis Social Clubs. We also want to be able to buy professional varieties and the finest hashish imports in specialist shops. And we demand that all criminal proceedings involving cannabis possession or sale be stopped, existing detention and sentence sentences revised, and victims of cannabis bans compensated. A professional future is to be secured for breeders and cannabis specialist dealers through support and start-up programs. And the bans on other mind-expanding drugs like mushrooms and LSD, as well as party drugs, need urgent review. In short: the BtMG belongs to the garbage heap of history.
We are eagerly following the developments and look forward to seeing you at the Livestream on August 8, 2020, and at the Hanfparade on the streets of Berlin on August 14, 2021!