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March planned Campaigner plants more cannabis in Cork as protest calling for legalisation gets underway

Protesters will march from the Wellington Monument in Phoenix Park and towards Garda Headquarters before returning for a picnic and a smoke

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The cannabis was planted in 'act of disobedience'. FILE PHOTO

The cannabis was planted in 'act of disobedience'. FILE PHOTO

The cannabis was planted in 'act of disobedience'. FILE PHOTO

Campaigner Martin Condon has planted more cannabis plants in Cork City as part of his efforts to have the drug legalised. 

The well-known advocate, who has called for safe access to cannabis products for medicinal use, planted more plants in the city after other ones he left previously near Shandon Bridge were uprooted by gardai.

He told RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne that he planted cannabis plants in flower boxes to highlight what he considers the waste of Garda time dealing with the matter.

He also told the Irish Examiner: “I’d like to highlight the waste of time by gardaí on these issues and I’d like them to refocus their efforts on the real criminals out there.

"Some people nearby got out their phones and started recording me on Saturday. They agreed with the actions. They thought it was a good way to highlight this absurd policy we have around cannabis."

His latest action comes as a protest in Dublin calling for the legalisation of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes gets underway later today.

The 'Major Smoke Up 2021' will see protesters march from the Wellington Monument in Phoenix Park, past the Criminal Courts of Justice and the office of the Director for Public Prosecutions, and towards Garda Headquarters before returning for a picnic in the park.

Campaigners say the march will highlight issues such as the negative impact of cannabis which is downplayed and that that the level of potency in cannabis and weed today is much higher than 20 years ago.

"It’s the second time they’re running this protest,” Mr Condon said.

“Last year, over 1,000 people attended throughout the day so hopefully, that'll double to over 2,000 this year," he said.

People will gather and openly consume cannabis in the park, he said.

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Mr Condon has argued that the continued ban on cannabis is having a detrimental impact on people who benefit from its medicinal use while it is failing to prevent young people from using it recreationally.

“Here in Ireland, there’s still a lot of suffering caused by the prohibition of cannabis," Mr Condon said.

"Patients here in Ireland are still at the mercy of drug dealers who are not required to maintain a minimum standard of quality. The growing of the cannabis plant should not be a criminal matter and patients should have fair and effective access to cannabis as a medicine."

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