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By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Reports suggest thousands of people attended the controversial “Marijuana March” on Saturday afternoon in Rio’s Zona Sul (South Zone). The rally, which is now held in over 700 cities worldwide, celebrates Cannabis and defends the use of the drug as being part of a lifestyle choice.

Colorfully dressed campaigners, some of whom were displaying banners or costumes promoting Cannabis, attended the march that took place in Ipanema. One sign read, “Marijuana is medicine" while another displayed the statement "the people want marijuana."

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