By: Randy Turner
DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Thousands of people attended 4:20 to celebrate cannabis at the legislative building Saturday. Those in attendance cited a recent movement among U.S. states to decriminalize marijuana in Washington and Colorado as progress.
Scott Webster was sitting on the lawn of the legislature, about to load up a bowl of orange kush into his pipe.
In fact, the usual residence of provincial lawmakers was going to pot on Sunday afternoon, the gathering place for an annual 4/20 celebration to legalize marijuana, which culminated Saturday at 4:20 p.m.
“It was a lot smaller 10 years ago,” said Webster, referring to the hundreds of mostly teenagers and 20-somethings who milled about the front of the legislature, parked on blankets with bongs and Bob Marley music blaring on loud speakers.
“This is the biggest turnout I’ve ever seen in Winnipeg. The more people that turn out, the more it helps the cause.”