Hundreds march in Brazil calling for legalization of cannabis


Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Sao Paulo in Brazil on Saturday to call for the legalization of cannabis.

Many demanded the legal change for medicinal purposes.

"For us it is essential - medical marijuana brought back to life my daughter Carol who was having 50 to 60 seizures per day," said one marcher.

Others were calling for the legalization of the drug for recreational reasons and could be seen lighting up along the route.

Cannabis is illegal and criminalized in Brazil, but possession and cultivation of personal amounts for private use were de-penalized in 2006.

Limited cannabis-based medicines were permitted as of 2017

SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) name not given, marcher:
"For us it is essential - medical marijuana brought back to life my daughter Carol who was having 50 to 60 seizures per day. We are today more than 250 days without any seizures. In 2017 we were here in Paulista with my daughter in a wheelchair but today she is standing and walking after 6 drops of medical cannabis. They have to legalize it so that more patients can be cured. Marijuana has brought life back to my daughter."