Anti-prohibition pot protesters hit Mount Royal

An annual day of celebrating cannabis culture is ramping up into mainstream political activism as the pot-smoking 420 movement takes on marijuana prohibition with rallies across Canada.

Here in Montreal, hundreds of people gathered at the Mount Royal monument to celebrate 420.

The 420 moniker dates back to the pot culture of California in the early 1970s, but it became formally attached to April 20 when a group of Vancouver activists held the first day-long rally in 1995.

Prizes were handed out at the base of the Sir Georges Etienne Cartier monument. One for BEST Poster, another for BEST Pot Plant.

Montreal Police officers were on site "To ensure the security of everyone, but there will be no police intervention in the case of marijuana." said Police spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant. Adding "if there is any criminal activities going on, there could be arrests."

Campaign 420 encourages people to get involved in the political process and the reform movement of the anti-Cannabis.

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