A demonstration with the aim to decriminalise cannabis is set to take place in Cork in the coming weeks.

The protest will take place in Cork city on 7 August on Mardyke Walk and include live music and a raffle to raise money for the a Cork missing persons charity, with pro-cannabis activist Martin Condon telling The Irish Examiner he hopes it will “keep the pressure on Government to end prohibition”.

It is expected that around 200 people will attend the protest, which would allow for ample social distancing.

Mr Condon told the outlet he hopes the “peaceful demonstration” will give the “cannabis community a chance to … stand up for ourselves”, and argued that the police and Government’s treatment of cannabis has been “very oppressive” and a “big problem”.

He called for further research into the medical and recreational benefits of cannabis, which is impossible to do while it remains illegal– and even though a very…

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