Group marches to Arch advocating legal cannabis use

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Hundreds in St. Louis marched to the Gateway Arch advocating legalizing cannabis.

Cities all over the world are having marches of their own this Saturday.

People marching want marijuana legalized for medical and recreational use.  The crowd gathered at the Old Court House to share their testimonials

Nearly 300 cities worldwide, including St. Louis participated in the 17th annual Global Cannabis March.   Participants say it’s a cannabis freedom march that will end at the bottom of the Gateway Arch for a rally.

Organizers say the Global Cannabis March helps raise awareness about the benefits of cannabis and downsides of prohibition since 1999.

Last month, the Missouri House of Representatives voted against a bill that sought to allow the use of marijuana outside of the FDA approval process.

Keeping Missouri Kids Safe a newly formed coalition of citizens from drug prevention released this statement concerning the march, "marijuana is not medicine and should be put through the strict FDA process just like all other drugs”.

The group also says citizens shouldn`t be fooled by the group's strategy,