POLICE made one arrest and searched a number of people under the Misuse of Drugs Act yesterday during a mass pro-cannabis protest in Derry.
Up to 200 gathered in the shadow of the Guildhall smoke cannabis in unison.
They joined thousands of ‘4/20’ protesters across the UK lighting up to hit out at the Government’s drug laws and celebrate April 20 – Global Weed Day.
Cannabis smokers were called to the protest by Legenderry Cannabis Club.
Dozens of police officers in high-visibility jackets patrolled around the protest initially before moving in and searching people.
The PSNI said a number of people were searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of a class B-controlled drug and remained in custody last night.
A 17-year-old boy was also spoken to by police and taken home.
Protesters moved to outside Strand Road PSNI station after the arrest, where they stood chanting the name of the young man.
Following the protest, LCC said on its Facebook page:
“Shame on you once again PSNI Foyle.
“Today’s protest at the Guildhall was a peaceful protest.
“We told everyone that cannabis will be smoked at this protest and did you really think that we would be scared too??
“Our numbers are much greater than yours so we will ask once again that you agree to leave cannabis users alone and we will happily work with you rather than against you 👊🏻.”