Marihuana Marš (Marihuana march) is a traditional meeting and event organized by ŠOU v Ljubljani (student organization of Ljubljana) since 2002. It is most commonly held on the 20th of April at the Congress square in Ljubljana and is solely organized by students who are trying to warn about the social, medical and economic issues caused by the prohibition of cannabis. Every year we try to include as many people involved in this field as possible, so our partners vary from non-governmental institutions advocating the legalization of cannabis, local firms whose main business is making cannabis-related products to political parties, etc.
Our main goal is to start a public debate involving the legalization of cannabis in Slovenia while showing the absurdity of the current repression, convince the public such a subject is important and should have a political-weight when it comes to elections and someday actually experience the legalization itself in our small, beautiful, green country. As a student organization, we choose the cannabis topic because it directly and indirectly concerns most of the students and the public and because the laws in Slovenia are made in a way that they take more than they bring, while repressing the cannabis users, either the ones who use it recreationally or the ones who use it with a medical purpose.
In 2017, the Slovenian government made a step forward allowing the use of cannabis in medicine, but we are still far, far away from where we want to be. The evidence is there. Scientific research, experiences from other countries all point to a fact that decriminalization and regulation of cannabis is the only way forward.