'Free the weed'

Capetonians took part in 2013's global cannabis march on Saturday.

A march calling for the legalisation of dagga on 5 May 2013. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A large crowd of people on Saturday gathered in Cape Town to take part in 2013's global cannabis march.

The initiative was organised by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) South Africa and aims to legalise the use of the substance.

Hundreds of Rastafarians and marijuana enthusiasts marched through the streets of Cape Town, asking authorities to legalise the use of the drug.

The group carried banners which read "free the weed" while some tried their luck by lighting up joints but police warned them of possible arrest.

Rastafarians said they should be allowed to smoke the wholly herb without fearing arrest because it was part of their religion.

They said they were tired of being discriminated against and all they really want is to practice their belief.