Polish Activists Smoke Pot In Front Of Parliament

Published February 17, 2012 4:00PM (EST)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A prominent Polish politician and several other people have smoked marijuana in front of parliament as part of a campaign to liberalize the country's drug laws.

With police looking on, Janusz Palikot, the head of the left-wing party Palikot's Movement, took a few puffs from a joint under falling snow in Warsaw on Friday to make their point.

Activists at the gathering said they want the country's laws changed to decriminalize the possession and consumption of marijuana.

Stelios Alewras, a 26-year-old at the rally, called the act part of a "coming out of smokers of weed."

He said, "I am a lawyer and we want to show that smoking pot is a normal thing like drinking beer."

By Salon Staff

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