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Jun 8, 2016 9:25 AM

Cannabis Liberation Day 2016 in Amsterdam

This weekend, the capital of the Netherlands has something exciting to offer. On June 12, 2016, there going to be the celebration of the 8th Cannabis Liberation Day. The event will be held in the beautiful green Flevopark on the shore of a bay in Amsterdam. It is going to be magnificent! Apart from the pop/reggae band Will and the People that will be headlining the event, you may expect to see Rick Simpson in person!

As always, the festival will be about celebrating all the good things cannabis has to offer. However, this year the festival also marks a special anniversary—the 40th year of the policy of tolerance in the Netherlands. In 2016, as in previous years, the Cannabis Liberation Day will remain completely free. There will be many speakers, a lot of music and a plethora of marijuana-related activities.

A special Canadian guest

At 6 p.m., the organizers of the festival will announce the winner of the Koos Zwart Award. The winner of the award is already known. It is expected that Rick Simpson will personally receive the award for his fundamental contribution to the popularization of medicinal cannabis as a cancer treatment. If not for his work, who known where cannabis medicine would be today.

Simpson first became interested in marijuana after he was diagnosed with skin cancer. The traditional treatment did not seem to help Simpson's situation, so he decided to try an alternative medicine. Back in 2003, he managed to cure his cancer completely, and the only treatment he used was bandages with cannabis oil. Since then, Simpson started growing cannabis, creating cannabis oil and providing it for free to those who required this treatment. Rick has healed over 5000 people, and his story inspired others to further investigate the medicinal value of weed.

Rick will be giving a lecture at 8:40 p.m. on the main stage.

Four decades of tolerance

This year, the Cannabis Liberation Day will be honoring the 40th anniversary of the Dutch policy of tolerance to cannabis. Back in1976, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Dries van Agt introduced a revolutionary plan that changed the attitude to cannabis and stimulated the development of a then-new industry.

Regrettably, there is still some controversy surrounding the policy of tolerance, and this year, the Netherlands is going a bit backward from the Van Agt's initiative. The organizers of the festival promise to add a last-minute speaker who will cover the topic.

Honoring the memory of those who passed away

Joep Oomen, one of the founders of the ENCOD, a platform that promotes peaceful activism instead of the war on drugs, was going to speak at this year's festival. Oomen died on March 18, 2016, in Antwerp, so the Belgium’s first Cannabis Social Club Trekt Uw Plant will be remembering Oomen and the importance of his initiatives.

Another person who will be remembered during the festival is a protest singer Armand, who was famous for his support of legal cannabis. The hippie icon died at the age of 69 on Nov. 19, 2015.

Enjoy the festival!

Do not think that the Cannabis Liberation Day is only about serious speeches. You can expect a lot of great music, artists, speakers, and DJ's performing on the main stage.A British band Will and the People is scheduled to perform in the final part of the festival (their show should happen between 8:45 p.m. and the end of the festival at 10 p.m.).

Apart from all this, there will be also a reggae and dub area covered with sound systems, where you can enjoy the music during the whole day. You can also visit the film tent where you will be able to watch documentaries that are participating in the Cannabis Film Festival.

The largest part of the festival area will be taken by Vape Lounge, where you can buy different food and drinks (but no alcohol), and the Hemp Market with a wide choice of marijuana products. One of the biggest tents belongs to Sensi Seeds, a company that sponsored the festival this year.

The festival begins at 2 p.m., and the entrance is free.

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