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Press release Hanfparade 2022: For hemp on the street, more important than ever!

This year, the Hanfparade is under a special sign. The jubilation of cannabis friends over the promise of legalization in the coalition agreement has long since faded away. The scene laments the ongoing criminal prosecution and loudly calls for an immediate decriminalization of the stimulant as a temporary solution. But the traffic light continues to arrest around 500 cannabis users every day.

On August 13, there will be a showdown at the Hanfparade, Germany’s largest demonstration for the legalization of cannabis as a raw material, medicine and stimulant, when the 10,000 participants and activists expected by the organizers respond to responsible top politicians such as the drug policy spokeswoman for the Bundestag faction of Bündnis 90 /Meet the Greens Mrs. Kirsten Kappert-Gonther.

For the first time in the 26-year history of the Hanfparade, the Federal Drugs Commissioner Burkhard Blienert, an acting member of the government, is answering the certainly numerous critical questions. Not an easy walk for the 56-year-old, whom many cannabis friends see as the culprit for the delayed implementation of the coalition promise. In December, Ampel agreed to “legalize the sale of cannabis products to adults in licensed specialty stores”(1). Last fall, Blienert himself promised “decriminalization within the first 100 days”(2). So far nothing has come of it. Much to the displeasure of millions of German consumers.

“We don’t have any jubilant Persians!” Steffen Geyer, chairman of the meeting, made clear. “Our goal isn’t to make the drug officer have a nice afternoon. We want them to feel the injustice of the hemp ban and take their share of the suffering of those affected home with them.”
However, the Hanfparade is not just about confrontation. Among the two dozen speakers are recreational hemp activists, scientists and cannabis patients as well as hemp processors. In addition, six live performances by musicians liven up the program on the stage at the Rotes Rathaus.
Of course, the traditional parade through the center of Berlin should not be missing at a Hanfparade. The hemp-decorated parade floats lead the demo in a circular route from the Red City Hall past the Reichstag and the Federal Ministry of Health back to Alexanderplatz, where Germany’s most important legalization event continues into the evening hours.
And who knows – maybe next year the linnets will have real reason to celebrate and celebrate a lavish hemp festival.

(1) “Dare to make more progress” coalition agreement between SPD, Greens and FDP page 68 https://www.spd.de/fileadmin/dokumente/Koalitionsvertrag/Koalitionsvertrag_2021-2025.pdf
(2) “Cannabis has long been part of everyday life – criminalization must go” Article of the world from October 25th, 2021 https://www.welt.de/debatte/kommentare/article234628562/Legalisierungs-Cannabis-ist-laengst-Teil-des -Everyday-criminalization-must-go.html

Contact details:
Steffen Geyer
Chairman of the meeting/press spokesman for the Hanfparade
Phone +491786594399
Email info@hanfparade.de
Event info:
26th Hanfparade – Hemp is for everyone!
08/13/2022 12-10 p.m. (march 3-6 p.m.)
The Hanfparade is Germany’s largest demonstration for the legalization of cannabis as a raw material, medicine and luxury food. It has been held once a year in Berlin since 1997.

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Hanfparade 2021 on August 14th, 2021 in Berlin

The Hanfparade 2021 as a political demonstration with a stage, stands, the big parade with parade trucks through the city center and hopefully many tens of thousands of participants in Berlin is registered and will take place on August 14, 2021.

The German Narcotics Act (Betäubungsmittelgesetz, BtMG), the injustice cast in German legal texts to discriminate against users of cannabis and other mind-altering plants or substances, will turn 50 that year.

50 years of repression – time for a new vision? Or time for more emancipation?
What do you think, and will you be back in the demo in August 2021?

It is not yet foreseeable that there will be a big change in politics by August 2021, cannabis will become legal for adults in Germany and that instead of holding a demonstration for the legalization of cannabis as a raw material, medicine and recreational drug, we can celebrate a Thanksgiving Day. Or a demonstration for even more hemp, although there are promising new developments, such as the norm control application to the Federal Constitutional Court on April 20 this year.

However, we cannot be satisfied with cannabis as a medicine because we are not all sick; we cannot accept pharmacy prices and we cannot accept any kind of half legalization without the right to grow our own plants at home and in Cannabis Social Clubs. We also want to be able to buy professional varieties and the finest hashish imports in specialist shops. And we demand that all criminal proceedings involving cannabis possession or sale be stopped, existing detention and sentence sentences revised and victims of cannabis bans compensated. A professional future is to be secured for breeders and cannabis specialist dealers through support and start-up programs. And the bans on other mind-expanding drugs like mushrooms and LSD, as well as party drugs, need urgent review. In short: the BtMG belongs to the garbage heap of history.

We are eagerly following the developments and look forward to seeing you at the livestream on August 8, 2020 and at the Hanfparade on the streets of Berlin on August 14, 2021!

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The Hanfparade 2020 will be moved to the Internet

Hanfparade 2020 Poster

In our previous news, we still assumed that the Hanfparade 2020 would take place as planned, but the clearer the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic and the time frame of the state of emergency became, the clearer it became to us as an organizing team that we can not make plans in this uncertain situation. Contracts for stage construction, bands, stands etc. should now be closed and it is still not at all certain whether the Hanfparade as a large demonstration march with parade trucks, opening and closing rally, stage, stands and tens of thousands of participants could really take place this year.

Therefore, the next Hanfparade will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2020 on the Internet. It traditionally starts at 12 noon. The livestream will be shown on our website (www.hanfparade.de).

Just like a “real” Hanfparade, there will be a colorful quality program with speakers, music and information. Though it will not be a march through Berlin, but a march through the Internet. This year, our speakers will not be on a large stage in Berlin, but will speak with live video or prepare a contribution. The participants in this year’s Hanfparade, that is, the stream audience can interact and comment live.

We are aware that this cannot replace a real Hanfparade. That is why we are already planning the Hanfparade 2021 as it should be: as a huge demonstration on the street. More on this soon.

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Hanfparade goes Mary Jane Cannabis fair 8-10. June 2018

In the time of 8.-10. June 2018 the third Mary Jane hemp fair will happen at ARENA Trepow – Hanfparade will be there!
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200 national and international exhibitors will be represented at Germany’s largest hemp fair “Mary Jane Berlin” with its 6,500 m² indoor area and 2,000 m² outdoor area. Food stands, live concerts and lectures on therapeutic properties of cannabis complete the fair and give it the character of a festival.

The hemp parade is right in the middle of everything!

There will be candied hemp seeds live, offered for tasting and sale, there will be hemp iced tea for refreshment and you can inform yourself as always about the many uses of hemp. Our stand together with the Hanffaser  Uckermarck for building materials and the Hanf Museum Berlin (Hemp Museum) will be versatile and worth seeing.

You will find us at booth no. 31-2 in the hall.

We look forward to your visit to our booth!


Video from 2017:

Hanfmesse Deutschland - Mary Jane Berlin 2017

Poster der Hanfparade 2011

Press Release JaKiS e.V. 10th August 2011

Hanfparade organisers see themselves and the freedom of assembly massively curtailed by police. Legal action against the authorities decided.

Following the Hanfparade 2011 in Berlin last Saturday, when about 2,700 people demanded the “legalisation of Cannabis as a raw material, medicine and natural stimulant,” the organising association JaKiS e.V. has raised serious allegations against the Berlin police. JaKiS e.V. refuses to accept the accusations from the administrative authority for assemblies (Versammlungsbehörde) that extensive parts of the Hanfparade were “not focused on collective manifestation of opinion” and therefore the overall event is not a gathering in terms of the basic law.

“The truth is that the Forum for Hemp Medicine, Hemp Crop Show, Kinderland and Market of Opportunities which were prohibited by the authorities have immense political importance. They are part of an intensive engagement for the participants and visitors showing the variety of Hemp applications,” said Martin Steldinger, one of the board members of the association.

The organisers of the Hanfparade were shocked at the lack of willingness from the Berlin police to communicate. They point out that their extensive objections were ignored by the assembly authorities and offers of talks, even if they emanated from the solicitor of the association, ran into a void. The JaKiS e.V. explains this by saying the Hanfparade, as in the past 14 years, should have been fully recognised as a demonstration. The head of the Berlin assembly authority Mr Haß included in his negative verdict, quotes from rulings by the Federal Administrative Court which had thereafter been rescinded in 2007.

“We cannot accept the apparent arbitrariness with which the rights to demonstrate in terms of Hanfarade 2011 were broken and bent,” said Martin Steldinger. “The assembly authorities hostile decision, refusal to communicate and attitude of the officials force us to go the legal way and to challenge the assembly authorities decision.” The Hanfparade 2011 represent here on behalf of many demonstrations, their constitutionally protected right to participate in political discourse which is increasingly being eroded.