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Thousands attend Toronto 420 pot rally at Yonge-Dundas Square

420 Toronto marijuana rally in support of pot legalization
WATCH ABOVE: Crowds of marijuana smokers rally at Yonge-Dundas Square Monday to show their support for the legalization of pot in Toronto.

Marijuana seeds and joints are being handed out at the annual 420 pot rally at Yonge-Dundas Square on Wednesday in what has become more of a celebration than a protest.

The tone of the event has changed since the federal government announced plans to regulate the use and distribution of marijuana in Canada.

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Health Minister Jane Philpott told the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday the Liberal government plans to introduce legislation in the spring of next year.

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This year’s rally in Toronto includes vendors, food booths and workshops. In the past, participants would also openly smoke weed in the public square calling for its legalization.

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The business of marijuana distribution is also flourishing in anticipation of the new law with dispensaries popping up in neighbourhoods across the country — most illegally but nonetheless tolerated and unenforced.

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A new poll released by the Angus Reid Institute on Wednesday also shows a changing tide in public opinion.

The survey shows 68 per cent of Canadians feel pot should be made legal, a nine-point increase from a 2014 poll asking the same question.

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