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Marijuana Activists Carry 51-Foot-Long Inflatable Joint Through Philly Streets To DNC

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Now that's something you don't see every day.

Marijuana activists carried on Monday afternoon a 51-foot-long joint from Philadelphia's City Hall to the Wells Fargo center, the home of the Democratic National Convention.


CBS News reported a group of topless women wearing pot leaf pasties posed for pictures and handed out educational cards while the joint was inflating.

"We're here to the let the DNC know that we want them to legalize cannabis federally, and we want it descheduled, not rescheduled," Mary Beth Degray, a registered medical marijuana patient who suffers from Crohn's disease and PTSD, said.

The activists walked three-and-a-half miles with the giant inflatable joint in sweltering heat.

"It's a plant, and you don't have to try it if you don't want to, but everyone should have the right to have access as a first resort, not a last resort," Degray said.

Activist Dana Beal said she was frustrated Hillary Clinton didn't respond to a letter she sent her earlier this year.

"We can't seem to get the people to talk to us," Beal told CBS News. "We've been demonstrating Democratic conventions since 1964."

Beal continued, "We want to see people go from mostly alcohol and tobacco world to mostly marijuana world."

The Democratic Party recently called for marijuana to be downgraded in the Controlled Substances Act and embraced a "pathway to future legalization."

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