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By Cathy Carter

For four decades now, activists have gathered in Washington on the Fourth of July to advocate for the legalization of marijuana.

The 41st Annual Smoke-In is a rally, parade, and concert designed to end what organizers call marijuana prohibition.

"It'll allow the federal government to finally study the benefits of medical marijuana, it could possibly allow hemp to be grown for industrial purposes, and we can finally get all the mandatory minimum drug offenders out of federal prison that are serving time for marijuana offenses," says John Pylka, the event coordinator.

The district resident says the demonstration was originally inspired by the be-ins of the late 1960's.

The Smoke-In Rally begins today at noon in Lafayette Park across from the White House.

It'll be followed by a Hemp Can Save the Planet Parade which marches to the Lincoln Memorial.

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