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Hundreds of supporters attend picnic rally, 36 arrested at Melbourne park

Police have swarmed on a pro-marijuana rally where hundreds where campaigning for the legalisation of the drug.

At least 36 people were arrested at an annual pro-cannabis picnic at Melbourne’s Flagstaff Gardens.

The rally in the city’s CBD aims to raise awareness for the legalisation of cannabis, and occurs annually on April 20 or 4/20. Recreational use of which is banned in all Australian states.

About 250 people attended the event, and police dog units and local officers were on the ground searching attendees.

A total of 36 offenders were arrested and processed for drug related offending.

Most were issued with cautions and four will receive a summons to attend court at a later date.

“While we respect the right for lawful and peaceful protests, we will not tolerate any criminal activity,” a police spokesperson said.

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