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A man who lit up a legally prescribed joint at a pro-weed protest in Melbourne has been left fuming after police handcuffed him, shoved him into the ground and paraded him around a park.
The marijuana smoker was attending a rally to legalise pot in the city’s Flagstaff Gardens on Wednesday afternoon when he caught the eye of police officers.
Footage captured by a witness shows a horde of cops leading the man away from the rest of the protesters, who had gathered to mark 4/20 – an annual celebration of smoking pot recognised around the world.
Video shows the man being handcuffed and then pushed to the ground as he shrieks ‘I have a prescription in my bag’.
The man, along with other supporters, tells the crowd of surrounding officers he ‘can’t breathe’ as they search his pockets.
In footage captured by a witness a horde of officers lead the man away from the rest of the group, handcuff him, and then push him to the ground
Four officers then haul the attendee to his feet but he appears to be unable to walk.
The pot smoker is dragged and then carried towards a police tent by two officers on either side while at least a dozen more follow close on their heels.
A crowd of protestors also follow suit as the smoker is carried towards another dozen officers waiting to question him.
As police begin a thorough search of his pockets one officer leans down to ask the man how he feels.
The pot smoker replies ‘better now’ before asking officers why he is being arrested while claiming his weed ‘comes from a pharmacy’ and is ‘prescribed by a doctor’.
The man is dragged and then carried towards a police tent by two officers on either side as at least a dozen more follow close by
THE ‘420’ MARIJUANA MOVEMENT EXPLAINED
April 20 – also known as 4/20 – has become an international counterculture holiday where participants gather to celebrate and consume cannabis.
This year people gathered in the Flagstaff Gardens in Melbourne and Victoria Park in Sydney on Wednesday to call on the government to legalise widespread use of the drug.
Many marijuana users will light up at 4:20 pm in an attempt to prove to the public and the government the drug doesn’t need to be criminalised.
‘I have a legal prescription, that’s the only reason I do it out in the open,’ he says while shrugging and shaking his head.
The smoker is later seen emerging from a parked police truck, pulling up his pants before finally walking free with his stash.
A person behind the camera asks if he has anything to say.
‘I’m a legal patient, my weed comes from a doctor, from a pharmacy,’ he replies.
‘I’ thought I’d come here today, first time I’ve came, first time I’ve had legal weed, this year, for 4/20.
‘Lit up one spliff, I get manhandled, dragged around, scratches, bruises… I’m gonna get going, ay.’
Victoria Health guidelines state cannabis can be prescribed for any patient for any condition – if doctors believe it’s clinically appropriate.
Doctors are told they shouldn’t support patients taking medical marijuana by smoking it, as ‘smoking in general is harmful’ and ‘it is difficult to estimate dosage’.
Daily Mail Australia has approached Victoria Police for comment about the incident.
The man was later seen taking photos of a policewoman’s vest as he left with his belongings