SAN FRANCISCO, California — The Giants’ World Series victory parade may have ended at 3 p.m., but the lingering effects of the high those who attended likely experienced — due to the sheer amount of marijuana being smoked in the streets of Union Square — lasted beyond the scope of the physical celebration.
Thousands of loyal and loving Giants fans lined the streets of downtown San Francisco in front of the civic center to celebrate Wednesday night’s win, which made San Francisco’s baseball team World Series champions for the third time in five years.
The smell of pot overwhelmed the atmosphere, making it nearly impossible to take a deep breath without receiving a solid second hand hit of weed: the plant that has for years been at the center of a legalization battle for recreational use in the United States and particularly in California.
A man in the crowd held up a sign which read “This is Murphy’s Turf,” in reference to the Giants’ beloved longtime clubhouse manager. A woman held up a T-shirt she had just purchased which had the word “B3LIEVE” written across it with the years 2010, 2012, and 2014 beneath to indicate the three years the SF Giants have taken home baseball’s most coveted trophy, the Commissioner’s Trophy.
Among the attendees were two brothers in their early 20’s who had just lit up a joint with another friend and were smoking it in plain sight on the street along with countless other parade attendees. “It’s illegal to smoke weed in public here [California], but the cops don’t care that we’re smoking,” the brother named Alex, 22, said.
Alex told Breitbart News that he was working as a paralegal at a local law firm and would be applying for law school after he completed his undergraduate degree. His younger brother, 20, told Breitbart News that he was studying psychology at a local community college.
Opponents of the move towards legalization have argued that the smell of marijuana smoke in a public, outdoor space violates an individual’s human rights. Proponents have countered such arguments by making the case that the legalization of the weed stands to benefit the economy due to a soaring number of sales juxtaposed against demand for it.
This past week, a group called the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana advocacy group, filed paperwork with the State of California to place an initiative for the legalization of recreational marijuana use on the 2016 ballot. Billionaire George Soros (who has poured over $80 million into the fight to legalize pot) funds the project.
Breitbart News spoke with a police officer briefly about the fact that the air was filled with the scent of marijuana. He said, “That’s San Francisco for you.”