PORTLAND — Opponents of a proposed six-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in Portland are planning to hold a rally and march Monday night to protest the ban.

The Portland Green Party announced tonight it will host a rally for people who support medical marijuana patients’ rights starting at 6 p.m. in Congress Square – near the Eastland Park Hotel.

Green Party members believe it is wrong to prevent caregivers from providing medicine to patients with chronic illnesses such as cancer and AIDS.

City Councilor Dave Marshall, who opposes the moratorium, will offer an amendment at Monday’s City Council meeting that allows dispensaries in downtown Portland. The ban has been proposed by City Attorney Gary Wood.

After the rally, protesters will march down Congress Street – most likely on the sidewalks – before entering City Hall. The council meeting is set to start at 7  p.m.

Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion, Ben Chipman of the Medical Marijuana Campaign, and John Eder of the Portland Green Party are expected to participate.