Event to organize marijuana reform group in El Paso draws large crowd, support from Texas senator

Texas NORML Executive Director Cheyanne Weldon addresses a crowd in El Paso about marijuana reform and starting a group in the area.
Texas NORML Executive Director Cheyanne Weldon addresses a crowd of about 40 in El Paso about marijuana reform and starting a group in the area. Photo Credit: KTSM

A recent meetup in El Paso to get a NORML chapter off the ground and discuss the merits of cannabis legalization was a success as many turned out in support of the notion. The event garnered positive news coverage as well.

About 40 people were in attendance at La Terraza restaurant on Saturday as Texas NORML Executive Director Cheyanne Weldon spoke about the need to re-legalize marijuana in Texas and the importance of getting a group up and running in the area. People in attendance were very optimistic about the prospects of reforming marijuana laws and counted among them were members of the Libertarian Party. An interpreter was also on hand for those who did not speak English.

Several people have already stepped up to begin the process of forming El Paso NORML and the group hopes to get their paperwork in to start the non-profit within a week. Colt DeMorris, the man leading the effort, has already began to set everything up and encourages people in the area to check out the group’s Facebook page and send any questions to him via email at cannabisusersunited@hotmail.com.

Colt was optimistic about the mood for legalization in the area, stating “I believe the mood for cannabis legalization in El Paso is mostly positive. This weekend we had guests ranging from patients to consumers and non-consumers alike. Prohibition laws hurt all people, not just the ones that consume cannabis. El Paso’s momentum is picking up and we aren’t going to stop with this meet up. El Paso is working on ending prohibition where it started!”

The group plans to have another meeting next month to further map out their future course of action.

Texas NORML Executive Director, Cheyanne Weldon, Texas Senator Rodriguez
Texas NORML Executive Director, Cheyanne Weldon, Texas Senator Rodriguez

The meetup also coincided with the Border Legislative Conference where Weldon spoke with many people involved in government. One of those people, Texas Senator Jose Rodriguez, even stated that legalization was inevitable.

“The train has left the station” Senator Rodriguez told the U.S. and Mexican legislators at the conclusion of the Marijuana Legalization Panel held during the Border Legislative Conference.

Weldon saw a lot of progress made in El Paso and was happy with what she saw, stating “As if in answer to that call to get on board, El Pasoans were ready to work when they heard about the meetup to discuss forming a chapter. Attendees were not only hungry for knowledge and expressing responsible approaches to reform, they had a hand in planning the meetup before even meeting the proposed Board of Directors. Supporters called around and reserve the venue, provided translated materials and brought translators to the meeting, and contacted the media. The Sun City has a bright future in freedom fighting, and it has a green hue to it.”

By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com

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