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6,000 protesters rally throughout Texas for marijuana

Around 6,000 Texans rallied throughout the state this past weekend to protest marijuana laws.

Five cities participated in the Global Marijuana March, including Fort Worth, Houston, El Paso, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio. These marches are held the first Saturday in May each year around the world, and for many cities in Texas, this was their first time holding such a march.

Each march was put on by a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) in an effort to raise awareness about the need to take action, and to let people know about the various piece of legislation in the state legislature this year pertaining to marijuana. There are currently 11 bills, along with two additional ones pertaining to hemp.

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A scene from the Fort Worth Global Marijuana March

 

Over 3,200 people marched through downtown Fort Worth and held a rally on the Tarrant County Courthouse steps, all while openly consuming marijuana as officers looked on. This is the third such event in the city, put on by DFW NORML, and just as years past, it has gotten bigger, and no one was arrested or ticketed.

The Houston Global Marijuana March
The Houston Global Marijuana March

In Houston, the city experienced its first major cannabis event, and reported numbers of participants ranged from 1,000 to 2,000. Put on by Houston NORML, the group marched through downtown and held their rally at city hall.

The El Paso Global Marijuana March
The El Paso Global Marijuana March

Over in west Texas, El Paso NORML held their second Global Marijuana March, attracting about 85 people.

Over 100 people turned out for the Global Marijuana March in Corpus Christi. Photo by Corpus Christi NORML
Over 100 people turned out for the Global Marijuana March in Corpus Christi. Photo by Corpus Christi NORML

Down in south Texas, NORML Corpus Christi held their very first march, where over 100 people rallied together.

The San Antonio Global Marijuana March
The San Antonio Global Marijuana March

Also held this weekend, however on a Sunday instead, was the San Antonio march. Organized by San Antonio NORML, this was their first march as well, and around 300 showed up to participate.

However, the marches, which are traditionally over by now, have one more to go in the Lone Star State.

Texas NORML has organized their annual march and rally, held on Saturday, May 9, which begins at city hall, and ends on the steps of the state capitol building. This will take place during the height of the legislative session, and they’re hoping legislators will take notice.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas and serves as Deputy Director for NORML of Waco. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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