7 Texas cities to participate in Global Marijuana March
What once was a minor event in Texas, there are now seven cities across the state that will be hosting a Global Marijuana March, with over 10,000 expected to participate state-wide.
Hundreds of thousands of people have participated in the Global Marijuana March in over 829 different cities in 72 countries worldwide since 1999.
The marches have been a rallying point for those seeking to bring the subject of cannabis out into the open and educate people about the plant, its uses, and the laws surrounding it.
All but one of the marches are being put on by a chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the events will take place over the span of a week beginning on Saturday, May 2.
Five of those marches will be held all around the state that first day, including Fort Worth, El Paso, Houston, Corpus Christi, and Lubbock.
Organizers from DFW NORML are hoping for about 5,000 people to march through downtown Fort Worth. Last year well over 2,000 joined together for the march and ensuing rally on the Tarrant County Courthouse steps.
El Paso NORML, which was established in January 2014, will be holding its second Global Marijuana March. Last year their march drew 108 participants on short notice.
Houston NORML will be putting on the city’s first such event, and organizers there are looking at several thousand people turning out in support.
NORML Corpus Christi will be hosting their first march as well, and the group is hoping for a turn out of a couple hundred people.
In Lubbock, a resident of the city has taken it upon herself to put together a march, which would also be the first of its kind for the area. Hub City NORML may be involved with the march as well, though talks are ongoing. At least 100 marchers are expected to attend.
On Sunday, May 3, San Antonio NORML will be hosting their first Global Marijuana March as well.
Wrapping things up on Saturday, May 9, Texas NORML will hold their annual march in downtown Austin which begins at city hall and ends with a rally on the steps of the state capitol building. Texans from around the state are expected to attend as a show of unity.
By: Stephen Carter
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