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Corpus Christi to Join in Global Marijuana March

NORML Corpus Christi Global Marijuana March 2016

Corpus Christi will be participating in the Global Marijuana March for the second time on the first Saturday in May.

Since 1999 hundreds of thousands of people have participated in over 829 different cities in 72 countries in the Global Marijuana March, an annual rally held at different locations across the planet. It refers to cannabis-related events that occur on the first Saturday in May, or thereabouts, and may include marches, meetings, rallies, raves, concerts, festivals and information tables.

About 120 people attended the march in 2015, which is again being organized by NORML Corpus Christi.

“Corpus Christi has a special role in legalization here in Texas,” says Kyle Hoelscher, the non-profit’s executive director. “One state representative is the chairman of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and the other is the Chairman of the Calendars Committee.”

That would be both Rep. Abel Herrero and Rep. Todd Hunter, respectively. In 2015 Rep. Hunter refused to schedule two cannabis related bills for a hearing by the full Texas House of Representatives. Those bills ultimately died, despite being passed out of committee and enjoying strong support.

“Its important to have a robust community here to put political pressure on those guys to pass something,” Hoelscher adds. “This Global Marijuana March is all about keeping our cannabis community alive and engaged in the coastal bend.”

Over the last decade, an average of 72,000 people each year have been arrested in Texas alone for marijuana.

The group will set up at House of Rock starting at noon on Saturday, May 7 to collect signatures for a local Cite and Release ballot initiative and get volunteers signed up. At 3 pm the rally itself kicks off at McCaughan Park, and then the group will move back to House of Rock for an after party.

To see all of the marches taking place in Texas that day, click here.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. 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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