Dallas police officer to speak at marijuana march
For the third year in a row Texans will gather in Dallas to march for marijuana reform.
The Dallas Marijuana March, put on by DFW NORML, features speakers at both JFK Memorial and Dealey Plaza, with a spirited march in between which has traditionally been a spectacle of diversity and civil disobedience as smoke rises to the sky from those smoking cannabis.
There has always been a heavy police presence at these events, however only the most egregious offenders have been arrested in the past. In 2015 one man was arrested while carrying around a glass oil rig.
Officers generally assist with security, and escorting the march to and from Dealey Plaza by blocking off traffic. This year however, one of Dallas’s own officers will be speaking at the event.
Active duty Dallas police officer Nick Novello, who has 35 years of experience working as an officer, will speak about the need to end the war on drugs.
“We are preying on those we have sworn to protect, and this perverse dynamic is felt most in black and brown communities. Reform has become the imperative of the day” Novello states.
Other speakers include Jeremiah Looney, a medically separated Army veteran turned activist who earlier this year became mayor of Whitewright, Tx., along with a number of other activists and military veterans.
Attendees will begin gathering at JFK Memorial at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 29. Speakers will begin at 3, and the march itself will kick off at 4:20.
Around 5:20 attendees will march back to JFK memorial and the event will conclude at 6:30 pm.
An age 18 and up after party is schedule immediately afterwards at the The Cherry Apothecary.