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Fort Worth marijuana group headed out to clean the streets

Volunteers with DFW NORML at their last street cleanup event.
Volunteers with DFW NORML at their last street cleanup event.

A group promoting marijuana law reform in Texas is headed out to clean up the streets in Fort Worth later this month.

The non-profit organization DFW NORML has been a fixture in their community for several years now, hosting events, gathering and donating food, doing toy runs, and cleaning up their adopted street.

Fort Worth has a program where groups can adopt a street and then dedicate a little bit of their time every few months to keeping it clean. The city posts up a sign at each end of the adopted area designating who the street has been adopted by, and community service ensues.

DFW NORML, which is a sub-chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, has been cleaning up Carroll Street since August of 2013. The street runs from 7th Ave. to White Settlement Rd. right alongside the Montgomery Wards Plaza.

Steve Williams, who coordinates the effort, says that they’re breaking stereotypes, showing that they’re everyday people, and just want to give back to the community.

“Originally we were looking for ways to get more involvement and exposure with the general public. We want to dispel the notion that people who believe in cannabis are a strange, dangerous or lazy subculture lurking in the shadows. We are just like you and we are everywhere” said Williams.

“We want people to know that we are your neighbors. We’re the people sitting in the pews at your church, the people in line with you at the grocery store and maybe even working along side you. We are accountants, dentists, mechanics, nurses, grocery store managers, videographers, attorneys, etc. And we are people who care about our communities and we want to give back to them,” Williams states.

He adds, “‘Making change one Texan at a time’ isn’t just a slogan for DFW NORML, it’s really what we’re trying to do. Through the Adopt-a-Steet program, our food collections and Christmas toy drives, etc., we’re giving back to our communities.”

Every time they’ve gone out to clean up the streets, the response from people in the areas has been overwhelmingly positive. They also receive positive responses from those who work for the city as well.

The group will meet for their next cleanup on Saturday, March 21 at the southwest corner of the Montgomery Wards Plaza parking lot which is the corner of 7th Ave. & Carroll St. The volunteers have to sign a liability waiver from the city, and this is a family friendly event so anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver on their behalf.

Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing and shoes that they don’t mind getting a little dirty. The group provides trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and water.

They encourage everyone to get there about 12:30, and then everyone will begin picking up trash at 1. It usually takes a little less than two hours.

Williams believes that it is very important for DFW NORML and other like-minded organizations to get out and get involved in their communities. “These are our communities and it’s important for everyone to know who we are and that we care.”

For more information about the cleanup, visit their Facebook event page, or their website at www.dfwnorml.org.

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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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