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A Fort Worth marijuana march to end suffering

About 800 marched through downtown Fort Worth for the 2016 Global Marijuana March.
About 800 marched through downtown Fort Worth for the 2016 Global Marijuana March.

An eclectic group of people turned out for the Global Marijuana March in Fort Worth this weekend, and as usual, there were gratuitous amounts of cannabis consumed.

Much like previous years there were vendors and speakers, though far fewer of the latter. There was also a drastic decrease in live music. This has been attributed to a change in ownership of the venue adjacent to Hyde Park where bands had performed on an upstairs balcony. This year speakers gave speeches in the back of trucks and on the corner of the Park.

A diverse group of about 800 people marched through the streets to the Tarrant County Courthouse including young children all the way up to the elderly, patients in wheelchairs, veterans, characters in various costumes, an abundance of pets including many dogs and one very large snake, proponents of openly carrying rifles and pistols, Bernie Sanders supporters, and the always present libertarians.

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Speakers included leaders and patients in the Texas cannabis movement, and also the newly elected mayor of Whitewright, Jeremiah Looney, who found out later on in the day that he had won his election.

They spoke of cannabis’ medical value, how its prohibition has ruined lives, and the number of people whose lives have been essentially given back to them because of how much a non-toxic plant helps them, whether they have cancer, seizures, intractable pain, and numerous other health issues. Most of all, people just wanted to be able to peacefully consume something that is much safer than alcohol or tobacco.

Unlike previous years, local media outlets provided coverage of the event both before and afterwards.

Officers calmly looked on as many in the crowd openly smoked marijuana, and there have been no reports of anyone being arrested. This marks the fourth year of peaceful protest in downtown Fort Worth.

The overall message from those in attendance was loud; ending the war on cannabis and the people who consume it, and by extension, ending people’s suffering is the priority.

In all, seven cities around Texas participated in the world-wide Global Marijuana March on Saturday, May 7.

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.

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Texans from around the state are now gearing up to gather for a rally at the state capitol building in Austin next Saturday, May 14.

See pictures from the Fort Worth Global Marijuana March by clicking 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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