Houston to rally at courthouse for Global Marijuana March
The nation’s fourth largest city, Houston, will be participating in the Global Marijuana March 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.
In 2015, at least 1,000 people turned out for the march in Houston, with some estimates placing the number closer to 2,000.
“Houston is proud to join cities across Texas and the world for the 2016 Global Marijuana March,” says Cara Bonin, the organization’s executive director. “Ending the war on drugs is long overdue and this historic protest will help raise awareness against it.”
Over the last decade, an average of 72,000 people have been arrested each year in Texas alone for marijuana.
Bonin adds, “While we have a few local politicians already on our side, we are working to change the minds of many others. Educating the public and encouraging them to engage their representatives is our goal. Houston is home to many oncology hospitals, children’s hospitals and VA hospitals that could directly positively impact the lives of Houstonians by being able to use cannabis products on patients. Our 2.2 million plus populace is not unlike the rest of Texas, ready to enjoy the benefits of legal and safe access to a healing plant.”
Attendees will meet at James Bute Park and Frost Town Historic Site on Saturday, May 7 at noon and then march on the Harris County Criminal Courthouse.
To see all of the marches taking place in Texas that day, click here.
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