Marijuana rally and march in Dallas on Saturday
Supporters of changing marijuana laws in Texas will rally in Dallas this weekend and march through downtown to raise awareness and keep up the momentum following unprecedented support in the state legislature earlier this year.
The event comes after a legislative session where bills to decrease the penalty for marijuana possession and legalize whole plant medical marijuana both passed out of committee, the latter with the support of over half the Texas House of Representatives.
Billed as a “First Amendment Free Speech Event” by the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (DFW NORML), the organization behind the annual Dallas Marijuana March, it will feature a number of speakers, including active duty Dallas police officer Nick Novello.
“The purpose of the march is to bring Texans together to stand up, speak out and march against cannabis prohibition in the Lone Star State” according to a statement by DFW NORML.
Participants will meet at JFK Memorial on Saturday, October 28 where speakers are slated to begin at 3 pm. The group will then march through the city to Dealey Plaza where more there will be more speakers before marching back to JFK Memorial to wrap things up at 6 pm.
Attendees are encouraged to bring backpacks, water bottles, sunscreen, signs, flags, snacks, umbrellas, personal fans, megaphones, and comfortable shoes.
Previous marches organized by this group have seen several thousand participants.
The group encourages those who upload pictures and videos to use the #DallasMJMarch2017 hashtag and follow updates at their Facebook page.