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Rally to be held in Tyler for marijuana law reform

Tyler Texas

A rally to change marijuana laws in Texas is slated for Tyler this coming weekend.

Activists hope to bring awareness of the need to stop arresting people for possession of marijuana, and will be promoting the legalization of medical marijuana. The ultimate goal though is full legalization of cannabis.

Joel Gardner, who ran for state representative last year, is putting on the event in his home town and is encouraging people all over the state to step up and hold a rally in their home town as well.

One of the speakers, Jared Cates, is driving up from Nacogdoches to take part and share his views on why changing marijuana laws in Texas is important.

Cates, who is the director of the newly formed non-profit Nacogdoches NORML, says “I’ve got a few different reasons that make this fight important to me, but the big one is my mom. She went through chemo and radiation for breast cancer and is still taking preventative medication that have pretty drastic side effects.”

He adds, “knowing that just a couple states away, there was a safer, natural, effective cannabis based treatment that could have rejuvenated my mother while eradicating the cancer really was the final straw. I cannot stand by and watch my loved one suffer through a terrible treatment because our elected representatives refuse to recognize the medicinal efficacy of cannabis.”

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018

Also speaking at the rally will be Rocky Palmquist, a Texas farmer and former Agriculture Commissioner candidate.

While Palmquist has been a staunch supporter of changing marijuana laws, he will also be talking about the need to legalize hemp as well.

“Hemp is the most sustainable crop in the world. We can buy hemp oil, we can buy hemp clothing, but we can’t grow it,” he says.

“Now what sense does that make? We are losing millions in economic growth every year. It’s a crying shame when a state like Kentucky has more initiative than we do. We are Texans, we are innovators, and there’s no reason for us not to be a leader in hemp production” Palmquist states

The rally kicks off at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8 in downtown Tyler at T B Butler Plaza. There will also be musical performances as well.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 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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