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St. Patrick's weekend Texas marijuana roundup

DFW NORML participating in their second St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dallas.
DFW NORML participating in their second St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dallas.

Marijuana activist groups from all over the state kicked off St. Patrick’s Day weekend with events to raise awareness for the need to change cannabis laws in Texas.

Two years ago the Dallas/Fort worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws was discriminated against and ultimately denied entry to the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Last year however, the group gained entry to the event and was a huge hit with the crowd. On Saturday they made their second appearance and tabled the event as well. An estimated 100,000 people attended the parade.

DFW NORML came prepared this year, with thousands of free HB2165 stickers as well as informational pamphlets, flyers for the upcoming Global Marijuana March and DFW NORML ink pens to hand out to attendees.

“Overall, I’d say we were extremely well received by the tens of thousands of (mostly drunk) parade attendees, though there were a few instances of people flipping us off, giving us a thumbs down or simply refusing a free pen when they saw the marijuana leaf on it” executive director Shaun McAlister stated. “Interestingly enough though, we had about a dozen Dallas Police Department officers accept our free pens, which included our logo, a marijuana leaf and the phrase ‘Isn’t it high time you got involved?'”

Out in El Paso on the same day, about 80 people got together to hold a rally in town and then continued afterwards with a BBQ in the park.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
El Paso March for Reefer Madness
Activists in El Paso held a rally to raise awareness for marijuana reform in Texas.

Moving back over to Lubbock, Hub City NORML began to get things back on track in their area by holding a meeting on Saturday. The group has struggled to find a consistent meeting place after their regular venue shut down and their board moved out of state.

Finally, NORML of Waco held a successful meeting to educate central Texans about the current cannabis bills in the Texas legislature and congress. About 35 people attended the meeting on Saturday, which also featured upcoming events, and the group also promoted its upcoming Texas Trash-off.

The group has adopted a two mile stretch of highway which they clean up quarterly. In April the group plans to participate in the statewide event and gather a large group of people together for a little fun and community service.

Two meetings by both North Houston NORML, and Houston NORML in Sugar Land kicked off the weekend on Friday.

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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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