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Texas cop shows encouragement for young marijuana activists

Around 2,000 people marched through Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.
Around 2,000 people marched through Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

Back in October a marijuana protest rally was held in downtown Dallas where around 2,000 people attended and marched from City Hall to Dealey Plaza.

Put on by the non-profit group DFW NORML, their permits required that they hire police officers for security.

At least a dozen Dallas police officers were on hand to ensure the event remained safe, and many of them were largely in support of what was going on.

Several of those officers voiced their support for marijuana legalization, though said that they wanted participants to be respectful by not consuming cannabis in from of them. At one point an officer approached a man and pulled a joint from his hand, then calmly walked away without further incident.

One officer noted that at times people pushed the limit, but no one ever stepped over the line. “Marijuana is still illegal, and people need to be aware of their surroundings. Go down the street or at least away from officers and any children.”

That officer was happy though to see so many young people at the march. “Kids these days aren’t hardly involved in politics at all, so it’s refreshing to see them stand up for something they believe in, and hopefully that leads them to further activism in areas other than marijuana legalization.”

The officer also expressed support for marijuana legalization, even though that officer does not personally consume it.

Also on the scene were local fire fighters. One of them stated that they support marijuana legalization, but asked that they not be photographed. Officers also asked not to be photographed as well.

Last week the Houston Chief of Police stated that “marijuana prohibition is a failure.”

More and more police officers are coming out against marijuana’s¬†current illegality.

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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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