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Third Annual El Paso Global Marijuana March Returning

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For the third time, El Paso will be participating in the Global Marijuana March 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.

About 120 people participated the first two years in march, which has been organized by El Paso NORML, and this year they’re looking to make it even bigger.

Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Colt DeMorris, says that “El Paso’s participation in the Global Marijuana March is important because we (El Paso) must show that we are ready to end cannabis prohibition where it started.”

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

Marijuana prohibition kicked off in Texas 101 years ago in El Paso. Throughout the last decade, an average of 72,000 people each year in Texas alone have been arrested for marijuana.

“We have to let the rest of Texas know that we are tired of cannabis prohibition and what it brings to our community,” states DeMorris. “El Paso, unlike most other Texas cities, is very familiar with the violence linked to the drug war in Mexico and the repercussions it has on the community. One way to put a dent in it, is to legalize cannabis and take the profits from the cartel.”

The march will begin at Memorial Park in El Paso and attendees will then march to the El Paso Police Department and hold a rally. Afterwards there will be a pot luck at Memorial Park. It all kicks off at 11:15 am and will conclude at 3:30 pm.

“We have to stay loud and active and show that we are ready for reform,” DeMorris concludes.

To see all of the marches taking place in Texas that day, click here.

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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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