Thousands honk for medical marijuana in Arlington
Activists unveiled a 30 foot banner on an overpass overlooking Loop 360 in Arlington during rush hour traffic to encourage people to honk for medical marijuana on Tuesday.
Gathering together at 4 p.m., a group of people with the DFW Medical Marijuana Bridge Brigade, many of which who are active with the non-profit marijuana reform organization DFW NORML, spent two hours raising awareness about the need to legalize medical cannabis in Texas.
The Brigade’s organizer, Nick Carpenter, told Texas Cannabis Report that it’s a direct form of activism. “The goal of the DFW Medical Marijuana Bridge Brigade is to take our message directly to the streets. We want to cause conversations that otherwise might not happen. It’s relatively cheap and we can move around to keep spreading the word about medical marijuana in DFW” Carpenter stated
As it turns out, the thousands who passed by were in agreement as many honked their horns in support. Several vehicles even pulled to the side of the road to take pictures, while some even went up to join in participation and learn more about the group.
For two hours, around 45 people came and went from the sign waving event.
DFW NORML’s Executive Director, Shaun McAlister, said that the response was positive from people, saying “we showed that Texans are extremely receptive to this kind of activism. A simple banner with the words “Honk for Medical Marijuana” at an unexpected time and place caused people to slow down on their rush hour drive home, just to take photos and videos.”
He added, “from this, we’ve seen a significant uptick in people talking about us on social media and interacting with our posts, so clearly this is a strategy that agrees with the people we represent.”
For many, what would have otherwise been a normal trip home from work, they were treated to something special. Even a local radio station, Lone Star 92.5, mentioned the group during their afternoon traffic report.
“Just think about how many people were coming home down that same stretch of highway like they do every day. But this time, they saw something that gave them hope for the future. A few activists on a bridge with a giant banner gave thousands of north Texans hope that medical marijuana is coming and it’s coming because people are willing to stand up and fight for it” McAlister stated.
This all leads up to the group’s Cowtown Medical Cannabis Rally being held in Fort Worth, an event which is slated to feature medical professionals, patients, and parents of sick children, to talk about the necessity of getting a medical marijuana program in Texas.
A poll conducted by CBS shows that 86 percent of Americans support legalizing medical marijuana.