For the third year in a row DFW NORML, the Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, will be staging their version of the Global Marijuana March of North Texas.
The event will take place in downtown Cowtown Saturday, May 2, 2015 and will feature speakers, live music, vendor booths, food and drink, prizes, a march for marijuana from Mambo’s Tapas Cantina to the historic Tarrant County Courthouse – and Libertarian Party activists.
Any question that local Libertarians would be participating was put to rest by the LP Events Facebook page hosted by Brook Bailey where the enthusiasm has been obvious.
“I can come early,” Lyle Kimball promised.
“I have a six foot folding table I will bring,” John Spivey offered.
“I will help anyway I can,” said Randy Butler. “I am also printing out materials for the table.”
Jordan Cummings wrote, “I’m down to help out” (which would seem to be preferable to “I’m down and out.”)
“I Will be there most of the day and gladly help set up, etc.” posted Rocky Palmquist, a big hit at last year’s event as a featured speaker while running for Ag Commissioner on the LP ticket. He is already a confirmed speaker again this year as well.
Whether activists support medical marijuana, recreational cannabis, industrial hemp or just reducing the penalties for pot possession the Global March seems to be perfectly timed for Texas.
According to Texas Cannabis Report 11 different marijuana-related bills have been in various stages of working their way through the tangled web of red tape in the innards of the state capital in Austin. Five proposals deal with the medical benefits of cannabis, another five address legislation to decrease criminal penalties for possession and one would allow defendants to tell jurors that they use marijuana for medicinal purposes without being held in contempt of court.
Also House Bill 1322, which would fully legalize hemp for Texas farmers to grow, has been “Left pending in committee” since March 18.
“NORML,” says their Facebook page, “supports your rights to freedom and fairness,” but to accomplish that “we need your help promoting the event online.” They are also asking for everyone’s help to “grow this event to be our biggest public demonstration by Texans” in an effort to finally convert Texas from a prohibitionist state into a freedom state.
As for Tarrant County Libertarians: “This is a great opportunity for LP to reach a group of folks that are already politically active and educate them about other liberty issues.”