Come participate with Texas NORML in Austin, Texas as we march from City Hall to the Texas Capitol Building in support of cannabis law reform. Help us bring attention to the failed Drug War and the failed drug policy of prohibition! We will be showing our support for the following bills:
*HB507 / SB1417 – these bills would reduce possession of an oz or less of cannabis to a civil penalty, similar to a traffic ticket.
*HB 3785 / SB1339 – these bills would create a comprehensive medical cannabis program in Texas.
*HB837 – this bill would offer an affirmative defense for patients and caregivers caught with cannabis medicine and would protect Doctors so they can discuss medical cannabis with their patients
*HB2165 – this bill would fully repeal marijuana prohibition, removing all statues from Texas law.
***Remember that this March is being held DURING the Legislative Session. Let us ALL come out from near and far to show the powerful support these bills and this issue has.***
We will meet at City Hall at 11:30 am and march down Congress at HIGH NOON and up to the Capitol’s South Steps where we will hold a rally until 4pm. Patients will lead the March with a banner. Veterans are encouraged to wear hats, shirts or ribbons identifying their military service and dedication. Bring an umbrella for shade while you march. We will provide water at the Capitol Building Steps. Stay tuned for updates here. We will have some signs but please feel free to make your own and bring it.
We will be hearing from a brilliant array of speakers ~
David Bass – Director of Veteran’s Outreach, Texas NORML
Thalia Michelle – Executive Director of MAMMA – Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism
Vincent Lopez – Founder of Patient Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics (PACT) and Director of Patient Outreach for Texas NORML
Shaun McAllister – Executive Director of DFW Norml
Zoe Russell – Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP)
Phillip Martin – Progress Texas
Jason Miller – Executive Director of Houston NORML
Jax Finkel – Deputy Director of Texas NORML
Mark Miller, PhD, PE – Legislative Coordinator for Libertarian Party of Texas and 2014 Candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner
… and more to be announced!
Music by the lovely songstress, Eve Thompson!
City Hall – City Hall has a parking garage at 301 W 2nd Street under City Hall Building. It is first come first serve parking, free till 5pm and $8 flat rate afterwards. There is handicapped parking in the garage. There is also a parking garage at 100 Congress Ave P1 or State Garage N on W 3rd St. There will also be several other parking lots in the area and surface street parking.
Capitol Building – Please park in the Visitor Parking Lot at 1200 San Jacinto. It is free for the first 2 hours and then charged hourly but no more that $8 for the whole day. There is handicapped parking in the garage as well as on the surface streets to the East of the Capitol Building. Please remember that metered parking around the Capitol Building only accepts change not credit cards.
It is important that all Texans from all cities come and show their support for drug law reform and help us keep the eye of the media and our lawmakers on this critically important issue! Therefore, Texas NORML is sending a delegation to the marches in the following. These cities will also be arranging caravans to Austin so we can show a united front at the Capitol during the Legislative Session.
*DFW NORML March – Saturday, May 2nd – If you live in the area or are able to attend, please stay tuned here for updates.
*Houston NORML March – Saturday, May 2nd – If you live in the area or are able to attend, please stay tuned here for update.
*San Antonio NORML – Sunday, May 3rd – If you live in the area or are able to attend, please stay tuned here for updates.
Remember, the problem is the LAW, not the plant!
Please share this event with all of your Texan friends. 🙂