April 29, 2015 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Houston, TX – The 2015 Global Marijuana March will take place in downtown Houston on Saturday, May 2 at 12pm. A rally will be held at City Hall until 1:30pm when supporters will take to the streets to march several blocks and return back to Hermann Square. The event is being organized by the Houston chapter of NORML, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws along with other advocacy organizations and sponsors.
Although this will be Houston’s first large-scale Global Marijuana March, more than 800 cities in over 72 countries have participated in a similar event the first Saturday of May since 1999.
The event is intended to raise awareness for marijuana-related bills currently pending in the Texas Legislature. Namely: HB 507 / SB 1417 that would decriminalize possession of 1oz. or less of marijuana, HB 3785 / SB 1839 that would allow for legal access to medical marijuana, and HB 2165 that would repeal prohibition of the plant entirely. Thousands of supporters are expected to gather at City Hall to celebrate and demonstrate their support for marijuana policy reform.
Organizers say all necessary permits have been issued and the City of Houston has been very accommodating in helping them prepare for Saturday. There will be music, vendors, food trucks, and an impressive lineup of special guest speakers, including: Kim Ogg, former prosecutor and former executive director of Crime Stoppers of Houston, Jeremy Bourque, an epilepsy patient whose case has recently made headlines in Jefferson County, Ann Lee, executive director of RAMP, Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas, and the Presidents of both the Houston Young Republicans and Young Democrats clubs.
“We expect this to be the largest marijuana-related event in Texas history,” states Jason Miller, executive director of Houston NORML, “More and more Texans are seeing marijuana prohibition as a failed policy and a grave injustice. Our event however is not a protest; it’s a celebration of the strides we’ve made this legislative session. We encourage everyone to come out and have a fun and friendly time.”
Houston NORML is a nonprofit, 501(c)(4) organization working to move public opinion sufficiently through open and honest conversation about reforming marijuana laws to allow for the legalization of marijuana for responsible use by adults and to educate and inform the public of the medical benefits of cannabis and the dangers of prohibition. Learn more at: HoustonNORML.org