This last Saturday was DFW NORML’s annual Global Marijuana March. I had not heard of this protest until this year, but it has reached global proportions. For more information directly related to the March and its history, please go to the website. One of the first things I noticed, was that people were consuming cannabis without fear, and all within eye-sight of several Fort Worth police officers. It was nice to have them keeping us safe, rather than arresting us for a non-violent “crime.” Even though this was my first March, I volunteered for security. I can proudly say that there were no fights and no arrests.
The energy of the crowd was electrifying. Each speaker got up and spoke with great passion. I learned about people and organizations fighting for cannabis reform in many different ways. Some were advocating medical reasons, and some were keeping it to an issue of liberty and freedom. One of the most interesting things that I learned more about was jury nullification. Karen Reeves gave the inspiring speech. I knew this was a thing, but I learned more about it. In short, juries can fight for the rights of individuals by voting “not guilty” on cannabis-related court cases. It doesn’t matter if they have all the evidence they need for a conviction. A juror can hang the jury be voting “not guilty” and the person(s) walks away acquitted of the charge(s). This has been used effectively in the West, and it continues to serve as a defense in the suffocation of our freedoms.
The event started in Hyde Park on 9th street in downtown Fort Worth. We were there for about 3 hours, enjoying cannabis, food, vendors, speakers, and musicians. Then, about 3pm, we made the 9-block trek to the Fort Worth courthouse. There were various chants, including “FREE THE WEED,” “WE SMOKE WEED,” “LEGALIZE,” and “RE-LEGALIZE.” It was exciting. Many people continued to smoke as we made the journey. Once we arrived, there were several more guest speakers, including someone running for mayor in Whitewright, Texas. I forget his name (It was something like Johnny Loon, or maybe it was Looney). Either way, he is an Army veteran that uses cannabis to help with his PTSD. He feared the repercussions of going public, but he wanted to be honest, so he did it anyway. Much to his surprise, the town took it well. He gave a great speech advocating for cannabis legalization, and it was refreshing.
One of the more interesting things that I saw at the March, was the lighting of a massive joint on the steps of the courthouse. When I say this thing was huge, I mean HUGE! The people that were taking hits off of it had to hold it with both hands. It looked like the size of a small baseball bat, and about as big around as a softball. No, this was not a prop, but an actual joint that people were passing around. It was crazy! I had never witnessed anything like it. Unfortunately, it never made it to me. That’s OK, though, because I was still actively protesting.
This event was a huge success! I plan to add it to my list of annual engagements. Even once legalization and all its positive effects reach Texas, I will continue to march until we are totally free. Weight limits and border rules work, for now, but the goal is to get America, and the rest of the world, green. I think it will happen in the next few years, but I am a bit hopeful. Either way, the walls of cannabis prohibition are crumbling down. Now is the time to be bold and brave. We will show them, “WE ARE NOT AFRAID!” Wagen, over and out.