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San Antonio marijuana reform march
Last year, the San Antonio chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, held its first marijuana reform march and rally./photo: Alex Ramirez | San Antonio Current

Last year was a historic year for the Alamo City chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML.

The group of activists who want to see Texas’ pot laws reformed held its first rally and march.

And on May 7, at 2 p.m., it will continue to support Lone Star State pot reforms with its second annual march and rally.

Destiny Young, SA NORML’s new executive director (she replaces DWI and 420 Dude Jamie Balagia), said supporters should meet at Brackenridge Park at 2 p.m. at the softball fields.

“We want people to exercise their First Amendment on this march,” Young said, encouraging marchers to make posters to carry while marching down Broadway to Pinks Patio — just passed Maverick Park.  (Check SA NORML’s Facebook for an announcement about a sign-making party that is scheduled for May 4.)

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Last year was a historic year for weed reform in Texas. The Legislature passed a CBD-oil bill, which was heavily criticized for a number of reasons, including that any doctor who “prescribed” the substance — as required by Texas law — as opposed to “recommending” it would run afoul of federal drug laws.

Young said SA NORML is busy educating people in San Antonio that 2017 is another Legislative session where coalitions like Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy will be actively seeking to reform Lone Star State cannabis laws.

“A lot of people in San Antonio haven’t been educated on drug reform,” Young explained. “At our last meeting, there were a lot of new faces and a lot of people didn’t know we can only try this every two years.”

But the education factor is SA NORML’s mission, not the lobbying. As a new 501(c)3 nonprofit, the reform advocates can only educate, not lobby. 

The rally will feature speakers from the groups Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition. Young and Balagia will also speak.

And, assuming it’s already scorching outside by May 7, cool down at the pet-friendly after party at Pinks.

SA NORML meets every third Thursday at Tilo Mexican Restaurant (12403 West Ave.).

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