Hundreds Call for Legalization of MMJ In Texas

Hundreds Call for Legalization of MMJ In Texas
Posted by FoM on May 07, 2000 at 05:50:27 PT
By Amy Strahan, Associated Press 
Source: Star-Telegram
Hundreds of people chanting "Free the weed," "Legalize the herb" and other slogans converged Saturday on the Capitol, calling for the legalization of marijuana. Demonstrators said the government should spend their time on violent criminals, not on recreational pot smokers. About 300 people were in the demonstration.
"This is not our biggest issue, and they shouldn't be incarcerating people for it," a 38-year-old computer hardware designer said. He asked not to be identified.Many compared laws banning the possession of marijuana to Prohibition. They sported signs that read "Free the Weed and You Free Us," in addition to fake garlands of marijuana and a few branches that looked suspiciously real. Many wore costumes and carried drums. One man marched on stilts.Zeal Stefanoff, a Hays County man who in 1991 protested drug laws by smoking a joint in the San Marcos police station, called Saturday for more civil disobedience."We're living under more draconian laws than existed during Prohibition," Stefanoff said. "Every 45 seconds, someone in the U.S. is arrested for marijuana."Stefanoff asked supporters to turn themselves in."Walk in the police station and turn yourselves in. If we put every one of you into the courthouse, it's over," he said, predicting the county could not handle that many arrests.Other speakers Saturday called for legalization of medicinal uses of marijuana. A few states, including California, have legalized medicinal marijuana."If you want it to be seen as a medicine, we need to use it as such," said Cristal Allen, a speaker at the event who also uses the plant for religious worship as a member of the Native American church. She admonished the crowd to cut back on recreational uses for the drug in favor of medicinal purposes."You're not just supposed to use it when you're out sitting with your brothers drinking beer," she added.Tourists inside the Capitol who accidentally walked into the middle of the flamboyant crowd, appeared confused. Similar marches were held in more than 90 cities Saturday.Austin:Published: May 6, 2000 2000 Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas Related Articles & Web Sites:Millennium Marijuana March 2000 National Million Marijuana March Speak Against State's Drug Sentencing Advocate Announce Creation of Federal MJ Party MJ - Medical Pot Sparks Park Rally Draws A Crowd Campaigners on the March Protest in Capital Pushes Pot Law 2000, Albert Park, Auckland, Saturday 6th May 
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Comment #4 posted by Patrick on August 10, 2001 at 08:29:40 PT
This link was posted here before. It should provide you with the info you are seeking on Texas.
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Comment #3 posted by John on August 09, 2001 at 19:27:09 PT:
Mary Jane
Does anyone know what the penality for under two ounces is in Texas?  Thanks
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Comment #2 posted by Josh Colvin on December 05, 2000 at 11:13:40 PT:
Rally in San Antonio
We should definitly form a march or rally here in San Antonio. I know many people would show up and give their support. If anybody is interested in forming such a march or rally, please contact me.
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Comment #1 posted by John Hawkins on September 20, 2000 at 00:41:36 PT:
Marijuana Marches
Hey whats up. I really appreciate the stuff yall are doing to legalize marijana. I think it should be legalized. They should illegalize alchol and legalize weed. I just wanted to propose that you organize a marijuana march here in San Antonio. I couldnt go to Austin. I think there would be a big show up and it will be on the news. Well thanks for your time and E-mail me if you get one organized.
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