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North Texas Libertarians are joining the Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (DFW NORML) in the free annual worldwide rally, The Global Marijuana March, on May 5.
Since the event falls on Cinco de Mayo this year, a day Texans of all backgrounds traditionally celebrate Mexican culture and heritage, DFW NORML has branded its Dallas event "Cinco de Mota – Festival & March."
According to their website, "'mota' is Latin American Spanish Slang for 'weed.'"
The purpose of the tie-in, DFW NORML explains, is "a grim acknowledgement from our community of the more than 50,000 Mexican lives that have been lost since President Felipe Calderon launched a massive military crackdown against the cartels in 2006."
"Marijuana prohibition is yet another government assault on freedom that has so many horrible consequences," Dallas County Libertarian Party's Jordan Wagnon said.
Wagnon also told the Dallas Libertarian Examiner that his party will be heading up an outreach booth with "a broad assortment of literature" including the World's Smallest Political Quiz, Texas LP bumper stickers, national LP brochures, new Dallas County LP flyers and business cards and Vice-Chair Curry Taylor's "beautifully assembled" inagural issue of the LPDC newsletter.
The Cinco de Mota Festival takes place at Dallas City Hall at 2:00 pm and features food trucks, speakers (including John Lindsay of the Dallas County Libertarian Party Executive Committee), live music (six bands are scheduled at this writing), vendors, information tables (including the LP booth), fire spinners, live painting, security, temporary donikers, and more.
Lindsay will speak for about ten minutes, and told the Dallas Libertarian Examiner, "my speaking topic will use the NJ Weed Man jury nullification article that you published."
The march begins at 4:20 and covers several blocks of downtown Dallas, much of it down Elm Street to Houston, back up Commerce Street and ending where it began at City Hall. The actual march route can be downloaded in PDF format from NORML's website.
Marchers from last year's Dallas event carried flags with peace symbols and pot leaves, signs that read "Pot is my medicine" and "We are not criminals" and "Cannabis is safer than alcohol," wore "NORML" and "Legalize Marijuana" tee shirts and waved the occasional red-white-and-blue Libertarian poster.
Cinco de Mato/Global Marijuana March
May 5, 2012, 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Dallas City Hall Plaza
All details at DFWNORML.org
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