A large crowd marched through Austin on Saturday for the 10th annual Marijuana March. Marchers hoped to bring attention to marijuana law reform.m
Dave Wieneche, the group’s athletics director said we’re constantly losing Texans because they need the drug for medical reasons.
“Or they’re just passing away because they can’t afford their medicine, or because the pharmaceuticals they’re taking are deteriorating their bodies,” he said.
Holding signs and chanting, the march began at Austin City Hall and trailed through Downtown before it ended at the steps of the Texas State Capitol.
Several speakers spoke passionately about the effects current laws have on them.
Eric Espionza, born with cerebral palsy and an active marijuana user, said although three bills related to cannabis legalization have failed, the fight isn’t over.
“The next two years are vital for us. We need you to be the voice you said you would be for us and stand for us when we cannot,” Espionza said.
The next opportunity to pass legislation will come in 2019 when the Texas legislature meets again. Until then, there are already 29 states which have passed medical marijuana laws.