Marijuana March of North Texas 2017
Posted on: March 30, 2017
The Marijuana March of North Texas is part of the 2017 Global Marijuana March, an annual event held in more than 300 cities across the globe. Here in North Texas, our march is officially confirmed for May 6, 2017 from 12pm – 5pm at Burk Burnett Park in Fort Worth.
Hosted once again by the Dallas / Fort Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (DFW NORML) this festival-style event is free to attend, open to the public and includes speakers, live music, vendor booths, food as well as the main event: A march through the streets of Fort Worth to the Tarrant County Courthouse!
When: Saturday, May 6 at 12 PM – 5 PM
Where: Burk Burnett Park, 698 W 7th St, Fort Worth, Texas 76102
OFFICIAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
12pm – Gates open, speakers & music begin
2:30pm – Begin gathering for the march
3pm – March from Burnett Park to Courthouse
4pm – March back to Burnett Park
5pm – Event concludes
6pm – After party at Red Goose Saloon, 18+
RSVP on our Facebook event page for event announcements including a complete list of vendors and sponsors, speakers, schedule of events, march route, nearby parking garages, raffle prizes and more: https://www.facebook.com/events/210292532763571/
Mark your calendars for May 6th, invite your buds and together we will continue ending cannabis prohibition one Texan at a time.
PRESENTED BY: DFW NORML
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CONFIRMED SPEAKERS FOR THE 2017 MARIJUANA MARCH OF NORTH TEXAS
1. Active duty Dallas Police Officer Nick Novello was born in New York in 1953. After serving 10 years of active duty in both the Navy and Army, he attended Florida Tech, and received an MS in Business. He joined the Dallas Park Police in 1982, (merged with DPD in 1986) and has been a beat officer for 35 years.
Over time, he began to understand that there are serious flaws in the policing process, particularly where incarceration in concerned, and was compelled to seek reform, with an emphasis on ending the war on drugs. “We are preying on those we have sworn to protect, and this perverse dynamic is felt most in black and brown communities. Reform has become the imperative of the day.” – Nick Novello
2. Akila Parker is a medical healthcare professional, a board member and the Patient Outreach Coordinator for #TexasNORML.
3. Dave Wienecke is the Director of Fitness & Athletics for Texas NORML (Team Hope Through Cannabis) and is a board member.
4. Aaron Gutknecht is a Statistics instructor at a college here in North Texas and a current board member of DFW NORML. He is also one of the two DFW NORML members who each contributed $1,500 to pay for the marijuana march billboard currently visible at i35 and Rosedale.
5. Jessica Pallett is a Libertarian Party Candidate, Distinguished #Toastmaster, Personal Freedom Activist, and Board Member for DFW NORML. As a State Representative Candidate in 2016, it became evident that conservative lawmakers have been doing damage to their constituent’s freedoms for decades.
After receiving 15,000 votes with a mere $400 dollar campaign budget, but losing her race to Republican Incumbent State Representative Tony Tinderholt in District 94 who made a headlines for filing a controversial house bill that would criminalize women for having abortions, she continues to advocate for personal freedoms as a constituent.
6. Coral Reefer is a Cannabis activist and blogger from Santa Cruz, California. She runs several weedy websites, including NewsNug, which focuses on sharing Cannabis related news stories from across the globe throughout each week. Coral has attended countless events and rallies all over the world, and has been a guest speaker at events in different countries, including Australia and Canada.
7. David Sloane is a criminal defense attorney, a member of the NORML Legal Counsel and serves as the Public Information Officer on DFW NORML’s Board of Directors. Mr. Sloane’s law office sponsored the port-a-potties for the event, so please make sure you thank him when you see him.
8. Shaun McAlister, Executive Director of DFW NORML since 2011, independent photographer / videographer at www.iamshaun.com and the creator of Lone Star Leaf, an independent media group focusing exclusively on stories relevant to marijuana law reform in Texas.
9. Russ Belville – or “Radical” Russ, as he is known online – hosts The Marijuana Agenda with Russ Belville, a two-hour live news and talk radio program for the cannabis community, weekdays at 3pm Pacific on MJAgenda.com. The show is based in Portland, Oregon, but Russ has traveled over 300,000 air miles in the past five years, bringing his show to report live from hundreds of cannabis conferences, marijuana expos, hemp festivals, and legalization events in over 50 North American cities.
In addition, Russ is a prolific writer, contributing his marijuana policy expertise to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Green State, Huffington Post, and WeedNews.co, the net’s fastest-growing source for cannabis news and analysis, read by over a million unique visitors monthly and climbing. Russ’s “Radical Rant” column is also published twice-weekly at HIGHTIMES.com and Russ’s work has appeared in HIGH TIMES magazine since 2006.
With well over 4,000 hours of podcasts and 2,000 published articles reaching hundreds of thousands of listeners and readers, Russ Belville is one of the most recognizable voices in the marijuana media. Russ is also one of America’s most trusted cannabis pundits, owing to thousands of hours of non-profit marijuana reform activism with NORML at the local, state, and national level, long before there was a legal cannabis industry.
Russ has reported live from every marijuana election since California’s Prop 19 in 2010, including the recent Marijuana Election Night 2016 telecast seen by hundreds of thousands of viewers nationwide. Russ reported live from the moment legalization began at midnight under the Space Needle in Seattle in 2012 and on the Burnside Bridge in Portland in 2015 (the so-called “Burnside Burn” smoke-out Russ organized that brought out thousands of people) and covered the first legal marijuana sales in those cities as well.
Russ has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, politicians, artists, scientists, athletes, doctors, patients, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs on all aspects of cannabis, including breaking the news of the first sitting US congressman to admit his use of medical marijuana. Russ has also testified for marijuana reform in the Oregon statehouse and debated national reform opponents. Russ’s investigation of misused county drug education money during Oregon’s legalization campaign in 2014 was instrumental in the canceling of half of a planned anti-legalization tour planned by a leading prohibitionist. Russ then went on to report from the remaining half of the tour dates.
When Russ isn’t covering the world of weed, he enjoys American football, playing his bass guitar, and watching and reading political satire.
10. Lori Duckworth is the manager of the Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine medical marijuana clinic and founded the Southern Oregon NORML chapter in Medford. Lori is a cancer survivor and longtime lobbyist and advocate for Oregon’s medical marijuana patients who was instrumental in the passage of numerous rules and regulations for the marijuana industry. Lori has the dubious distinction of being the last person convicted of a marijuana felony in Oregon for providing medical marijuana to registered patients.
Lori’s medical marijuana dispensary was raided by Oregon police as part of Operation Storefront, a law enforcement action against the best-known, well-run dispensaries operating in the north, south, and east of the state. The state charged Lori with 29 felony counts over the raids that commenced just 10 days prior to the enactment of the 2013 Oregon law making dispensaries legal – a law Lori helped to make reality by providing tours to legislators who enshrined her best practices into that law. Lori pleaded guilty to one felony count that will be expunged this summer as part of Oregon’s new legalization laws.
When she’s not fighting to expand access to medical cannabis, Lori co-hosts Portland’s 420-Friendliest Airbnb home sharing at Delta-9 House & Studios. Lori is also an accomplished urban chicken farmer, gardener, and advocates for Second Amendment rights.
11. Eric Espinoza, medical cannabis advocate, Cerebral Palsy patient and Secretary of DFW NORML.
12. Daryoush Austin Zamhariri is a leader in Texas marijuana advocacy. Just this session, he spent over 14 days at the Capitol speaking to the offices over 100 State Representatives and 20 State Senators. In March he testified in support of HB 81, which decriminalizes under an ounce of marijuana to a 250$ civil fine. As a patient with IBD, he testified in support of HB 2107 to expand the Texas Compassionate Use Program. He worked closely with Operation Trapped to advocate for Veterans who need medical cannabis access and helped hand deliver 1400 veteran testimonials to Governor Abbott’s office.
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PARKING GARAGES AND LOTS NEAR BURNETT PARK
Since parking can sometimes be tricky downtown, use the map below for a list of nearby parking garages and lots. Or visit http://www.fortworthparking.com for an easy to use interactive map or even download the app “FWPARK.”