At Long Last, Marijuana Activists Allowed to March in Dallas' St. Paddy's Day Parade

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DFW NORML members, protesting their unjust exclusion from Dallas' 2013 St. Patrick's Day parade.
At the time, we never did get an official explanation for why DFW NORML was barred from participating in last year's Dallas St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival. Presumably, it was like the marijuana group said at the time: Organizers simply didn't think weed meshed with the event's new "family-friendly" focus -- an ironic stance given that year's musical headliner.

How things can change in a year. Rather than being relegated to sidewalk protests, the DFW NORML crew will be in the actual parade (float No. 50) riding a trio of cannabis-themed vehicles, to wit:

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What changed? Event spokeswoman Carey Marin says that last year, "because of the timing of when the float application was submitted and the date of the parade, the [Greenville Avenue Business Association] board never had a chance to have a formal conversation about it. This year, they discussed it ahead of time and decided that NORML had a right to enjoy the parade just like everyone else."

DFW NORML executive director Shaun McAlister chalks it up to a couple of factors.

See also: Dallas Weed Activists Plan St. Paddy's Day Protest after Being Excluded from Parade

The group's protest last year generated significant, if not blanket, media coverage, "and they didn't want to repeat that." There's also been a noticeable shift in public opinion on marijuana over the past year, boosted by the successful legalization efforts in Colorado and Washington.

Parade organizers now "feel less like they're going out on a limb and more like they're responding to the will of the people." Once McAlister convinced them that the group's volunteers, about 40 of whom are expected to show up, will be calmly handing out literature rather than hurling it into the crowd, the parade slot was theirs.

Also important, McAlister says, is "the simple fact that we're paying a grand."

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kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I stuck a bunch of those pro pot flyers in my nephews candy bag from the parade; his mom's and dad are SUPA conservative.  They are going to be going through his bag going, what the hell is going on down in Dallas?  Nothing more awesome than being an OKC conservative!  Then later on in the pool he was yelling "genocide!", and I was like "what the what"? 

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Know of any site with stream of the parade?

Crap viewing this year. Bailed. My hat broke, so no chance getting on tv.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

What I don't get is why they still call it a "St. Patrick's" day parade.  They should just call it "inebriation" day or some such.

doublecheese
doublecheese

I don't have much against weed, and think it should be legalized, but these pro-marijuana groups are almost universally tacky.  A Texas flag with a marijuana leaf instead of a star is just in poor taste.


Then again, it's a tacky parade, so what the hell...

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

Handing out literature and tossing joints into the crowd.

ruddski
ruddski

Marijuana is evil!

$$$$$$$

Well, hold on a minute..

Funny world, when Governor Moonbeam is against legalization, and Governor Perry leans pro-legalization.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@bvckvs  


That's why I watched from the Park Lane end of said parade....the I got the hell out of there before the sanitation trucks came.  

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@doublecheese

That's a solid point.  I'm for legalization, in principle, and I've always tried to be supportive of the legalization movements.  But the way the activists behave, it's easy to see why that group has been unable to get the laws changed.  Their just so fucking bonkers, no politician could ever treat them seriously.

I think the problem is that the cocaine, heroin and meth creeps are given too loud a voice - overwhelming whatever positive message the rest are trying to put out.

ruddski
ruddski

@Mervis

Literature seems a little superfluous, unless it's from Zig-Zag publishing.

buddyguy.guy
buddyguy.guy

@bvckvs @doublecheese   


If everyone thinks the activism will make it legal You're wrong. In Texas its the legislative branch is the only ones whom can change the laws, so the people need to make this happen. 


And as for the activists behavior.?

Well Mr Double cheese..... you're about to be educated.

                Its more than getting high. 

Back in April at DFW Norml's 4/20 party The Green Elephant! I saw how this AWESOME this "Family" is I won't say "Group" because it's more than that. I saw that night that they really care. They are out speaking for those who Don't, those who Won't, and most of all, those who Can't. The ones that are Afraid for lots of reasons . But most of all... the ones that are Ill. The ones that see Cannabis as Medicine. A miracle that can heal much more than the poisons the F.D.A. "approves" as 'medicine". But they killed the stereotype that Norml as a bunch of 'slackers" . Once I saw how organized it is. I'm talking about really involved. With social media DFW Norml has reached probably by now about a quarter million people If not more. They are going to drug policy conferences, hosting conferences, legislative strategy, lobbyist training, outreach to Military Veterans.  And my opinion,   If Vet's can't get the proper medical care the deserve for risking their LIVES from the ones whom sent them there in the first place . That sickens me. 


 Oh and did I mention the barbeque cookout Dfw Norml   had at the Veteran Administration Hospital in Dallas last summer. It was over 100 degrees that day and we cooked    hundreds of burgers, hot dogs and ribs for all the Veterans that couldn't leave the hospital.

                                                                                                        Herb's the Word!

buddyguy.guy
buddyguy.guy

@bvckvs @doublecheese Oh and did I mention the barbeque cookout Dfw Norml   had at the Veteran Administration Hospital in Dallas last summer. It was over 100 degrees that day and we cooked    hundreds of burgers, hot dogs and ribs for all the Veterans that couldn't leave the hospital .

ruddski
ruddski

@bvckvs

There were all sorts of odd-looking characters pushing medical weed petitions in florida.

They succeeded, it's now on the ballot.

ruddski
ruddski

@JFPO

My mistake. Moving toward decriminalization, not legalization. Its a step in the right direction, is it not?

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@buddyguy.guy @bvckvs@doublecheese

Unfortunately, that side of pot activism is overshadowed by the meth heads, coke heads, and junkies and Libertarians who would abuse the privilege.

It's like how some anti-abortion activists see their issue in a realistic light, but are overwhelmed by the right-wing psychos who just use the issue as a political football.

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