El Pasoans participate in Global Marijuana March for the first time
WEST EL PASO — A group of El Pasoans participated in the Global Marijuana March Saturday afternoon for the first time.
As participants marched near downtown El Paso, several cars honked in support of their cause.
Organizers say the march is a celebration embracing cannabis culture as a personal lifestyle choice.
More than 800 cities from 70 countries take part in the annual event.
Demonstrators believe marijuana should be legalized.
"We're normal people, we represent everybody and we don't want to be persecuted for using the most beneficial plant in the world," Global Marijuana March participant Adrian Perez said.
"We're joining with people around the world to march for cannabis, you know, for the legalization to stop locking people up...to be able to give patients their safe access," said Colt DeMorris, executive director of El Paso Norml.
In Texas, medical and recreational marijuana is illegal.
The Global Marijuana March started in 1999.