POSTED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 9:41pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 9:41pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — A controversial group called Texas National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is in town to present the case for making Texas the next state to legalize marijuana.
The goal is to form a chapter here in El Paso that can gain support and discuss a statewide strategy to legalize the drug.
The Texas Chapter's leader says El Paso's proximity to the border makes it a special place because people can speak to the direct effects of drug trafficking and prohibition. The group's overall message is that a legalized market is beneficial for everyone in our society, including children, parents, law enforcement, teachers, veterans, and the elderly.
"Through regulation, we can keep it out of the hands of children. We can make sure that people aren't getting involved in harder drugs. We can make sure the product isn't tainted in some way. We can tax it, we can control who has it and how much rather than just a free for all. There is no control in prohibition, so it's a black market which only breeds violence, we've seen in the past," said NORML Texas Chapter Executive Director Cheyanne G. Weldon.
The Border Legislative Conference starts at 8am Saturday at the Doubletree.