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Activists march to decriminalize marijuana

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As Texas lawmakers are one step closer to decriminalizing marijuana, activists hit the streets of Austin for the Texas Marijuana March.

More than 200 marched down Congress Avenue to the steps of the capitol this afternoon in support of legalizing marijuana. Some who didn't know about the march even picked up signs and joined in when they realized what it was about.

It appears the movement to decriminalize marijuana could be seeing more support. Texas House Bill 184, the marijuana decriminalization bill cleared the criminal jurisprudence committee in March.

Today's activists say they're hopeful this is a step in the direction of possessing marijuana less of a crime.

"The state of Texas is for it and I think that they're ready for it. They don't want to waste their money on non-violent offenders when we should be focusing on violent offenders, rapists and murderers," said Jaclyn Finkel with the Texas chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

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