More and more states are legalizing medical marijuana, so could Texas be next? Hundreds are marching Saturday for that very reason. More than 300 cities across the world are participating in an event that aims to support marijuana law reform. Three of those cities are in Texas. In Austin, people marched from city hall to the capitol in hopes of catching the attention of local representatives and senators. They are asking them to take a serious look at passing a medical marijuana and decriminalization bill for the 2015 legislative session.
"For each case of minor in possession they spend $10 thousand dollars. We do not want our taxpayer money spent on non-violent crimes for a plant that grows in the ground," says Jax Finkel, Texas NORML.
A recent survey conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune, showed nearly 77 percent out of 1,200 participants support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in Texas. Along with Austin, events also took place in Dallas and El Paso.
"We're here to show solidarity for medical patients, recreational users, for children who are stricken with diseases. We actually have mothers advocating for medicinal marijuana for autism," says Finkel.