Pro-cannabis rally to take place Saturday in Parkersburg

Published: Apr. 20, 2018 at 6:34 PM EDT
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A pro-cannabis rally will take place Saturday in Parkersburg, to raise awareness about proposed changes to medical marijuana legislation.

Organizers want West Virginia lawmakers to talk about the proposed changes to the state's medical marijuana legislation.

Brent West, a Wood County resident, considers himself a cannabis activist. He organized Saturday’s rally at Bicentennial Park in downtown Parkersburg. He said the rally was organized because of the legislature’s “lack of movement” over addressing the medical cannabis bill.

In 2017, Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill that made West Virginia the 29th state to allow the use of marijuana for certain medical conditions. During this past legislative session, the state’s House of Delegates didn’t take up and agree to Senate changes to House Bill 4345. The bill dealt with permits for growers, processors, and dispensaries of medical cannabis.

Hemp Picks is sponsoring the rally. The business, which operates out of Point Park Marketplace, sells hemp-based products.

Robert Kerr, the CEO of Hemp Picks, will be speaking at the event. He said he’s more than happy to support the rally because he thinks cannabis can help West Virginians.

The rally will feature various speakers. It takes place Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here is a schedule:

11-11:30 Welcome and opening

11:30-12p Danny Bragg of Green is the new Black

12:00-12:15 Joel Davis

12:15-12:30 Simon Hargus

12:30-12:45 Lisa Lucas

12:45-1p J. Morgan Leach

1-1:15 Jim Leach

1:15-1:30 David Bland

1:30-1:45 Hemp Picks

1:45-2 Closing Remarks

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Similar rallies will be held in Beckley, Buckhannon, Lewisburg, and Morgantown.