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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texans in support of medical and recreational use of marijuana took to the streets in Dallas Saturday for a cannabis rally.

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Nearly five thousand people were in attendance to help bring awareness to marijuana law reform efforts in Texas.

Organizers for the event said the march allows people to come together and actively further the discussion about marijuana in the state.

“That’s what I’m concerned with is getting sick people who are dying a chance to improve the quality of their life by ingesting some cannabis, said demonstrator Shaun McAlister.”

McAlister also argued that weed can be taxed and regulated.

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The group says their primary focus now is supporting the medical use of marijuana in Texas.

Demonstrators believe once that is accomplished they can begin to push towards the full legalization of marijuana in the state.

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