'Will Rap for Weed': Woman tries to raise awareness of medical marijuana

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by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on August 16, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 16 at 7:40 PM

HOUSTON -- A woman on the corner of Montrose and Westheimer is getting lots of attention as walks around with a sign that reads, “Will Rap for Weed.”

Yvette Gbalazeh said she is not panhandling for drugs, but protesting for change.

“I am an advocate for medicinal marijuana, not recreational use,” she said.

The rapper and DJ said she herself was advised years ago to smoke marijuana for her eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

“I don’t think that I should have to go to some organized crime ring. They don’t just sell weed. They sell coke (or cocaine). They sell people,” Gbalazeh said.

“If I’m not mistaken, didn’t God make these plants and herbs for us to use?” said Tony Henry, a motorist.

Not everyone agrees with her method or her message.

“It’s illegal. You don’t think you could get in trouble for standing out here with a sign?” Danielle Belt stopped to ask Gbalazeh as she was driving past.

“I do have police officers that tell me I need to change my sign. I need to put it up and what I tell them is if this sign was written on my T-shirt would they make me go home and change my T-shirt?” she asked.

Gbalazeh said she does not accept drugs. She does accept cash, however. She said she lives in her car and will accept money.

She invited those interested in legalizing marijuana in Texas to visit her Facebook page.

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