At about 6 p.m. on April 5, while traveling from Dallas to Austin on its way to protest harmful cannabis laws at the Texas State House, the cannabis quilt was stolen from the luggage rack on the roof of Moms For Marijuana’s Texas Chapters Leader’s beige Ford Explorer, in the parking lot of the CVS drug store in Irving, Texas.
Both panels were stolen, but only one was returned: the United States panel, which is 18′ x24′, was returned, and the Unity panel, approximately 8′ x 10′, is still missing.
A Moms For Marijuana chapter leader reportedly received a phone call with details of the Cannabis Quilt’s location on the side of a road and she went and picked it up.
“Amazing! I thought we would never see it again!” said Dana Arvidson, director of fundraising at Moms For Marijuana. “Thank you to whomever returned it!”
“I told you today was the day!” posted Candace Junkin, assistant director at Moms For Marijuana International. “Someone turned it in! You guys did this! Your help brought it back! Thank you so much!”
“It has some damage, which we can repair, and the Unity Panel is not with it, but the U.S. panel has been returned!” Moms For Marijuana International said in a Tuesday afternoon press release. “Someone got the word — word that was spread around the country by all of YOU — dropped it off on the side of the road and called us to turn it in!”
“We want to thank EVERYONE who joined in this search,” the group said in a prepared statement. “We could not have done it without you! The Cannabis Quilt is all about unity in the quest for cannabis legalization. And it did exactly what it was meant to do, it brought is all together.
“Words cannot express our gratitude to our canna-family, the community and the media for all your help,” the statement reads. “The search is still on for the Unity Panel, but our main panel is back! Thank you. Thank YOU! From the bottom of our hearts!”