Low voter turnout prompts second DFW NORML board election

DFW NORML is preparing for round two of a board member election due to a low turnout rate at the polls this past weekend.

While officials are still tallying the numbers, it appears that they will fall well short of the 326 needed to make the election official. The group’s by-laws require a 30 percent turnout of the membership, and with the non-profit now boasting over 1,000 members, the requirements are high. Continue reading

Ricky Williams ‘done with weed’ now that NFL pain is gone

Williams with the Dolphins in 2009.
Williams with the Dolphins in 2009.

Former University of Texas and Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams is renown for his consumption of marijuana. However he now says that he no longer needs it since his football days are over.

Speaking with USA Today in an interview for a piece about the NFL’s marijuana testing policies, Williams went into great detail about his thoughts on the matter.

The league announced last month that the permitted threshold would be increased from 15 nanograms of carboxy THC per milliliter of urine to 35 nanograms. While that is parts per billion and in the grand scheme of things a very small amount, Williams stated that this would have kept him out of trouble with the league. Continue reading

Texas woman thrown out of church for supporting marijuana legalization

Faith BodleA woman from Beaumont says that her church kicked her out after members of the congregation saw her on the news voicing support marijuana legalization in Texas.

Faith Bodle said she uses cannabis extract, an oil derived from marijuana, to treat illnesses like degenerative spine disease, congestive heart failure and arthritis.

Bodle spoke to a local news station at the arraignment of Jeremy Bourque, who is facing trial on marijuana charges. Bodle was there showing her support for the legalization and medicinal use of cannabis. Continue reading

DFW NORML Election Profile: David Sloane – Public Information Officer

David Sloane is seeking election as DFW NORML’s Public Information Officer.

He currently serves as Public Information Officer and has held the position since 2010. Sloane joined national NORML in 1987 and the National Legislative Committee in 1997.

Sloane is a criminal defense lawyer by trade and has been practicing since 1997. Continue reading

Corrigan traffic stop leads to 1.2 grams of marijuana and body supplements

Chase Wiatt (Source: Polk County Jail)
Chase Wiatt (Source: Polk County Jail)

A North Texas man was arrested after police allegedly found marijuana and body supplements in his car.

Corrigan Police Chief Darrell Gibson said 23 year-old Chase Wiatt, of Roanoke, is being charged with two felony possession of a controlled substance charges.

Police say he was driving with a busted taillight and after he was pulled over became nervous. Continue reading

Marijuana stances separate panhandle and west Texas candidates

Incumbent Texas Sen. Kel Seliger believes that marijuana is a non-issue.
Incumbent Texas Sen. Kel Seliger believes that marijuana is a non-issue.

Two candidates vying for the Texas Senate District 31 seat have a lot in common, however they quickly diverge when it comes to their views on marijuana.

In a race which spans 37 counties from the panhandle to the permian basin, Republican Sen. Kel Seliger and Libertarian Steven Gibson of Midland both are running on a similar platform.

They support keeping taxes low, maintaining the second amendment, and securing the Texas-Mexico border. Continue reading

Dallas Marijuana March features friendly police presence as thousands gather

Around 2,000 people marched through Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.
Around 2,000 people marched through Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

With little notice and hardly any advertising, a non-profit group drew thousands of people to their marijuana protest march in Dallas on Saturday.

According to official police estimates, around 2,000 people were in attendance. Texas Cannabis Report estimates put the number just under 2,000.

Featuring a lineup of speakers including political candidates, activists, lawyers, and a nine-year-old girl who suffers from seizures, along with several bands, the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws saw it all as a huge accomplishment.

In fact, nearly as many people attended this march as there were at the Global Marijuana March event held this past May in downtown Fort Worth. This is also the largest group of people ever for a marijuana event at Dallas City Hall. Continue reading

The story of Alexis, her seizures, and medical marijuana

Alexis BortellAlexis is my eight year old daughter who has ‘generalized epilepsy’, which essentially is a diagnosis for seizures of unknown origin.

Our story starts late one evening in July 2013 when my wife and I witnessed Alexis’ first seizure at our home in Rowlett, TX. It was devastating.

As disabled veterans, both my wife and I have seen some pretty horrible things, but nothing can prepare you for the sight of your little girl convulsing wildly and foaming at the mouth. I honestly thought she was dying. Continue reading

Round Rock teen accepts plea deal in marijuana brownie case

Jacob Lavoro and his lawyer after a hearing earlier this year.
Jacob Lavoro and his lawyer after a hearing earlier this year.

A Round Rock teen who was previously facing life in prison for making marijuana brownies has opted to take a plea deal.

Jacob Lavoro was arrested earlier this year after police entered his apartment, which his lawyer insists was illegally, and officers found several batches of brownies infused with cannabis oil. Continue reading

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