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

Meet the lobbyist pushing marijuana law reform in Texas

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With a minimum of three bills set to be filed in the 2015 Texas legislative session, activists are in need of someone with experience in lobbying to ensure the bills make it out of committee.

Meet Randal Kuykendall, a former lobbyist for the Texas Municipal Police Association.

Hired by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), Kuykendall is no stranger to the inner workings of the capitol. He will now be focusing on marijuana policy reform. Continue reading

Thousands of marijuana activists expected to march on Dallas City Hall


Following the success of a major rally held earlier this year, marijuana activists plan to march on Dallas City Hall this coming Saturday.

Organized the DFW NORML, a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the group expects thousands to turn out. Earlier this year the group saw around 2,000 people march on the Tarrant County Courthouse in downtown Fort Worth. Continue reading

National marijuana PAC endorses Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke

Beto ORourkeNORML PAC is endorsing Representative Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) for re-election the the US House of Representatives.

“Rep. O’Rourke is an ardent supporter of reforming our nation’s marijuana policies,” stated NORML PAC Manager Erik Altieri. “In just his first term, he has proven to be an intelligent and pragmatic politician with a long future in front of him. We strongly encourage voters to support his re-election campaign to keep a true reform champion in Congress.” Continue reading

Grand jury declines to charge cops for burning baby during drug raid

baby burnedA Georgia SWAT team who burned a baby by throwing a grenade into his crib during a drug raid will not face any charges after a grand jury declines to indict them.

An early morning raid back in in May left the young boy with severe burns on his face and chest, putting him into a coma and nearly three months of hospitalization.

Officers claimed they didn’t know a child was in the home before acting on a tip from an informant who claimed to have purchased a small amount of meth from someone who was not in the home at the time. Continue reading

Texas laws not stopping marijuana investors and entrepreneurs

Houston played host to the first ever Marijuana Investment Conference (MIC), which took place at The Westin Houston, Memorial City this past weekend. Unlike other popular marijuana conventions that happen around the country, such as CannaCon and the Kush Expo, which are for retailers and the general public, alike; MIC was specifically geared towards connecting big money investors with up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

Although the recent MIC in Houston was not for the average supporter of marijuana, which is not surprising since a single registration ticket cost $995, that did not stop over 100 hundred entrepreneurs and investors from attending, according to Mark Hayden, an organizer of the event.

Investors and entrepreneurs flew in from all over the country to speak and learn about new opportunities for capitalizing on the booming marijuana market. According to the MIC website, the conference was seeking potential investors willing to invest anywhere from $150,000 to $10 million in the companies presenting at the event. Continue reading

The former soccer mom turned marijuana activist

Loretta Labrada, from soccer mom to cannabis activist.

Meet Loretta Labrada, the Director of Finance for one of the largest and most active marijuana reform organizations in the country. It also happens to be located in Texas.

“If you had told me ten years ago that today I would be a member of the board of directors of the largest marijuana reform group in Texas, possibly the nation, I’d have looked at you and asked, “What’s NORML?””

That’s DFW NORML to be exact, the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Boasting over 850 members and strong revenue, Loretta maintains the non-profit organization’s accounting records, ensures the bills are paid, and keeps the group “kosher with the tax man.” Continue reading

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