DFW NORML Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with Third Annual Lake and Bake
DFW NORML is growing at a steady pace of 50-100 members per year and has already surpassed the 1,000 member mark.
Last year approximately 800 people attended the DFW NORML Lake and Bake. This year was even bigger as the non-profit group celebrated its 10 year anniversary.
According to Barbara Humphries, the Patient Outreach Coordinator for Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, there were “a lot more people [in attendance] than last year” by one o’clock in the afternoon. As the day progressed, marijuana reform supporters arrived in droves. By five o’clock, the lake shore was packed to the brim, parking became scarce, and the lawn area was covered with people sitting on blankets and in chairs.
The group estimated about 1,000 people were in attendance.
During the afternoon, attendees enjoyed live music by TORNUP, Bomb Quixote, Jeremy Norvelle & Chasing Rent, Neptune Locals, Burning Slow, monkeysphere and Dallas Über Alles. Numerous vendors and a glass blower were on hand during the entire event.
Jeff Pender, Director of Marketing for DFW NORML, stated that the group is growing at a steady pace of 50-100 members per year. Mr. Pender, Ms. Humphries, and DFW NORML’s Medical Liaison Tracy Ansley, attended all of the legislative sessions this year in Austin. Mr. Pender described this year’s legislative session as “very emotional” with “a lot of heartbreak.” For these three passionate reform advocates, access to cannabis as medicine is personal.
Ms. Humphries shared that she has “been battling breast cancer for the past year.”
Although many were disappointed in the limited CBD-only bill (SB 339) that was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, Ms. Humphries noted that, “it is still progress.” She also explained that, “I felt the response from the legislators was very positive, mostly. There were a few that stalled the process[.]” Mr. Pender agrees that Texas made progress this year, but lamented, “I just hope that the legislators are a little more open minded next session.”
As for Ms. Humphries’ personal progress, she stated, “I’m cancer free now.”
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