A month of Texas marijuana policy workshops
In January 2018 Texans from around the state will have the opportunity to attend workshops to help tune their knowledge and skills on advocating for marijuana policy reform.
Advocacy groups last made a similar effort prior to the 2017 legislative session, where they prepared activists to effectively engage for a successful session. This was all part of the lead-up to a legislation session which saw unprecedented support by state lawmakers for both medical cannabis and penalty reductions for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
These new workshops will focus on similar points, including reviewing the political process and learning how everyone fits in, identifying effective arguments for discussing marijuana law reform, and how to craft a personal message to lawmakers.
Both Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy and Texas NORML are hitting the road well in advance of the 2019 legislative session, which underscores an early and sustained effort to break through in the next session.
“Continued communication with lawmakers and sharing personal or professional stories in advance of the legislative session is the only way to ensure they are prepared to make the right decisions when policy changes are up for consideration,” says Heather Fazio with Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy.
She adds, “We gathered unprecedented momentum in 2017. Texans have to keep up the good work during the interim in order to ensure success in 2019.”
Workshops will begin in west Texas and move back across the state, with the first one scheduled for January 16 in Midland, followed by Amarillo, Arlington, Nacogdoches, Beaumont, Houston, Corpus Christi, and Brownsville, with San Antonio wrapping up on January 29. Free registration is required to attend, and live updates on these events will be available.
There will be a meet and greet instead of a workshop in Nacogdoches and no registration is required. Brownsville will feature both a town-hall and workshop.