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Lubbock based non-profit organization promotes legalizing marijuana

The closest organization to Lubbock that promotes the reform of marijuana laws is about 350 miles.

After getting together with some people to meet a few times, Colt Smith decided that the Lubbock area needed an organization of its own.

Together with four other people, he formed Hub City NORML, a subset of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The non-profit group officially launched in May of 2013 after a month of getting all of the paperwork in order.

Since then they have worked to grow their organization and reach out to others in the community in hopes of informing people about the need to repeal marijuana prohibition so that responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.

When asked why he started a NORML chapter he stated, “Very simply, Lubbock needed one.”

After being inspired by the work being done by DFW NORML and recognizing that it was really hard for anyone in the area to get a cannabis related event due the extreme distance, Colt and his wife decided after getting married on April 20 that they had to get the ball rolling on an organization for their own area.

The group recently received a donation of vaporizers from Magic-Flight and decided to make unique use of them by giving the portable vaporizers to those in need both medically and financially. The board took a vote on who would get them and then they made a day out of delivering the equipment, much to joy of everyone involved.

In all Hub City NORML has given out 15 vaporizers.

They are saving two vaporizers as raffle prizes at the upcoming Hub City NORML Conference and Music Fest on August 23rd and 24th. Featured speakers include Jeff Blackburn, Founder of The Texas Innocence Project, Melissa Milam, from New Mexico’s Medical Marijuana Movement, Terry Nelson, from LEAP, and Cheyanne Weldon, Executive Director of Texas NORML.

There will be at least 12 bands and several glass blowers as well as many booths. More details about that event can be found here.

In September the group will be screening American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny and in the works is a ‘cooking with hemp’ demonstration at a demo kitchen.

So far as members of the group go out in public with their NORML shirts and meet with people, the response has been good. They hope that as the organization grows and they raise more money, that they can take on even larger efforts to help inform the community.

Hub City NORML holds open meetings the second Saturday of every month.

Their website is http://www.hubcitynorml.net/ and they have a Facebook page as well.

By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com

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Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas and serves as Deputy Director for NORML of Waco. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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