Non-profit to host marijuana policy panel discussion in Fort Worth
A marijuana panel discussion will be held in Fort Worth later this month featuring several prominent figures and organizations from around Texas, including a state representative.
The non-profit Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is hosting the event on Saturday, July 25 at the Live Oak.
Representative Marisa Márquez, a Democrat from District 77 in El Paso who sponsored House Bill 3785 during the 2015 legislative session will be one of four participants. The bill would have established a whole plant medical marijuana program for Texans battling an array of medical issues, including but not limited to cancer, seizures, and severe pain. Ultimately the bill was blocked from being voted on.
Márquez has announced that she will be retiring from public service after this term.
Also on the panel is Jax Finkel, the Deputy Director of Texas NORML. Finkel spent time at the capitol this year speaking with legislators about the need to reform marijuana laws in Texas.
Zoe Russell, Assistant Executive Director of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP), a group based in Houston, will be involved as well. Russell has spent time this year at both the capitol, and working with other Republicans to change conservative views on marijuana laws.
The final panelist will be Barbara Humphries, who is the Patient Outreach Coordinator for DFW NORML, a medical marijuana patient, and breast cancer survivor. Humphries brought the room to tears during her testimony on behalf of medical marijuana during a Public Health Committee hearing earlier this year.
This panel discussion will coincide with the group’s monthly meeting, which begins at 4:00 p.m., with the panel starting promptly 20 minutes afterwards.
The event is free to attend and open to the public. Anyone under the age of 18 years old is asked to be accompanied by an adult.
For more information on the event, visit the group’s website.
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