NORML of Waco elects 3 board members, discusses upcoming events in the area
There were 12 people in attendance on Saturday, Aug. 10 at C&R Sports Bar. The meeting lasted two hours.
First item on the agenda was to talk about the issues the non-profit organization is having with opening a bank account. So far the group has not been able to open an account with non-profit status due to banks misinterpreting new federal regulations which have been designed to hinder medical marijuana dispensaries. The current regulations all but ensure that these dispensaries have to deal in cash only. Local banks are confusing the educational non-profit with an organization which would fall under dispensary guidelines.
The group must have a bank account per state regulation, however at this time all business has had to be conducted strictly with cash.
Fiscally, the organization is in the black and has almost $600 on hand, much in part to a very successful birthday bash in which the group celebrated its fourth anniversary.
By-laws were discussed following this and they will be posted to their website www.normlwacoinc.org in the near future.
Nominations were then accepted for various board positions. At that time, the only sitting board member was Clif Deuvall, who is the executive director.
Stephen Carter was nominated for deputy director, a position which fills in for the executive director when the need arises and generally helps oversee the organization’s operations.
Alan Caruthers was nominated for communications director, the organizations main point of contact with media outlets which also handles social media and the drafting of press releases.
Joshua Dunaway was nominated for veteran’s liaison, a position which coordinates the group’s outreach to military veterans.
All three were unanimously elected to their positions. The group is still seeking a treasurer and secretary.
Cannabis news was then touched on, including Uruguay becoming the first country to legalize marijuana, Illinois becoming the 20th medical marijuana state, a medical initiative being filed in Arkansas which missed passing medical in 2012 by just a few percentage points, several states pushing for legalization initiatives on their ballots in 2014 including Alaska, Oregon, Nevada and California, and also CNN’s chief medical expert Sanjay Gupta’s recent reversal on marijuana and his admission that he has been part of the effort to mislead the country on the facts about cannabis. Gupta will be airing a show called Weed on CNN beginning Sunday evening, Aug. 11 and the program will air a second time on Monday.
There will be a cleanup for the group’s adopted highway on Saturday, Aug. 24. Details about this will be posted on the organization’s website.
The group then listed to a brief presentation by long time member Ernest Dunn, a graduate of Oaksterdam University.
The next meeting will be the second Saturday of Sept on the 14th.
By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com