Northeast Texas NORML group arises in Longview
Activists recently welcomed a new non-profit NORML group into the fold in Texas with the arrival of Northeast Texas NORML, which held its first official meeting in Longview.
The group was previously known as East Texas Cannabis Coalition.
Members met this past Sunday at Hinsley Park to celebrate its first official meeting after becoming an official chapter on June 12. Their board was formed three months prior.
Nicki Williams heads up the group as its executive director.
“What we want to do is educate people,” Williams said to local news outlet Longview News-Journal. “And once people learn and understand truths of the medicinal properties of marijuana, I don’t think anybody can be against it.”
KYTX CBS 19 was also on hand to cover what was the group’s second meeting in all, which had about two dozen people in attendance.
Hope May, financial officer of Northeast Texas NORML, said the group does not condone illegal activities and is pushing for legal reform.
“We are trying to get people to vote to get this passed in legislation,” she said. “Marijuana is not something that is just for lazy bums. It is helping children and the elderly. For children that are having seizures, the alternative is you can’t do anything. It is very important that we ask ourselves, ‘How does what we feel affect other people?’ Why should you have the option to affect the care of other people?”
Nicole Rains, a member of the group, also shared her own story of battling breast cancer, which she was diagnosed with nearly three years ago at the age of 26.
Rains said she has undergone 45 rounds of radiation treatment and suffers from nerve damage in her chest. The pain has been so severe she used to take 1,500 milligrams of hydrocodone per day just to get out of bed in the morning. She claims to have found a better alternative to the addictive opiates, that being marijuana.
“I took my prescribed medicine before today and I’m still hurting,” she said. “My body hurts all day, and pot would fix that. The benefits when I was able to do it were so great compared to the opiates that the doctors prescribed. But they would rather you use that than something that is natural.”
Medical marijuana was the group’s primary focus for this particular meeting, though full legalization is the organization’s goal.
The group’s next meeting will be on July 24, however they are slated to be in attendance at a meet and greet for local and statewide candidates Joel Gardner and Rocky Palmquist in Tyler on Saturday.
Gardner is running for state representative and Palmquist is vying for Texas Agriculture Commissioner.
Those interested in finding out more information can visit the group’s website www.netxnorml.org.
By: Stephen Carter
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