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Texas marijuana community preparing for legislative session


The Texas legislature reconvenes in January of 2017, and marijuana activists around the state are gearing up with advocacy training sessions in preparation for speaking with legislators at the capitol.

This will not be the first time the cannabis community has shown up in Austin to press the issue of marijuana reform. In 2015 over 300 people scheduled meetings with legislators and their staffers to talk about medical cannabis, penalty reductions, hemp legalization, and full legalization of marijuana.

It is the first time that such a concerted effort is being put together beforehand though. Beginning later this month and running through October, no less than eight training sessions will be held throughout the state.

Texas NORML released a statement, saying “With fewer than five months until the Texas Legislature convenes, it’s important that supporters of marijuana law reform are prepared and fully engaged with the lawmakers who represent them. Now is the time for legislators to hear from Texans like you who want to see sensible marijuana policies enacted.”

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018

They add, “Training events offer activists an opportunity to identify effective arguments, learn how to dispel common myths perpetuated by prohibitionists, and prepare to connect with and effectively persuade the lawmakers who represent them in Austin.”

Training sessions will be held in pairs each weekend:

Amarillo: Sept 17
Lubbock: Sept 18
Tyler: Sept 24
Pantego (Dallas/Fort Worth area): Sept 25
Harlingen (South Texas): Oct 1
Corpus Christi: Oct 2
Houston: Oct 8
San Antonio: Oct 9

Other notable marijuana policy events in Texas this year include Texas NORML’s Veteran Conference on Saturday, October 15, and a Marijuana Policy Conference by El Paso NORML on Saturday, October 22.

Organizers of the training sessions, both Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy and Texas NORML, ask that attendees wear “Professional or ‘business casual’ attire only please.”

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. 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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  1. Patrick Harvel
    September 11, 2016 at 10:43 am


  2. Bill Wright
    September 20, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    My wife and I enjoyed and learned from the meeting in Amarillo.
    Amarillo Cannabis Culture Norml were gracious hosts.