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.”
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:
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.”