This year the Texas delegation at the 2019 NORML Conference and Lobby Day grew exponentially! We had a group of seven advocates that made the trip up to Washington, DC.
Patients and medical professionals provided hours of testimony for seven bills that address medical cannabis in Texas, including our priority legislation HB 1365, which was authored by State Representative Eddie Lucio III.
Today, I attended a press conference held by the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) at the Texas State Capitol. They discussed “the myths vs. the facts as they pertain to marijuana sales, production, distribution, possession, usage along with its long-term effects as well as impact on quality of life for all citizens.”
If HB 63 passes the House and Senate, Texans would no longer face jail time or the collateral consequences that come along with a criminal drug conviction.
In the Texas State Capitol Building, dozens of patients joined us to ask their legislators to coauthor legislation that will make the Texas Compassionate Use Program more inclusive and effective.
On Monday, Texans Veterans met at the Capitol to meet with their legislators and advocate for a comprehensive medical marijuana program in Texas.
More than 400 Texans from across the Lone Star State rallied in Austin to lobby state lawmakers in support of marijuana law reforms. Attendees received a free advocacy training and additional resources to support their lobbying efforts.
Texas NORML will be kicking off the Lone Star State’s 2019 legislative session with several events. From planning a meet and greet with state lawmakers and organizing an advocacy workshop, to hosting a lobby day that’s expected to draw hundreds of Texans from all corners of the state, it’s going to be a very busy and exciting year for marijuana law reform advocates!