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Time Runs Out on Medical Marijuana Fix, Decriminalization in Texas

AUSTIN, TX — Texas lawmakers only meet every other year for 140 days, and two heavily watched pieces of legislation were not brought to a vote in the House before a midnight deadline Friday, effectively killing the bills until the next regular legislative session begins in January 2019.

The language of the two bills — House Bill 81, which would decriminalize marijuana possession, and House Bill 2107, which would fix the state’s ineffective medical marijuana law — could still be attached to any bills still alive in the legislature in the form of amendments.

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Texas Advocates Make Last Minute Push for Medical Marijuana Fix

AUSTIN, TX — A group of patients, caregivers, and advocates will gather at the Texas State Capitol today for an eleventh-hour push to keep critical medical marijuana legislation alive.

The group, led by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, will be urging members of the House Calendars Committee to schedule a vote on House Bill 2107, which would likely pass now that 77 of 150 House members have signed on as co-authors.

A rally and news conference is scheduled for 10:30 am on the south steps of the capitol, after which advocates will proceed inside to lobby committee members.

The House Committee on Public Health approved HB 2107 by a vote of 7-2 on Friday.

The legislation, which would fix the state’s currently unworkable medical marijuana program and make it more inclusive, gained significant traction after the committee heard hours of testimony from supporters last Tuesday.

The number of representatives signed on as either joint or co-authors jumped from five to more than 70 the following day.

“In this time of divisive politics, we have found bipartisan agreement that the well-being of our loved ones suffering from life-threatening or debilitating conditions should rise above the fray of Left and Right,” said Reps. Eddie Lucio III and Jason Isaac in a letter sent to members of the House on Friday following the committee vote.

“We’ve known for quite some time that a majority of Texans support legal access to medical cannabis,” said Heather Fazio, Texas political director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “We now know that most House members support it, too. With more than half of them signed on as co-authors, this bill is sure to pass if the Calendars Committee allows a vote on it.”

Texas’ legislative session ends on May 29.

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Texas Marijuana Advocacy Training Event Sunday in Lubbock

Texas Marijuana Advocacy Training Event Sunday in Lubbock

Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy is mobilizing activists throughout Texas in an effort to inject marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races

LUBBOCK, TX — Local marijuana policy reform advocates will gather Sunday, January 10, for an advocacy training event at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites South in Lubbock.

The event, hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, will be the seventh in a series of events being held around the state as part of an effort to inject the marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races.

An additional regional event is scheduled in Amarillo on January 9.

“Marijuana policy reform is going to be a big issue during the next legislative session, so we need to make sure it’s a big issue in this year’s elections,” said Heather Fazio, a spokesperson for Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. “Voters deserve to know where the candidates stand on the issue. Texans are ready for reform, and our goal is to help them hold their elected representatives’ feet to the fire.”

The event begins at 12:30 p.m. CT

Details of the event are available here.


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Texas Marijuana Advocacy Training Event Saturday in Amarillo

Texas Marijuana Advocacy Training Event Saturday in Amarillo

Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy is mobilizing activists throughout Texas in an effort to inject marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races

AMARILLO, TX — Local marijuana policy reform advocates will gather Saturday, January 9, for an advocacy  training event at the Amarillo Southwest Library in Amarillo.

The event, hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is the sixth in a series of events being held around the state as part of an effort to inject the marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races.

An additional regional event is scheduled in Lubbock on January 10.

“Marijuana prohibition has been a miserable failure, and we want to give concerned Texans the tools to help enact sensible marijuana policy reform,” said Heather Fazio, a spokesperson for Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. “Our communities should not be using their limited law enforcement resources to criminalize adults for using a substance that is safer than alcohol.

“We expect marijuana policy to be a hot topic in the next legislative session,” Fazio said. “We want to make sure citizens and the lawmakers they elect are prepared to address it.”

The event begins at 12:30 p.m. CT.

Details of the event are available here.


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Houston: Marijuana Advocacy Training Event Saturday with Former Police Officer

Houston: Marijuana Advocacy Training Event Saturday with Former Police Officer

Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy is mobilizing activists throughout Texas in an effort to inject marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races

HOUSTON, TX — Local marijuana policy reform advocates, including a former police officer and the head of the Texas Young Republicans, will gather Saturday for an advocacy training event at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center in Houston.

The event, hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is the fifth in a series of events being held around the state as part of an effort to inject the marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races.

Regional events are also scheduled in Amarillo on January 9 and Lubbock on January 10.

The featured speaker at Saturday’s event will be David Clark, a former police officer from South Carolina and member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

“If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to reduce the harms to society caused by drugs, then prohibition should be illegal, not marijuana,” said Clark. “It should be illegal to waste so many law enforcement resources arresting and charging nonviolent adults for using marijuana. It should be illegal to divert the focus of our police away from violent and property crimes, which should always take priority.”

Joining David Clark will be John Baucum, political director of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition and recently elected chairman of the Texas Young Republicans.

Additional details of the event are available here.


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Texas Marijuana Advocacy Training Event Saturday in Tyler

Texas Marijuana Advocacy Training Event Saturday in Tyler

Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy is mobilizing activists throughout Texas in an effort to inject marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races

DALLAS, TX — Local marijuana policy reform advocates, including an active-duty Dallas police officer, will gather Saturday for an advocacy training event at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce in Tyler.

The event, hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is the fourth in a series of events being held around the state as part of an effort to inject the marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races.

Regional events are also scheduled for Houston on December 12, Amarillo on January 9, and Lubbock on January 10.

The featured speaker at Saturday’s event will be Nick Novello, an officer with the Dallas Police Department and member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

“I work toward marijuana legalization because, as an active police officer, I have an obligation to improve public safety and protect my community,” Officer Novello said. “Regulation and education will focus police resources on more important crimes and make the drug more difficult for children to get. By every measure, marijuana prohibition has failed. Safer communities are within reach.

Joining Officer Novello will be Michael Bullock, legislative director for State Rep. David Simpson, who will offer tips on meeting with lawmakers to discuss marijuana policy reform. Rep. Simpson is currently facing off with Rep. Bryan Hughes in the Republican primary race for Texas Senate District 1, which encompasses Tyler. Earlier this year, both representatives were co-authors of a bill to remove the threat of arrest, jail time, and a criminal record for simple marijuana possession.

Additional details of the event are available at http://texasmarijuanapolicy.org/training-tyler/.


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Texas Veterans Want Access to Medical Marijuana

Texas Veterans Want Access to Medical Marijuana

Texas Veterans to Gather at State Capitol on Veterans Day to Launch ‘Operation Trapped;’ Group Wants Legal Access to Medical Marijuana — a Safer Alternative to Many Prescription Drugs — for PTSD, TBI, and Other Service-related Conditions

AUSTIN, TX — Texas veterans and their supporters will gather in front of the Vietnam Veterans Monument at the Texas State Capitol at 1 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Veterans Day, to announce the launch of Operation Trapped. The monument is located on the northeast side of the Capitol grounds near the corner of 14th Street and Brazos Street.

Operation Trapped, backed by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is a veteran-based campaign intended to build support for legislation allowing access to medical marijuana — a safer alternative to prescription drugs — for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain, and other service-related conditions.

Speakers at the event will include David Bass of Killeen, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom II; Clif Deuvall of Waco, a U.S. Air Force veteran who participated in Operation Frequent Wind and the historic Saigon Airlift in Vietnam; and Christopher Sum of Houston, a retired U.S. Army Airborne Ranger who served four deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The campaign will display some of the empty prescription pill bottles it has begun to collect from supportive Texas veterans to represent those who are suffering from serious medical conditions that could be relieved by medical marijuana.

“As veterans, we have made many sacrifices to protect and serve our country,” said Bass. “Far too many soldiers come home to endure the debilitating conditions caused by war. These veterans, along with many other patients, are being left out in the cold.

“Veterans deserve safe and legal access to this medicine,” Bass said. “The Texas State Legislature needs to act now to create a medical marijuana program that works. Until they do, we will continue to stand with veterans and medical marijuana advocates to demand swift action from our state leaders.”

More information about Operation Trapped is available here.


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Texas Marijuana Activists to Host Advocacy Training in Dallas

Texas Marijuana Activists to Host Advocacy Training in Dallas

Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy is mobilizing activists throughout Texas in an effort to inject marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races

DALLAS, TX — Local marijuana policy reform activists, including a former Dallas police official, will gather Saturday for an advocacy training event at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas.

Details of the event are available here.

The event, hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is the second in a series of events being held around the state as part of an effort to inject the marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races. Regional events are also scheduled for Corpus Christi on November 7, East Texas on December 5, and Houston on December 12. The first event was held earlier this month in San Antonio.

The featured speaker at Saturday’s event will be Joe Morris, a retired senior police corporal who enforced marijuana laws in uniform and undercover during his tenure at the Dallas Police Department.

“Marijuana prohibition has been a public policy failure and a public safety nightmare,” said Morris, who participated in hundreds of marijuana-related undercover stings during his career, oftentimes involving buying marijuana from or selling it to high schools students. “Fortunately, the last decade has proven that regulation works better than prohibition. Cigarette and alcohol use by teens have been reduced without criminalizing responsible adults, and our marijuana policy should take a similar approach.

“Now is the time to have these important discussions about our failed marijuana policies,” Morris said. “The longer we wait, the more destruction and harm these laws will cause. I believe it’s my duty to share this message, and I look forward to working alongside local activists to bring justice to Texas.”


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