Being a marijuana activist in Texas is not easy I’d imagine, but with Texas’ harmful marijuana laws, it’s absolutely worthwhile to be a marijuana activist there. The need is great, and the hill is a steep one to climb. Unfortunately, Texas does not have a citizen initiative system like many other states that have achieved marijuana reform in the past. The only way to reform Texas’ marijuana laws is by lobbying members of the Texas Legislature.
That takes a very particular skill set, one that is honed and dialed. Activists in Texas need to get on the same page, be consistent, and be armed with necessary facts and talking points. For some people, those things seem straight forward. But to many others who want to help the movement, those things can be hard to do and/or figure out. Fortunately there are marijuana policy advocacy training events coming to nine cities in Texas. Below is more information, via Texas NORML. I highly encourage you to attend at least one or more of the events if you are able. You will be glad you did, and Texas reform efforts will be better off as a result too!
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.
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. We are excited to be working with our coalition, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, to put on these quality training events.
You will need to register for these training events. Please select the one nearest you and register! We will also be hosting a Social for each event, so stay tuned for those updates.
We have a lot of work to do in Texas. Let’s kick our efforts into high gear!
January 2017 – Date TBD – Austin, Texas