A Constituent Advocacy Day to lobby for marijuana law reform in Texas will be held in February at the state capitol building in Austin.
After the success of the 2015 lobby day, which saw over 300 Texans from around the state convene at the capitol, cannabis advocacy groups have focused on training the people of Texas in anticipation of an even bigger lobby day for the 85th legislative session. That training involved teaching people how to effectively speak with and convey information to legislators and their staff.
Activists with the Waco chapter for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) will be in attendance on that lobby day to speak with Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson’s office, Representative Kyle Kacal’s office, and Senator Brian Birdwell’s office. They will also be teamed up with other people from around the state to ensure that a meeting is held with the staff of every elected official in both the Texas House of Representatives and Senate.
Topics of discussion will include medical cannabis, penalty reduction for possessing small amounts of marijuana, and marijuana legalization.
NORML of Waco Founder and Executive Director Clif Deuvall, who will be in attendance that day, states “It is important for the people of Central Texas to meet with their representatives and this is a prime opportunity to do so.”
Those interested in going to the capitol can contact NORML of Waco to participate in carpooling efforts.
The day of the event there will be a brief training for those who have not lobbied before, and then the materials that will be handed out will be reviewed. Afterwards everyone will break into teams and begin visiting with state lawmakers and their staff.
It is recommended that those attending wear comfortable shoes and dress professionally.
The Constituent Advocacy Day will be held on Wednesday, February 8 starting at 10:00 a.m. in the capitol building.
For information concerning parking and scheduling, and to register for the event, please visit https://www.texasmarijuanapolicy.org/lobby-day-event-february-8/.
There have been 17 cannabis-related bills introduced in the state legislature for the 2017 session, ranging from medical cannabis, penalty reduction, special courts, and drug testing, to a resolution which would put marijuana legalization to a vote by Texans in 2018.