DL Hughley Sits Down with DFW NORML

When comedian and “cannasseur” D.L. Hughley sat down with DFW Norml before a recent performance at the Addison Improv, he said this about the group’s efforts to legalize cannabis in the Lone Star State: “Well, good luck in Texas!”

But the affable Hughley, who’s seen a complicated range of attitudes toward herb in cities from Dallas to Seattle, also acknowledges that we’re living in a country of rapid social and cultural change: “This is not our father’s America, and I think that’s a good thing.” For him, the use of cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes should have no more stigma than, say, having a glass of red wine.

Hughley, who’s working on a comedy series for F/X and an animated show for Fox, is the latest performer who’s “come out of the closet” –– or “come out of the clouds,” as he jokingly puts it –– about their enthusiasm for herb. The more celebs who’re willing to stand up and be counted as advocates for pot legalization, the more places like Texas will be willing to relax their attitudes.

Thanks to Doobi.us for shooting, “twoinchfang” for editing and the Addison Improv for hosting us.

Herb’s the word.

Hemphop

Legislation Reintroduced To Reduce Cannabis Possession Offenses

Legislation that seeks to significantly reduce marijuana possession penalties is once again pending before state lawmakers. State Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston) has prefiled legislation, House Bill 184, to amend minor marijuana possession penalties to a fine-only, Class C misdemeanor.

Under present law, the possession of one ounce of cannabis or less is classified as a Class B criminal misdemeanor publishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Passage of HB 184 would reduce these penalties to a maximum fine of $500 and no jail time.

Annually, in Texas some 80,000 citizens are arrested for marijuana violations; an estimated 97% of those arrested and charged for possession alone — not trafficking, cultivation, or sale. House Bill 184 would significantly reduce state prosecutorial costs associated with these tens of thousands of minor marijuana arrests and allow law enforcement resources to be refocused on other, more serious criminal offenses.

Please take time today to contact your state House member and urge him or her to support House Bill 184. For your convenience, a prewritten letter will be sent to your representative when you visit NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here:

http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=62316351

From NORML.org

Chronica 2012 Recap

Twas the night between Christmas and New Years too..

Chronica 2012 was our final event of the year and happend at none other than the Red Goose Saloon in Fort Worth. We had more than 25 sponsors and raffled off over $1,000 worth of prizes. Around 400 people turned out, including St. Chronic and his sexy elves. We had an ugly holiday sweater contest, live glass blowing, goody bags, ornaments and vinyl posters. Free beer was provided by Pabst Blue Ribbon. It was dope!

The evening started with our Monthly Meeting, followed by a music video shoot for the DFW NORML theme song “NORML Over Here,” from Gloat Entertainment. Speaking of music, we had five of DFW’s finest groups including Burning Slow, Sally Majestic, Mix Magyk, Bum Lucky and The Effinays.

Before each performance, DFW NORML presented the bands with a customized banner to thank them for their continued support.

Bum Lucky at Chronica

Bum Lucky at Chronica

Thanks to all of our Sponsors

Chronic Candy
Earl Jr. Glass
Doobi.us
Filters Smoke Shop
Howdy Brand Apparel
Labyrinth Smoke Shop
The 420 Times
Hempy’s Emporium
Head Shop Stop
Wrap TX
Pottles
Feed Your Head
Stealth Products
Head Shop Stop
PVM Entertainment
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Modified Models
R2 Photography
Rhizomatic Media
Vape to your Health
Skunk Magazine
The Social Butterfly Entertainment Network
One Label Records
Irie’ Papes & Vapes
Hostile Pipes
Big Bubble Soap
Minawear, Luxury Hemp Loungewear
Magical Butter
Felicity Tye Dye

Earl Jr. Glass

You Could Win Some Seriously Expensive Glass!

This one of a kind afghan was one of our prizes for the ugly holiday sweater contest!

DFW NORML Interviews B-Real and Sen Dog from Cypress Hill

DFW NORML had the privilege of sitting down with Cypress Hill while they were in Austin, Texas performing for a full house. B-Real and Sen Dog discussed their thoughts on the U.S. finally seeing the light of legalization in Colorado and Washington. Their upcoming events, best and worst medication and more.

Special thanks goes to Tim Curry Productions for assisting with the video production and to Emo’s in Austin for being such friendly and gracious hosts.

Follow us on Twitter @dfwnorml and like us on Facebook and together we’ll continue ending cannabis prohibition one Texan at a time. Herb’s the word!

Hemp Hop at Lola’s Saloon

Click Here to RSVP on Facebook for a Chance to get in Free!

The Dallas / Fort Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws proudly presents a night of hip hop headlined by YUNG NATION! It’s going down on Feb. 8 at Lola’s Saloon in Fort Worth and will be hosted by DJ M-Squared from 97.9 the Beat. We’ll have drink specials, munchies, prizes, vendors and more.

RSVP on Facebook. Tell your friends because this show is gonna be dope. 18+ Welcome.

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FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY:

Yung Nation – Hip Hop / Swagg Rap / R&B
http://www.yungnation.com

Dru B Shinin & Mount Olympus – Hip Hop, Rock, Alternative
http://www.reverbnation.com/drubshinin

Insidious – Hip Hop, R&B, Pop
http://www.reverbnation.com/insidiousworld

Ro’Bee – Hip Hop, Rap
http://www.reverbnation.com/rob903rider

G Champ, Blueprint Revolution and iQ tha Chemist from Gloat Entertainment – Hip Hop, Rap
http://www.reverbnation.com/gloatent

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$5 for DFW NORML members and $10 for non-members. You can become a member of DFW NORML by visiting: http://dfwnorml.myshopify.com/collections/memberships

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SPONSORED BY:

DFW NORML
Doobi.us
PVM Entertainment
Chad West Law
– Live Glass Demonstrations by Earl Jr. Glass
Chronic Candy
Hempy’s Emporium
Filter’s Smoke Shop
Labyrinth Smoke Shop
Feed Your Head
Hostile Pipes
Gloat Entertainment
Lola’s Saloon
Wrap TX
UNT NORML
Deep Ellum On Air
DJ M Squared
Modified Models
The Gourmet Burrito
Smoke Room Photography
– Peace, Love & Storage Auctions
– Straightway Management

Email pete@dfworml.org for press / media / sponsorship info.

DFW NORML's Hemp Hop Model Davina Cavitt (@yellabunni)

The DFW NORML Crown Royal Bond, donated by Hempy's Emporium

Texas Toker Toy and Food Drive Recap

Christmas 2012 marked our first ever Texas Toker Toy Drive, a joint effort of DFW NORML and UNT NORML! The toy and nonperishable food drive was the brainchild of University of North Texas NORML’s Executive Director, Tristan Tucker.

I served in the US Navy for most of my adult life and volunteered a few years with the Salvation Army while I was enlisted. I have always been dedicated to selflessness and promoting strength through communities. The holidays are exceptionally important times for me to volunteer and help brighten someone else’s day, because I have been on the receiving end before. When I was a kid, our house was burned down shortly before Christmas and if not for the kind efforts of the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, my family wouldn’t have had such a happy Christmas. I believe in “paying it forward” and helping fifteen families [especially families living in an area that has been devastated by both poor governmental decisions and the drug war,] was an absolutely perfect way to end the most successful year DFW NORML and UNT NORML have had to date.

Dedicated DFW NORML volunteers decorated toy boxes and despite car troubles, weather, and wind (oh my goodness WIND!) delivered them to merchants throughout the DFW area. We had ELEVEN collection points! Thanks go out to these local merchants for their support of DFW NORML and the Texas Toker Toy Drive.

Feed Your Head, Sponsor, Arlington
Hempy’s Emporium, Sponsor, Arlington
Labyrinth Smoke Shop, Sponsor, Bedford
Filters Smoke Shop, Sponsor, N. Richland Hills
Dragons Breath, Bedford
Habits Smoke Shop, Ft. Worth
Dirty Rooster Beer & Burger Joint, Allen
Fry Street Public House, Denton
Ken Stanford, c/o Holmes & Petrick, Irving
Round Up Saloon, Dallas
Wrap TX, Watauga

The Dirty Rooster Beer & Burger Joint was our host on December 16th in Allen for The Toker Toy Drive Social. The Four Twenty Truth Car was in attendance, commandeered by DFW NORML volunteers Bryan James and Brandon Ellis! Plus, our own Pete Marrero arrived straight from DeepEllumOnAir with Mikey Burns AKA Blueprint Revolution from GLOAT Entertainment! Thanks to Budley Phatwone Green for setting this up and expanding DFW NORML’s reach to the north!

In addition to helping three of our DFW NORML families this Christmas, we were able to help additional families in need. Deacon Jesse of Nuestra Señora de Fatima (Our Lady of Faith) Catholic Church approached volunteer Max Benjamin as he was delivering toy collection boxes in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas. Deacon Jesse overheard Max repping our cause, told him about his needy parishioners, and asked if we would help! Once again, DFW NORML rose to the challenge!

Our Lady of Faith is located in Oak Lawn in Dallas, an area with a large immigrant population and very low household incomes. I had the pleasure of speaking with Father Alfredo Garcia about the Toker Toy & Food Drive and its impact on his community. “It was awesome! It was fabulous! You made 10 families and 10 children very happy this Christmas!” I asked if his church was concerned about accepting help from the National Organization for the Reform of MARIJUANA Law? Father Alfredo believes that we ALL work against stereotypes in life; and that we shouldn’t let others’ misguided perceptions get us down. “When you’re blessed with people who want to help, you accept those blessings! We thank you for blessing us. God Bless You All!”

Our first Texas Toker Toy Drive was a resounding success. We were able to provide Christmas dinner, childrens’ clothes and toys from Stoner Santa for FIFTEEN families. With just over a month to plan and willing volunteers, DFW NORML was able to make a real difference in DFW! Tristan had this to say. “Next year, we plan to do a perpetual food drive throughout the year and our goal is to deliver a U-HAUL truck full of food and toys to needy families in our area. We are winning public opinion for our organization and thus, are ending cannabis prohibition one Texan at a time.”

The 2013 DFW NORML Freedom Speech

“The prohibition of marijuana has kept liberty in the dark for many years. It’s time to let it out and ring the bells of freedom because we are Americans.. And we will be free.”

– Larry Talley, U.S. Navy (Retired), Texas Resident and parent.

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