A Video Message from Executive Director Shaun McAlister Calling for Your Support of HB2165
Calling all members, supporters and sponsors of DFW NORML and marijuana law reform in the Lone Star State! We are hereby calling upon you to spend 5 minutes to help us repeal marijuana prohibition! Do I have your attention?
As many of you have undoubtedly heard by now, a bill was recently introduced by a conservative Christian Republican out of Longview that would effectively repeal marijuana prohibition.. And we need YOU to help make this bill into a law because if enough of us make the phones ring to our individual representatives, this bill may just gain enough forward momentum to make some major waves here in Texas.
So what we need from you, your friends, co-workers and ANYONE you are talking to about marijuana law reform is for the phones in Austin to start ringing with each of our individual calls to our state rep’s office, urging them to support David Simpson’s HB2165. Never called your rep before? Keep reading.
First, visit http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us and type in your full address to find out the name and number of your state rep. Since these lawmakers are now in session, I’d suggest calling their Capitol office line TODAY and then their district lines tomorrow. It’s likely that you will speak to a staffer and not your actual representative, so no need to be nervous, friends. Calmly let them know who you are and that you live in their district by providing your address and they’ll suddenly become extremely interested in what you have to say! From there, spend a couple of minutes explaining why you believe your representative needs to support HB2165 to repeal marijuana prohibition. Be respectful, have a couple of planned bullet points you’ll cover and advocate for change! Then make sure everyone you know does the same thing. Share this image on your timeline and on Twitter and Instagram and hold the people in your smoking circle accountable just the way we are with you!
My friends, this could be one of the most important moments in the history of marijuana law reform in Texas. Isn’t it high time you got involved?
Why is Oregon Marijuana Legalization Important for Texas?
DFW NORML’s Executive Director Shaun McAlister was invited to speak at the inaugural meeting of the newly formed Portland NORML chapter on the importance of Oregon getting legalization right and how the implementation of their laws impacts our own. Watch the full 20 minute speech here, courtesy of 420Radio.org and TheWeedBlog.com.
DFW NORML’s March Meeting at Wits End in Dallas
Join DFW NORML and friends on Saturday March 28th for our March meeting at Wits End in Dallas! Our meetings are free to attend and open to the public, meaning you do NOT have to be a current member to be welcome!
RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/601835689918695/
Not yet a member? Become a member of DFW NORML online at dfwnorml.myshopify.com or in person during our March meeting by visiting our merchandise table staffed with volunteers.
ON THE AGENDA:
– Discussing HB2165, the bill filed by Republican David Simpson to repeal marijuana prohibition.
– Announcements about the Global Marijuana March of North Texas – 2015.
– Recapping the St. Paddy’s Day Parade.
– Other upcoming events, volunteer and sponsor opportunities.
– And more!
Claim Your Free Ticket Aboard the DFW NORML PACT LOBBY DAY Bus on 2/24
DFW NORML has chartered another bus bound for Austin and our board of directors has voted to give away all 50 tickets to attendees of PACT Patient Lobby Day 2 on 2/24! Please watch this brief video to find out how you can apply for one of these seats and then email email@example.com today with the subject line “Bus Ticket” to submit your request.
NOTE: If you are a patient that is applying for a ticket for yourself AND a caregiver or a parent applying for yourself and your child, please be sure to specify as such in your email. Be aware that this bus will be leaving around 6am and returning around 9pm so we ask that you only apply if you are certain that you are well enough to make this trip with us and that you can make it to our departure point in Arlington so early in the morning.
Thank you Vincent Lopez and Tracy Ansley for making this event happen!
DFW NORML Charters Bus to Capitol for Citizen Lobby Day
DFW NORML is participating in a Citizen Lobby Day on February 18th, which you can read more about here. The event currently has over 500 people RSVP’d on Facebook and nearly 200 RSVP’d directly through Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy’s registration link here: http://texasmarijuanapolicy.org/lobby-day-event-february-18/
And because North Texans demanded it, DFW NORML has chartered a bus to drive us from DFW to Austin and back and we’re making tickets to board that bus available for a donation of $25 per ticket here, though we do have a **limited** number of seats we can make available for people interested in attending but without the money to purchase a ticket. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “FEB 18 BUS TICKET” if you would like to take advantage of one of these seats. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE.
The Itinerary is as Follows:
The DFW NORML bus will depart from Walmart Supercenter (4801 South Cooper St, Arlington TX 76017) at 6am sharp so please plan to arrive by 5:30am. We must leave on time to stay on schedule.
5:30am – Meet at Walmart Supercenter. Since Walmart is open 24 hours, you will be able to run into the store to purchase any last minute items before boarding the bus. We’d suggest having someone drop you off here, though leaving your car parked in the parking lot is an option since we won’t be gone overnight.
6:00am – The DFW NORML bus departs from Walmart in Arlington.
7:30am – Restroom break at Czech Stop (Czech Stop, 104 South George Kacir Drive, West, TX 76691) for 15 minutes.
7:45am – The DFW NORML bus departs from Czech Stop in West.
9:30am – Arrive in Austin and park bus at Mexita’s Mexican Restaurant (1107 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Austin, TX 78702) where we will have an optional buffet available to our group for $10 per person.
10:00am – Begin walking from Mexita’s down 12th Street to the Texas Capitol. This is approximately a 15 minute walk. Once there, we will each be required to pass through security which includes a metal detector. From there we will head to the Robert E Johnson Conference Center for checkin.
11:00am – Lobbyist training begins.
12:00pm – Break for lunch.
1:00pm – Split up into teams to begin lobbying.
5:00pm – Finish lobbying and meet back at Mexita’s.
6:00pm – The DFW NORML bus departs from Mexita’s in Austin.
7:30pm – Stop for another 15 minute restroom break at Czech Stop in West.
7:45pm – The DFW NORML bus departs from Czech Stop.
9:30pm – Arrive at Walmart Supercenter in Arlington.
10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Get Active with DFW NORML
One of the most common questions we get asked here at DFW NORML is “what can I do to help out?” So here is an end of summer list of the 10 things you can do to begin actively participating in the reform of Texas marijuana laws:
1. Educate yourself and share that knowledge with others! Learn the facts and current headlines about medical marijuana, industrial hemp and recreational cannabis from websites such as:
2. Contact your elected representatives and urge them to support sensible and compassionate changes to Texas’ outdated marijuana laws. Find out who represents you at http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx and simply type in your zip code for a list of your reps. Don’t just send them an email because those are too easy to ignore! Pick up the phone and call them. It’s unlikely you will actually speak directly to your rep, and will instead either be directed to leave a voicemail or speak with a staffer / aide. When the offices of our reps start receiving more phone calls and in person meetings about marijuana, they will have no choice but to take this topic seriously. Urge them to be courageous and to lead on this topic.
3. Vote in the upcoming Texas election! Early voting is from 10/20 – 10/31 and election day is 11/4. Not sure who to vote for? Download the free Texas NORML Voters’ Guide at dfwnorml.org/texas-voter-guide to find out which candidates support us and who doesn’t so we can make some serious changes to our legislature. Print out multiple copies of the guide, and leave them anywhere you see League of Women Voter’s Guides such as local grocery stores and libraries. Leave them at smoke shops, grow shops, electronics stores and any “friendly” businesses you can find.
4. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Make posts on social media sites about joining DFW NORML and supporting marijuana legalization by using our hashtags #dfwnorml and #LegalizeTx. We love it when our members post photos of themselves holding their new membership cards or wearing their new merchandise and occasionally share those photos to our thousands of fans. Educate those within your sphere of influence about your personal reasons for supporting marijuana reform and encourage them to come out of the cannabis closet and into the light of liberty with the rest of us.
5. Donate to DFW NORML at dfwnorml.myshopify.com/products/donation and help us do things like put up billboards, advertise (online, radio, TV, print), host events and continue to spread the message of legalization across the Lone Star State. If you’re able, sign up for a monthly recurring donation through PayPal at dfwnorml.org/lobby.
6. Vote with your dollars by shopping at NORML-friendly businesses that actively support reform instead of continuing to fund businesses that don’t support our rights as responsible cannabis consumers. Find out which businesses support us at dfwnorml.org/supporters. If you own a business and would like to offer our members a discount or offer support in some other way, email email@example.com.
7. Attend a DFW NORML meeting, march or fundraising event because we’re doing something every month. Find out what we’re up to this month at dfwnorml.org/events or facebook.com/thedfwnorml/events. Even better than attending an event is volunteering at one! Email firstname.lastname@example.org today to get involved. We’re always looking for people to help us pass out educational flyers and pamphlets at busy places around North Texas. Have a special skill you’d like to donate to the cause? Be sure to include that in your email.
8. Contact our local media and insist that they start providing more coverage of the reform of Texas’ marijuana laws. The more the media hears about our events and how active we are as reformers, the more often we’ll see favorable coverage of the cause. Every media outlet has some kind of news desk so find out how to contact your favorite radio / TV / online / print news organization and let them know that we are here!
9. Attend the Dallas Marijuana March on October 18th and help us promote it. Call the media and tell them to make sure they cover this one since somehow the entire Dallas / Fort Worth media managed to miss our march in May where 2,200 Texans took over the streets of Fort Worth.
10. Get creative! Utilize your special skills, tools and network to let people know about DFW NORML and the alternatives to cannabis prohibition. Find a way to make the things you are passionate about in your personal or professional life and be the bridge that connects that topic with marijuana legalization!
What else could YOU do to get involved? The time is now.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Here at DFW NORML we are all about education and we believe that humanity has been brainwashed into believing that chemotherapy and prescription drugs are the only effective treatment for battling cancer. Every year we Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), come and go in a sea of pink t-shirts and car magnets, while society largely ignores the color they should be focusing on for beating cancer: GREEN. So to combat this lack of information, DFW NORML has created our first ever BREAST CANCER AWARENESS wristband, featuring the slogan “The Breast Answer for Cancer” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014 and we also put together this short list of resources you can share with others about marijuana and cancer, including studies, articles video clips and documentaries.
Get your pink wristband today while supplies last for a $10 donation here: http://dfwnorml.myshopify.com/products/pink-breast-cancer-and-cannabis-awareness-wristband. Wristband artwork designed and donated by Shaun McAlister of iamshaun.com.
ARTICLES ABOUT CANNABIS AND CANCER:
1. Reports How Cannabis May Help in Breast and Ovarian Cancer Treatment
2. Cannabinoids As Cancer Hope
3. Study: Habitual Marijuana Smoking Not Associated With Increased Risk Of Lung Cancer
4. Cannabis Is “An Effective Treatment” For Cancer Patients, Israeli Study Concludes
5. 20 Medical Studies That Show Cannabis Can Be A Potential Cure Cancer
VIDEOS ABOUT CANNABIS AND CANCER:
Clip: The Endocannabinoid System and How THC *CURES* Cancer w/ Dr. Christina Sanchez
Documentary: What If Cannabis Cured Cancer – Full Movie
Scientific Explanation: HOW and WHY does Cannabis Cure Cancer
Interview: The Cannabis Cancer Cure with Rick Simpson
Interview: Meet the Martha Stewart of Marijuana, Cheryl Shuman Cured Herself of Cancer
Dallas Marijuana March
Do you support medical marijuana, industrial hemp or the recreational use of marijuana by responsible adults? Are you tired of seeing your tax dollars wasted on the failed strategy of prohibition that jails more of our citizens than any other country in the world? As the laws surrounding marijuana continue to change around the country, Texas continues to prosecute and jail thousands of its citizens every year simply for the possession of marijuana, something that is no longer a crime in over half of the rest of the country. Do we continue to “hope” for a “change” on a Federal level or are we willing to take to the streets in support of progress, compassion and sensible reform?
On Saturday October 18th, DFW NORML presents the 2014 Dallas Marijuana March. Featuring speakers, live music, vendor booths and a march against cannabis prohibition, this is the much anticipated followup to the Fort Worth Marijuana March we held back in May where over 2,000 Texans marched through the streets for marijuana with ZERO arrests made.
The location Dallas City Hall (1500 Marilla St, Dallas, Texas 75201). This is a free to attend, family friendly event so invite everyone you know and together we’ll continue ending cannabis prohibition one Texan at a time.
Isn’t it high time YOU got involved?
– Loretta Labrada, Director of Finance for DFW NORML and former soccer mom turned marijuana activist.
– Shaun McAlister, Executive Director of DFW NORML, father and freelance creative business owner of iamshaun.com.
– Rocky Palmquist, 11th generation Texas farmer and Libertarian Candidate for Tx Agriculture Commissioner.
– Larry Talley, disabled and retired veteran, DFW NORML board member, speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and the Drug Police Forum of Texas and cannabis patient out of time.
– Max Davidson, Director of Operations for DFW NORML, Seen in Sanjay Gupta’s Weed 2, Managing Partner of The Daily Chronic and www.KindKlicks.net
– Dean Bortell, a disabled veteran and a software engineer by trade, became a cannabis activist in 2013 after his oldest daughter Alexis was diagnosed with epilepsy. After witnessing the horror of pharmaceutical failure and withdrawals, he has dedicated his life to changing medical and recreational cannabis laws here in Texas.
– Alexis Bortell is the 9 year old daughter of Dean Bortell who was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2013. Several pharmaceuticals have failed her and since 2013 she has been hospitalized 3 times due to her condition. She now dedicates all her free time to ‘educating’ adults on the need for medical cannabis here in Texas not just for her but for the tens of thousands of Texans that can’t do it for themselves.
– John Tunmire, a real estate broker, is running for Texas State Senate District 10. To serve and represent the people and restore their rights that have been taken away by a government that no longer represents the people.
– Mark Boler, an engineer by trade, is running for United States House of Representative to restore the individual rights slowly taken from us over the past hundred years by an overbearing band of lawyers run amok in Washington. Running for US House in Texas’ 26th District.
– Chad West has dedicated his career to protecting the rights of individuals who are facing difficult legal circumstances, his focuses of practice are in business litigation, personal injury, and criminal defense.
– Tracy Ansley, DFW NORML Patient Outreach Coordinator. Tracy has over 25 years experience in direct patient care and is presently working toward her Bachelor of Science Nursing degree. She became a Medical Cannabis Advocate after witnessing several patients and two family members die due to the side effects of prescription medications.
– DFW NORML
– Hass Productions
– Southeast Texas NORML
– UTA NORML
– Hempy’s Emporium
– Burleson Photo Company
– Seven Ten Vapors
Vendor booths are available for $150 but spaces are limited. Email email@example.com to secure your space before someone else does!
PHOTOS FROM OUR JUNE 2014 MARCH IN FORT WORTH:
Click here to see even more photos from this now legendary day in Texas history.
The Culture High Dallas Premiere
On Monday 11/24 from 7 – 9:30pm, DFW NORML proudly presents the official Dallas Premiere of anticipated new cannabis documentary: The Culture High, which is a new feature documentary from the makers of “The Union: The Business Behind Getting High.”
There will be a brief Q&A with filmmaker Adam Scorgie after the screening, followed by an after party at Wits End (2724 Elm St. Dallas) that is free to attend for ticket holders.
Tickets are only $10 each and can be purchased online at http://www.tugg.com/events/11361 until the day of the event.
Film Synopsis: Journeying across the North American landscape, The Culture High is the riveting story that tears into the very fiber of modern day marijuana prohibition to reveal the truth behind the arguments and motives governing both those who support and oppose the existing pot laws. With budgets to fight the war reaching billions and arrests for simple possession sky rocking to nearly a million annually, the debate over marijuana’s legality has reached epic proportions. Utilizing the quirky yet profound nature of its predecessor, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High, The Culture High raises the stakes with some of todays biggest names, unprecedented access to footage previously unobtainable, and incredibly moving testimonials from both sides of the spectrum. Top celebrities, former undercover agents, university professors and a slew of unforgettable characters from all points of view come together for an amusing yet insightful portrait of cannabis prohibition and the grasp it has on society as a whole. The Culture High will strip search the oddity of human nature and dare to ask the question: What exactly is going on here?
– DFW NORML
– Score G Productions
– Law Offices of David Sloane
RSVP on Facebook for the latest updates about this event.
Find Out Which Candidates Support Marijuana Law Reform with the 2014 Texas NORML Voters’ Guide
We are very happy to announce that the 2014 Texas NORML Voters’ Guide is now available for distribution to voters! Because of law changes in 1997, Texas must change all drug laws at the state level and through the legislative process. Therefore, we are reliant on our elected state officials who only meet for a 140 day session every two years.
We recommend taking the following actions in your area:
1. Educate on registering to vote – http://votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/ This is the only way we can be eligible to vote for cannabis-friendly candidates. Register to vote, it’s Texas’ only hope! The deadline to register is October 6th 2014.
2. Share the 2014 Texas NORML Voters’ Guide with all of your friends and family and through social media. Put this Guide on blast!
3. Print and distribute. In addition to the obvious cannabis consumer friendly locations, consider printing up stacks of the Voters’ Guide and leaving them next to the League of Women Voter’s Guide at you local grocery stores and libraries.
4. Look up the State Representatives and State Senators for your area using http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx. Find supportive candidates on social media and follow them. Encourage your members to volunteer for their campaigns. Build relationships and plan on staying in touch throughout the legislative process.
5. Remind everyone to vote!! Early voting is October 20th to October 31st. Election day is November 4th, 2014.
Let’s get cannabis friendly candidates elected in Texas!