NORML Red Fundraiser Party at Red Goose Saloon

DFW NORML is hosting a fundraiser at the Red Goose Saloon (306 Houston St, Fort Worth, Texas 76102) on Valentines Day (2/14) and you are invited to come out, wear some red and support the cause with speakers, live music, prizes, drink specials and more. Doors open at 8pm and the last band goes on at midnight.

RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/767482603329821

Our goal for this event is to raise $3,000 to ensure we are able to rent two buses to send 100 Texans to Austin on February 18th for our Citizen Lobby Day.. So cover is $5 for DFW NORML members and $10 for non-members. Not yet a member? Join DFW NORML at http://www.dfwnorml.myshopify.com/ today!

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BANDS:
NEPTUNE LOCALS 9:00PM
Alt/Rock Fusion

KITES & BOOMERANGS 10:30PM
Indie/Rock

PULLMAN STANDARD 12:00AM
Rock/ Alternative/ Pop from Hollywod California

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ABOUT DFW NORML:

The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of NORML – the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is a grassroots, educational non-profit organization dedicated to fighting cannabis prohibition in the Lone Star State.

We support the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, responsible adult use, and the production of industrial hemp.

As a registered Texas non-profit organization, all of the money we raise goes toward furthering the cause of legalization. Our chapter has over one thousand members and counting, making us one of the largest in the country. We hold free, monthly meetings that are open to the public as well as marches, conferences, classes and live music fundraisers every month.

Isn’t it high time YOU got involved?

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ABOUT CITIZEN LOBBY DAY:

” Grassroots Action for Legislative Reform ”

Texans of all political persuasions agree: It’s time for marijuana law reform!

Citizen Lobby Day is a participatory event where we, the people, fully engage our legislators and their staff at the Texas Capitol. We will focus on both our Civil Penalties bill which reduces penalties associated with the possession personal amounts of marijuana (≤ 1 oz.) and our medical marijuana bill which will bring safe and legal access to seriously ill patients.

FREE REGISTRATION HERE: http://texasmarijuanapolicy.org/lobby-day-event-february-18/

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COWTOWN MEDICAL CANNABIS RALLY IN FORT WORTH AT TRINITY PARK PAVILION 3 ON FEBRUARY 7TH STARTING AT NOON

COWTOWN MEDICAL CANNABIS RALLY IN FORT WORTH AT TRINITY PARK PAVILION 3 ON FEBRUARY 7TH STARTING AT NOON

DFW NORML Rallies To Raise Awareness and Encourage Research For Medical Marijuana
Free Admission – Open To The Public – All Ages Welcome

Feb. 4, 2015 – Fort Worth, Texas – The Dallas / Fort Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (DFW NORML) is rallying at Fort Worth’s Trinity Park and inviting medical professionals, veterans, patients, and parents to speak out about the urgent need for medical marijuana in the Lone Star State. This event is free to attend, family friendly and being held Saturday February 7th, 2015 from 12:00pm – 4:20 pm at Trinity Park, Pavilion 3 – Fort Worth, TX.

In October 2014, Texas Children’s Hospital of Houston announced their official participation in the first worldwide clinical trial for Epidiolex® in children with Dravet Syndrome. As advocates for medical marijuana in Texas, we are rallying in support of any clinical research that could benefit Texas patients through safe, legal access to whole-plant medical cannabis.

In January 2015, Executive Director of DFW NORML Shaun McAlister told the Dallas Observer, “I’m glad that we’re now talking about medical marijuana with some actual sincerity in Texas, because this entire state is just tragically behind the rest of the country.” He also stated that, “On the other hand, I’m really nervous about a CBD-only push because CBD-only legislation represents a very shallow understanding of what cannabis actually is and what it can do. What I’m afraid of with these CBD bills is they’re going to create a medical system that’s extremely limited and that is only going to help a tiny percentage of people. We need a compassionate medical marijuana program, and this rally shows that we care about the patients in Texas and helping save lives. We’re losing too many patients, they’re either dying or moving away. And that’s not the kind of attitude that is going to keep people referring to us as ‘the great state of Texas.”

There are two major goals for the Cowtown Medical Cannabis Rally, which is slated to include food, live music, vendors, and speakers. First, we hope to help make the discussion of medical marijuana less taboo in Texas, so that our patients and doctors can more openly discuss whether or not this natural, non-toxic, therapeutic herb may be right for them. Second, we aim to educate all Texans but especially the medical community and media about the inevitable pitfalls of CBD-only legislation and how Texas needs to get it right the first time by adopting a whole plant medical marijuana program in 2015.

Isn’t it high time YOU got involved?

Find out more about the #CowtownMMJRally at:
www.dfwnorml.org/cowtown-medical-cannabis-rally-at-newby-park-in-fort-worth-texas

Facebook Event Link: www.facebook.com/events/892911834115972

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Medical Marijuana Bridge Brigade – 2/4 at i30 & Bridgewood

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Join us for our 4th DFW Medical Marijuana Bridge Brigade on Wednesday 2/4 from 4-6pm at i30 and Bridgewoood near the Channel 11 news station. Bring a flag, a sign and a friend. Please remember that we must leave the bridge cleaner than we found it so that we can continue to do this kind of thing!

Sponsored by DFW Norml and #TeamAlexis.

RSVP on Facebook for up-to-the-minute announcements: https://www.facebook.com/events/1573535472884272/

VIDEO FROM LAST WEEK

Cowtown Medical Cannabis Rally at Trinity Park Pavilion 3 in Fort Worth, Texas

Please note that the LOCATION HAS CHANGED from Newby Park to Trinity Park Pavilion 3 (2401 University Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76107).

Back in October of 2014, Texas Children’s Hospital of Houston announced their official participation in the first worldwide clinical trial for Epidiolex® in children with Dravet syndrome.

Source: http://www.texaschildrens.org/About-Us/News/Texas-Children’s-Hospital-part-of-first-worldwide-clinical-trial-for-Epidiolex®-in-children-with-Dravet-syndrome/

Since that time, we at DFW NORML have been hearing rumors and whispers that a hospital in North Texas is also in talks to participate in this study or one similar. As advocates for medical marijuana in Texas, we are rallying in support of any medical research that could benefit Texas patients through safe, legal access to cannabis.

While this study is currently limited to CBD-only medicines, we at DFW NORML feel this is an important first step in the medical community acknowledging the efficacy of cannabis as a medicine for Texas patients. This rally will be held in support of continued research and to further educate the medical community at large about the urgent need for whole plant medical marijuana, as supported by the following quote from Staff Neurosurgeon and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta:

“I think the push for CBD-only legislation reflects a lack of understanding of the science involved. If we turn cannabis into a single compound medicine—this is CBD, and nothing else—I think we’re going to find it doesn’t work as well as a whole plant extract. And the danger is that if it doesn’t work as well, people will think that it’s a bust, when in fact, you really need the whole plant to get maximum benefit. Certainly with marijuana the whole plant works better than the single-compound derivatives people have become so focused on.”

Source: http://www.vice.com/read/desperately-seeking-cbd

Please join us at Trinity Park Pavilion 3 in Fort Worth on Saturday February 7th from 12pm – 4pm for the first annual Cowtown Medical Cannabis Rally including parents, patients and activists speaking out as well as live music, food and vendor booths. Isn’t it high time you got involved?

Mark your calendars and RSVP on Facebook for up to the minute announcements: https://www.facebook.com/events/892911834115972/

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CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

– 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 cannabis laws here in Texas. Founder of Team Alexis.

– 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.

– Barbara Humphries: I am 31 years old and fighting or my life with aggressive stage 3 Invasive Breast Cancer; I attended my first P.A.C.T.(Patients advocating for Cannabis Therapeutics) meeting at the Capitol in Austin Texas 3 days after my last chemo treatment and began Lobbying for Medical Cannabis Use. Chemo is a drug that builds in your body through continuous use and without Cannabis I would be a dead woman walking; 6 months of continuous chemo & I am as healthy as I could hope to be. I have been affiliated with DFW NORML & will be speaking at the Cowtown Medical Cannabis Rally in Fort Worth on Feb 7th; I am excited for this opportunity & will do my best to represent the many patients fighting in this great state of Texas! I have seen firsthand the benefits of Cannabis not only with my own personal fight but in the last months of my fathers life while caring for him. Doctors refused to treat him if he didn’t stop using Cannabis and I saw him progressively get worse until I eventually lost him. I will stand loud and proud and speak for all of you who could greatly benefit from Medical Cannabis. I will fight for me, I will fight for my dad, & I will fight for each and every one of you.

– 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.

– Shaun McAlister is the executive director of DFW NORML, one of the largest and most active NORML chapters in the country as well as one of the organizers of the Cowtown Medical Cannabis Rally. Picked as a High Times Freedom Fighter of 2012, Shaun works for himself as an “independent creative” specializing in video, photo and graphic/web design work at iamshaun.com.

– Adam Hess, a father of three young children, has been a disabled medical marijuana advocate, as well as an active member with DFW NORML since 2012. Shortly after joining the organization, his oldest son Bruce, more commonly known as #Brucezilla was diagnosed with a massive tumor on the left side of his brain causing seizures and many other behavioral and physical difficulties. Knowing medicinal marijuana could successfully treat his son’s illness, but not being able to utilize it for fear of legal repercussions against his family, he has dedicated his life to changing Texas’ marijuana laws so that our parents too can have access to a safer and more effective treatment for their children.

– More speakers to be announced.

Texas Legislature to Consider Decriminalization Bill – HB507

The current Texas legislative session is an important one for marijuana activists! House Bill 507, a decriminalization bill introduced in December by Joe Moody (D-El Paso), will be debated during this Texas legislative session. You can read the entire bill here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/billtext/pdf/HB00507I.pdf

HB507 calls for the decriminalization of possession of marijuana in amounts less than an ounce. Under the proposed law, officers would not be able to make an arrest for possession in small amounts, but would seize the marijuana and issue a civil citation instead. The citation would include up to $100 fine and a court date. The court could choose to waive the fine in exchange for attendance at a substance abuse class or 10 hours of community service.

With recent polls showing 93% of Texans in support of decriminalization, prospects of passing the bill look good, assuming Texas legislatures listen to their constituents on the topic. Moody is hoping to have the bill passed by September, so make sure to contact your representative today and let them know where you stand on the issue.

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How to Talk to Your Representatives About Marijuana in Texas

In Texas, the only way to pass laws is through the state legislature. If you want to legalize marijuana, you have to contact your elected officials and ask them to support marijuana law reform. Here are a few ways you can do that effectively.

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Who Represents Me?
Along with our U.S. Congressman and Senators, every Texan has a state Representative and a state Senator based on what district they live in. Find out who represents you by entering your address here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

The website of the Texas Legislature lists the contact information for your lawmakers, for both their local and their Capitol offices. When the legislature is in session, which occurs every two years, you should contact your elected officials at the Capitol. The rest of the time, they should be available to see you at their home office.

How Do I Contact My Representative?
There are several beneficial ways to contact your lawmakers. You can send a form email, when can be found on the website for Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy here: http://texasmarijuanapolicy.org/take-action

You can also personalize an email, or send a handwritten letter. Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy also has some factual talking points to help make your argument.

You can also pick up the phone and call your lawmaker’s office. Since the 2015 session begins on January 13, you should call them at the Capitol. Tell the staffer who answers the phone that you support HB 507, a bill that was recently introduced by Representative Joe Moody from El Paso. This bill would change the penalty for marijuana possession by adults. Individuals would no longer be jailed for possession of an ounce or less. They would not be arrested or receive a criminal record, and would instead face a fine of up to $100.

The staffer will make a record of everyone who calls to support of that bill, and your opinion in favor of HB 507 will be counted along with everyone else who calls in. However, if you want to make the biggest impact on your lawmakers, you should visit them in person. An in person visit to a representative sounds intimidating at first. Many people fear outing themselves as a marijuana consumer, and are worried about the kind of attention that might bring. Some people are afraid that they will be put on the spot, and forced to go on the defensive and answer tricky questions about legalization. But, that is simply not the case. No activist I’ve ever known who has visited their elected officials has ever faced any negative legal backlash from it. And if you think that you don’t know enough to answer questions about marijuana, don’t worry! We have plenty of educational material, and people who will help you learn it and get comfortable with it, so when you talk to your representative, you are confident, knowledgeable, and effective in delivering the message of legalization.

Additionally you could ask for the representatives to support a “whole plant medical marijuana bill” that is currently circulating the halls of the Capitol and seeking a sponsor. If we are able to find a Republican to sponsor this bill, it would be a huge victory for Texas patients.

How Should I Prepare to Meet My Elected Officials?
You will have several chances to meet with them during the 2015 session, and you will not have to do it alone! DFW NORML has joined forces with Texas NORML and other grassroots legalization groups to put our resources together and make sure as many people as possible are able to visit their lawmakers and talk about marijuana law reform.

On February 18, the Citizen Lobby Day hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy is open to everyone. You must RSVP for their event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/388055224694995/

What Else Do I Need to Know?
The most important thing you should remember when contacting your elected officials is to be respectful. You should never get angry or emotional. Always speak politely, and do not badger or accuse. If your lawmaker has questions or concerns about legalization that you cannot answer, write down their question and make sure you find out the answer to it as soon as possible.

When you visit you lawmakers in person, you should dress as if you are going to a job interview. You should be clean and your hair should look neat. If you do not have clothes that you could wear to a job interview, we can help you locate clothes that you can borrow. Make it personal. If you are a patient who could benefit from medical marijuana, explain that to your representative, and present studies that show its healing benefits. Present yourself as a concerned parent, a business owner, a student, or whoever you are. That will help you make a connection.

Our goal is to change the laws here in Texas. The number one thing you can do to help achieve that goal is to talk to your elected officials. Still don’t know what to say? Here’s a short video by DFW NORML Executive Director Shaun McAlister that shows you exactly how to do it.

TALKING TO YOUR REPS

TALKING ABOUT HB507

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DFW NORML Presents Another North Activist Training Day on January 17th in Fort Worth, Texas

The NORML Women’s Alliance and DFW NORML invite you to join us for another Activist Training Day on Saturday January 17th from 2-4pm! The 2015 Texas Legislative Session begins in January, and we are going to help you get ready to influence marijuana law legislation.

We will cover the following topics:

– How a marijuana legalization bill could get passed;
– How the Texas legislative process works, and what to expect from the upcoming session;
– How to find out who represents you; and
– How to talk to your representative about cannabis

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We have outgrown the room at Unity Church (pictured above) where we have held these meetings in the past, so this time we are being hosted by the Fort Worth Public Library in the Tandy Lecture Hall at their central location in downtown Fort Worth located at 500 W 3rd Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

This event is free and open to the public. You do not have to be a member to attend. You can RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1509184882692192/

We are excited to announce that we will be hearing from two great speakers who have a ton of experience talking to their elected officials. We will hear from Tracy Ansley, DFW NORML Patient Outreach Coordinator, and Larry Talley, former DFW NORML Director, LEAP Speaker, and veteran. Tracy and Larry will be answering some questions panel-style, and they will also be available for a group Q&A at the end.

Herb’s the word!

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Support Texas House Bill 507 to Decriminalize Marijuana

On December 15th, Texas State Representative Joe Moody (D–El Paso) introduced a bill that would reduce state penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The decriminalization bill, HB 507 can be read in its entirety here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/billtext/pdf/HB00507I.pdf

Please watch the following message from DFW NORML’s Executive Director Shaun McAlister about what you can do right now to get directly involved with ending cannabis prohibition in the Lone Star State. Be sure to share the video, make your phone calls and encourage your friends, family and co-workers to do the same.

Isn’t it high time YOU got involved?

Videos from the 2014 Dallas Marijuana March

The Dallas Marijuana March of 2014 was one of our most successful events to date, bringing out thousands of attendees. It was also a historic event, given the amount of involvement Dallas Special Events, Dallas City Hall and the Dallas Police Department had. Here are some of the many videos that people created and shared.

Texas Cannabis Report interviews event organizer Shaun McAlister, directly after the march:

Chronica 2014 at Club Dada in Dallas, Texas

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On Saturday 12/27/14 DFW NORML presents our 3rd annual Chronica celebration, a live music fundraising event with speakers, vendor booths, prizes and an ugly holiday sweater competition at Club Dada!

Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

Entry is $6 at the door for current DFW NORML members and $10 for non-members. Each entry includes one complimentary raffle ticket for items such as t-shirts, hats, glass art and more.

The date, times and location are confirmed as are the bands and speakers listed below. RSVP here to stay tuned for additional announcements including chances to win free passes to #Chronica2014!

Be sure to help us spread the word about this one-of-a-kind celebration by inviting your buds and together we’ll continue ending cannabis prohibition one Texan at a time. Herb’s the word.

CONFIRMED BANDS:

– Gloat Entertainment with The Boxer’s Brain
– Sally Majestic
– Bogus Green

BANDS INTERESTED IN PERFORMING:
Contact jamiekinser@gmail.com to be considered.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

– Shaun McAlister, Executive Director of DFW NORML, High Times Magazine Freedom Fighter, father and independent creative business owner – operator of iamshaun.com.

– 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.

SPONSOR INFO:
Contact shaun@dfwnorml.org for event and organizational sponsorship inquiries.

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