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Grab Prohibition by the Horns at the Texas Regional NORML Conference June 7-9

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director May 24, 2013

    It’s high time Texas grabbed prohibition by the horns!

    DFW NORML proudly presents the Texas Regional NORML Conference at the Norris Conference Center (304 Houston St. Fort Worth, Texas 76102-7404) in downtown Fort Worth from June 7 – 9. This historic event includes over a dozen speakers such as Keith Stroup, founder of NORML, Judge Jim Gray, the 2012 Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Nominee, expert cultivation and concentrate tips, medicinal alternatives to smoking, an exclusive screening of the new documentary American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny, patient testimonials, a hemp fashion show, reception and live art show, two after parties, vendors, prizes and more than a few surprises.

    The primary goals for the Texas Regional NORML Conference are:
    1.) Give Texans an honest, entertaining and interactive cannabis education.
    2.) Showcase the strength of the Texas effort to end prohibition.
    3.) Call all Texans to action because now is the time to get involved!

    This historic event includes over a dozen speakers including Keith Stroup, founder of NORML, an exclusive screening of the new documentary American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny, expert cultivation and concentrate tips, a hemp fashion show, reception and live art show, two after parties, vendors, prizes and more than a few surprises.

    Get your 3 Day pass for a $100 donation which includes all days of the conference, the reception, both after parties and a swag bag full of goodies provided by our generous sponsors. Discounted pricing available for students, seniors, veterans, media and NORML chapters.

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE

    The deadline for online registration of the Texas Regional NORML Conference is 6/7. Otherwise, you can register in person 6/7 – 6/9 for the same price!

    CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

    (Click the names with links to view short videos with the speakers)

    – Judge Jim Gray, 2012 Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Nominee and author of“Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It”
    Keith Stroup, Founder & Legal Counsel at NORML
    – “Radical” Russ Belville of 420radio.org
    Mike Hyde – Founder of the Cash Hyde Foundation and father of Cash Hyde
    Cheyanne Weldon, Executive Director of Texas NORML
    – Shaun McAlister, Executive Director of DFW NORML
    Erik Altieri, Communications Director & Chapter Coordinator for NORML
    Jamie Balagia – Public Information Officer and Attorney at San Antonio NORML
    – Joy Strickland – Founder of Mothers Against Teen Violence
    Clif Deuvall – Co-chair of Texas at US Marijuana Party of Texas, Chairman at Texas Cannabis Party and Founder Norml of Waco Inc. at NORML
    – Leslie Burgoyne, DFW NORML Family Law Attorney
    Reverend Russell Elleven – Unitarian Universalist Minister
    Derek Cross – Author at Hemp Healthy Today
    – Allen Patterson – Chairman of the Tarrant County Libertarian Party
    Larry Talley – Strategist for DFW NORML, speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and retired US Navy
    Terry Nelson – Executive Board Member at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), former Border Patrol agent and Homeland Security Supervisor
    – Toni Ann Hanskett-Mills – Patient Advocate for Medical Cannabis Patients with 28 yrs experience in Direct Patient Care
    – Stephen Betzen – Founder of the Texas Coalition for Compassionate Care
    – Margarita McAuliffe – Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Texas Moms United

    CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

    More information is available directly from DFW NORML here or at the Facebook Event page here.

    Hope to see you in Texas soon!

    15 Responses to “Grab Prohibition by the Horns at the Texas Regional NORML Conference June 7-9”

    1. FunnyStoners says:

      HAHAHA, The very idea of Texass ending prohibition is just as funny as Alabutholebama ending racism. These southern states may offer the moral majority some southern comfort but for the rest of us living in these god aweful states our rights are nothing more than stepping stones for their rights.

      Give ’em heII Norml of Texass, you know they wont cut you one inch of slack so just go for it. You aint got nothin to loose.

    2. Brian says:

      Well poop, short a hundred bucks.

    3. TheOracle says:

      Conference on Cannabis in Germany…

      Interesting goings on in Germany, with pressure mounting in the border area because of enforcement of the weedpass in Maastricht, there is some support in Germany to standardize the amount of cannabis a person can possess without being prosecuted. This article from http://www.thelocal.de is about an upcoming conference over there.

      The comments to the article are interesting, especially how counter the prohibitionists who are demanding factual, statistical proof. Any help anyone can give to our pro-cannabis friends in Europe to put some more nails in the coffin of Cannabis Prohibition can only speed up legalization, put more pressure on the international prohibitionists in Vienna who are hellbent on making sure international agreements keeping cannabis illegal remain in place.

      Below is the article in English.

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      Nationwide cannabis limit rolls nearer

      Published: 24 May 13 12:48 CET | Print version

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      Germany could in the future have a country-wide “tolerable limit” for cannabis possession, it was reported on Friday. Currently, this amount differs between states.

      North Rhine-Westphalia’s (NRW) Interior Minister Ralf Jäger is, along with other states’ interior ministers, pushing for all states to have the same exemption limit for the possession of cannabis and hashish, he told the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung.

      Possessing the drug is illegal, but having a small amount is tolerated by the law. This amount varies between parts of the country: whereas in Bavaria police will turn a blind eye to anything under six grams, while in Berlin they’ll ignore up to 16 grams of the drug.

      Speaking at a conference for Germany’s state interior ministers, Jäger said he would be calling on federal Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger to reconsider the law.

      The current hotchpotch makes enforcing the law more difficult than if there were a blanket “tolerable limit,” head of police union GdP Oliver Malchow told the paper.

      “If a person goes from Munich to Berlin they have to remember that in one city they would be punished and in another, not,” he added.

      NRW’s Justice Minister Thomas Kutschaty voiced agreement with Jäger but stressed that they did not want to downplay the possible dangers of smoking cannabis.

      It remains a punishable offence to be caught with harder drugs, like cocaine or ecstasy.

      The Local/jcw

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      Not a good idea. Bavaria enjoys low criminality not by chance. Zero tolerance to drugs is important to keep unpleasant and potentially dangerous individuals away. Prevention is always the best remedy.
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      Generic Username > yllusion • 9 hours ago

      Well, if you want to keep unpleasant individuals away, the best way is to legalise it and sell in some legal places which have restricted access to minors. the Netherlands have a good record of reduced crime after they did it.

      Low crime level in Bavaria will be twice as lower if cannabis would be legal, as the two main sources of income for organized criminals are prostitution and drugs. The former is legal.
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      yllusion > Generic Username • 8 hours ago

      Really? Well, let’s see, according to data from Numbeo, the Netherlands have a significantly higher crime index compared to Germany (37.53 against 23.86), and the work of the police and law enforcement in the Netherlands is ever increasing. They spend a lot of resources with drug cases and investigating drug-related organized crimes. Your last paragraph is nothing but a theory. Also, if you look at the statistics, the consumption of cocaine in Europe is increasing faster than the consumption of cannabis. No wonder.

      I also quote for your a report of the EMCDDA:

      “In the period 2005–10, the number of drug law offences involving cannabis increased in 15 reporting countries, resulting in an estimated increase of 20 % in the European Union. Downward trends are reported by Germany, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands and Austria. Cocaine-related offences increased over the period 2005–10 in 12 reporting countries, while Germany, Greece, Austria and Croatia reported decreasing trends. In the European Union, overall, offences related to cocaine increased by an estimated 12 % over the same period, but fell in the last two years.”

      So you see, there is no indication that the policies in the Netherlands are producing significant improvements compared to other countries. And the situation there is only controlled because of a high law enforcement, improving measures to fight crime that come with the drug market. The police there is very busy! Legalization of cannabis has nothing to do with turning black sheep into white sheep and producing an utopic society. This doesn’t happen and it is not happening.
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      Generic Username > yllusion • 4 hours ago

      Ashes to ashes, diamonds to diamons. I didn’t say “after the Netherlands legalised cannabis, they became the safest country in Europe”, I said that crime rate in the Netherlands reduced, this is a well established fact.

      Comparing the Netherlands and Germany is not fair, let’s compare it with NRW: a similarly sized neighbouring German state. Is NRW safer than the Netherlands?
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      yllusion > Generic Username • 4 hours ago

      No, you didn’t say exactly that, but your premise is that legalization of cannabis promotes reduction of crime. Can you show me hard data? I couldn’t find straight away. And can you actually separate the effect of legalization of cannabis from the enhancement of law enforcement in the safety rate? Because as I said, they legalized the drug but they didn’t stop to watch things happen.

      And two things, 1) it isn’t unfair to compare both countries because the data is of course relative to the population size, that is how statistics are dealt with; 2) aren’t we comparing the 0 tolerance Bavaria with “full” tolerance Netherlands? That is the core question that we are discussing and you are trying to evade from it using meaningless comparisons. The laws in Germany vary from state to state. Remember that.

      Go see the report of the EMCDDA as I suggested. If legalization of drugs contributed to reduction of crime, the Netherlands should be way under European average, but it is not.

      Finally, I could also argue that a smaller country like the Netherlands should be easier to govern and to control, and therefore it should be much safer than Germany. But that isn’t the reality.
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      Matt Reed > yllusion • 11 hours ago

      So you’ll be banning alcohol and caffeine immediately then?
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      yllusion > Matt Reed • 10 hours ago ?
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      Here we go, do I really have to say the obvious? Just because many substances contained in food and beverages are chemically considered as or labeled as “drugs”, it doesn’t make all products the same, because people consume different products for different reasons. If soft drugs like cannabis were not linked with consumption of other harder drugs, if it was not linked with drug tourism, subcultures, gangs, prostitution, theft and other less noble activities, there would be no reason to be intolerant. The culture around is the problem, not the product by itself. Do you want to consider coffee and tea as drugs? Is the ritual of drinking tea a social or health problem? I don’t think so. Similar thing to moderate consumption of alcohol, which by the way isn’t exempt of problems, for sure. This drug debate is very repetitive, but people forget to see the problems that the Netherlands are having with their high tolerance to soft drugs. No wonder they recently took measures to restrict consumption. And facts are facts, you probably saw here at The Local that Munich and Augsburg are the first and second safest cities in Germany, both in Bavaria, and this is certainly because of the low tolerance policy implemented by the police.

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    4. Julian says:

      Good job NORMAL. Sure we all love to hate the law and say Texas will be the last state to legalize hemp or marijuana, but thats the kind of attitude that keeps prohibition going.
      Call Senator Cornyn. Call Ted Cruz. If they truly believe in creating jobs without spending a dime they cant turn away from legalizing hemp, cause the 2014-2016 platforms will be MADE of hemp with the momentum Americans have going to end prohibition. We know the DEA is entrenched in Texas politics. And we know the State legislature likes to pass the buck and kill bills by letting the time expire rather than do their job and compromise. That’s the wonderful thing about activism; its a required ingredient for real Democracy. Its also educating us not only of the use of this wonderful, sacred plant but prohibition has revealed the flaws in our Democracy. Wouldn’t that be a climactic and positive ending to the tragic irony of Cannabis prohibition/; If the only way America practised our responsibility in a free Democracy– if the only way we were finally motivated to make Congress work together and pass a decent law like the Hemp amendment now facing the Senate was to legalize some hemp…

    5. pot says:

      I HATE that pot is not legal. If I can’t get my medicine, what am I to do? I spent all day looking. Nothing. Pot keeps people off harder drugs. At least for me it’s that way. And if I can’t get my medicine. I feel so terrible. We all want to smoke, it sucks so bad, and many people are moving away making it harder to get. It’s a dilemma here in TX. It’s terrible. I want to move away too, but I just bought a house, and am kinda obligated. I don’t like wine either. Beer is cool, but like, I don’t really give a shit about it. Please legalize my medicine.

    6. spock says:

      it’s highly illogical to ask someone to spend their money to have people try to change their minds, for texans are as stubborn as the cows they eat. This event should be free, because knowledge is truly priceless.

    7. CPRIT says:

      I hope TX-NORML will discuss ways to fight cancer by working with the new Cancer Prevention Institute of Texas.

    8. MJ says:

      I hope legalization happens in my lifetime. …I dream of the day but do not predict Texas will be legalizing marijuana anytime soon. Sad that alcohol is so popular…. it makes me sick. I hate alcohol. Frustrating that a deadly drink can be legal but a silly plant is illegal. … come on politics…… really?

    9. Deborah Dills says:

      The state of Texas will be the LAST state in the union to legalize marijuana. Our family just left living in Fort Worth because of their attitude towards young men smoking pot, like my sons, Just a seed or stem of marijuana will get you a trip to the local jail for 30 days, plus a fine. LOL. How absurd Texas is.
      While driving out of Fort Worth,Texas, and in the town of Witchita Falls, my sons, ages 29 and 20, were stopped by a sheriff while we, their parents were driving the Penski van up front. Why? Because a license plate light was out on our car and the cop thought they might be “running drugs” to Colorado. Texas LIKES being a “Police State” and LOVES making tons of money on people who smoke pot,snort cocaine, or anything else they deem illicit, or anti Christian. Until the majority of people demand that Marijuana is legalized, and stop voting for clowns like Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn and the like –then nothing will ever change. Believe me, as a progressive I know after living in Texas (Humble, Keller, and Fort Worth) for over 12 years, and then moving in October 2011 to the wonderful State of Washington, where we not only have medical marijuana, but legalized it for everyone in 2012. Go to Texas- go to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200 and never smoke or grow pot-ever.

    10. Terry Fay says:

      $75.00!!! Are you freakin serious?!?! This is a wonderful organization, but if you guys really want to make an impact, you going to have to get realistic about what regular people can afford. You know where all the money is in Texas and it’s not with the people you are trying to reach.

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