Dallas/ Fort Worth residents rally to change marijuana laws in Texas. The group is called DFW NORML and they are calling for Texas legislator to make marijuana legal.
NORML stands for the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws and the organization has grown nationally since it was created in 1975. This nonprofit organization has been fighting to end marijuana prohibition by lobbying senators to vote on behalf of pro marijuana bills.
It is illegal to buy, sell or own any amount of marijuana in Texas. Marijuana is also classified as a class I narcotic by the federal government.
Max Davidson, the legislative coordinator for DFW NORML said “NORML means freedom and liberty. We are working to legalize Texas because we are tired of having to worry about them arresting us and going to jail over having a plant” Davidson said.
DFW NORML is a registered Texas non-profit organization, which means that all of the money raised goes toward furthering the cause of legalization. DFW NORML receives most of its funding from our members.
DFW NORML aims to influence public opinion to the degree that the repeal of marijuana prohibition is inevitable, and the responsible use of cannabis by adults will no longer be considered a crime.
The organization has monthly meetings that are open to the public, and they also sponsor various events around the Metroplex on a regular basis.
On August 30, 2014, NORML hosted a monthly meeting at The House sports bar in Arlington. Over 100 NORML supporters and members showed up to the meeting. The meeting was filled with inspirational speeches given by other NORML member and politicians looking for votes. The meeting allowed for NORML members to openly talk about marijuana reform and share their ideas and thoughts with other marijuana supporters.
Larry Tally, retired NAVY and DFW NORML member opened the meeting. “We as Texans need to urge our leaders to pass legislation that will tax and regulate the sale production and distribution of marijuana such as we have done with other substances like alcohol” Tally said. “It is about ringing the bells of freedom and being free once again, because we are Americans and we want to be free.”
Twenty- three states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes and three more are pending legislation. Colorado and Washington voted in marijuana for recreational use, so anyone 21 and older can legally buy and consume marijuana for any reason.
Janice Coring a three year member of DFW NORML says that Texas needs medical marijuana now. “There are sick kids out there with epilepsy, and they are going from 50 seizer episodes a day, down to one episode a day on cannabis oil, so why is this still illegal, said Coring. “Legal marijuana here in Texas will give us jobs and happier people.”
Also speaking at the Arlington NORML meeting was Mark Greene who is currently running for congress. He gave a speech and asked for voting support from the members of DFW NORML. He is not running on a legal marijuana platform, but he is sympathetic to the NORML cause.
So when will marijuana be legal in Texas? “2015” said Davidson. “All of the tax money we can bring in and the jobs we can create. Its literally going to revolutionize the way things are in Texas.”
If you are interested in joining the fight, contact DFW NORML, they are ending cannabis prohibition one Texan at a time.
Mark Greene, 2015 Texas political candidate.