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Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy is mobilizing activists throughout Texas in an effort to train citizens to become effective advocates of marijuana policy reform

Texas marijuana policy reform advocates will gather Saturday, Oct. 8, for an advocacy training event at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center in Houston, and on Sunday, Oct. 9, for training at the Bazan Branch Library in San Antonio.

The events, hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, will be the seventh and eighth in a series of events being held around the state as part of an effort to inject the marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races and to educate supporters of marijuana policy reform.

“Current state marijuana policies are burdening local law enforcement officers and our criminal justice system as a whole,” said retired Houston Police Lieutenant Jay Hall. “Criminalizing the simple possession of marijuana is a waste of resources and has unreasonable lasting effects on those convicted. Instituting a civil penalty to replace current criminal penalties is a more sensible approach.”

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Heather Fazio, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy:
“Reforming marijuana policies at the state level is essential to eliminating the patchwork enforcement we’re seeing throughout Texas”
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“For those concerned about substance abuse,” Lieutenant Hall said, “it’s important to consider two things: 1) prohibition hasn’t resulted in lower rates of use or abuse, and 2) if we want to positively affect behavior, we need to consider the conditions that promote general substance abuse.”

“Currently, marijuana policies in Texas are failing our communities,” says Dr. Michael Gilbert, adjunct professor at UTSA and representative of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “Arresting people and saddling them with a criminal record for the simple possession of marijuana is unreasonably harsh and has proven to be an ineffective deterrent. Instituting a civil penalty is a sensible approach to sentencing reform.”

“Reforming marijuana policies at the state level is essential to eliminating the patchwork enforcement we’re seeing throughout Texas,” said Heather Fazio, spokesperson for Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. “The citizens of Texas want to see legislative action on this issue, and we’re working hard to ensure that their voices are heard by lawmakers in advance of the legislative session in January.”

The Houston event begins at 9:30 a.m. CT. Representatives from Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy will be available for interviews at 11 a.m. CT.

Details of the Houston event are available at http://www.texasmarijuanapolicy.org/houston-training-registration/.

WHAT: Regional gathering of marijuana policy reform advocates who will be working to inject the marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races

WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 9:30 a.m. CT; media availability at 11 a.m. CT

WHERE: Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston

WHO: Representatives from Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy
Jay Hall, retired Houston Police Lieutenant
Local volunteer advocates

The San Antonio event begins at 12:30 p.m. CT on Sunday, October 9.. Representatives from Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy will be available for interviews at 2 p.m. CT.

Details of the San Antonio event are available at http://www.texasmarijuanapolicy.org/regional-advocacy-training-san-antonio/.

WHAT: Regional gathering of marijuana policy reform advocates who will be working to inject the marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races

WHEN: Sunday, October 9, 12:30 p.m. CT; media availability at 2 p.m. CT

WHERE: Bazan Branch Library, 2200 W. Commerce Street, San Antonio

WHO: Representatives from Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy
Dr. Michael Gilbert, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Local volunteer advocates


Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy is a broad coalition of organizations, activists, and community leaders dedicated to realizing effective, efficient, and evidence-based marijuana policies in Texas. For more information, visit http://www.TexasMarijuanaPolicy.org

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