This year the Texas delegation to the 2019 NORML Conference and Lobby Day grew exponentially! We had a group of seven advocates that produced the trip up to Washington, DC. Right here is how our pay a visit to went:
We began off the activities on Sunday by participating in the Leadership Certification exactly where we discovered from employees about very best practices. Our Executive Director, Jax Finkel, participated as a instruction facilitator on the modules concerning “Volunteer Engagement and Advocacy Training”, “Strategies for a Thriving Lobby Day”, and “Taking Nearby Action”. The certification was beneficial for attendees who wanted to find out how to develop and expand their tools for reform.
Monday was a complete day of content material at the 2019 NORML Conference exactly where we discovered from market leaders, chapters from across the states, which includes Canada, Senator Don Wyden (D-OR) and Dr John Hudak. There was an awards ceremony with a reside, original song played by Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and closing remarks from NORML founder, Keith Stroup.
Tuesday was a packed day of lobbying. Our group visited with eleven offices concerning the Texas hemp system, the Texas Compassionate Use Plan and penalty reduction. (See our handout.) Group members also had printed copies of their individual stories to share. We engaged with legislators and employees on how they could have an influence at the federal level. It was a quite distinct experience from 2017 and we have been capable to receive feedback that we can function with. We will be delivering further sources to the offices.
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