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Capitol Advocacy Workshop Capitol Advocacy Workshop Saturday, January 12th, 2019 Saturday, January 12th, 2019 Welcome to the Team!

Constituent advocacy is one of the most critical tools we have as a grassroots movement. Legislators and other community members need to hear from Texans like you who want to see sensible marijuana policies instituted. Individual Advocates Progress is only possible because of advocates like you! Hundreds of Texans visited their Capitol to support marijuana law reform

Individual Advocates Advocacy is all about building relationships and effective communication (this includes listening and responding to concerns) Where are we now? Texas Compassionate Use

Program Signed by Governor Abbott June 1st, 2015 Authored by Republicans in both the state House and Senate Passed out of the Senate 30-1 Passed out of the House with more than a super majority Who does the program PatientsServe? diagnosed with

Intractable Epilepsy "Intractable epilepsy" means a seizure disorder in which the patient's seizures have been treated by two or more appropriately chosen and maximally titrated antiepileptic drugs that have failed to control the seizures. Registr Department of Public Safety established and maintains an online y registry that contains:

the name of each physician who registers as the prescriber for a patient the dosage prescribed and means of administration ordered the total amount of low-THC cannabis required to fill the patient's prescription a record of each amount of low-THC cannabis dispensed by a dispensing organization to a patient Physician s A physician is qualified to prescribe low-THC cannabis to a patient with intractable epilepsy if the physician: is licensed under this subtitle

dedicates a significant portion of clinical practice to the evaluation and treatment of epilepsy is certified: - by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in epilepsy or neurology or neurology with special qualification in child neurology - by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology in neurophysiology. input safety and efficacy data derived from the treatment of patients for whom low-THC cannabis is prescribed A second physician qualified to prescribe low-THC cannabis must concur with the determination and concurrence is recorded in the patient's medical record What Kind of Medicine is Available?

"Low-THC cannabis" means the plant Cannabis sativa L., and any part of that plant or any compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, preparation, resin, or oil of that plant that contains: not more than 0.5 percent by weight of tetrahydrocannabinols not less than 10 percent by weight of cannabidiol "Medical use" means the ingestion by a means of administration other than by smoking of a prescribed amount of low-THC cannabis by a person for whom low- Dispensing Compassionate Cultivation by Texas based company with facilities in

Manchaca, TX Cansortium Texas by Knox Medical based out of Florida with facilities in Schulenburg, TX Surterra Texas by Florida based Surterra with no open facilities Marijuana Offense Penalty Possession or Cultivation 2 oz or less Misdemeanor

2 - 4 oz Misdemeanor 4 oz to 5 lbs Felony 5 - 50 lbs 50 - 2000 lbs More than 2000 lbs Felony Felony Felony Incarceration

Max. Fine 180 days 1 year 180 days* - 2 years $ 2,000 $ 4,000 $ 10,000 2* - 10 years 2* - 20 years

5* - 99 years $ 10,000 $ 10,000 $ 50,000 * Mandatory minimum sentence Texas NORML http://norml.org/laws/item/texas-penalties-2 Sale Marijuana

7 g or less for no remuneration 7 g or less Misdemeanor 180 days $ 2,000 Misdemeanor 1 year

$ 4,000 7 g to 5 lbs Felony $ 10,000 5 - 50 lbs Felony 180 days* - 2 years

2* - 20 years 50 - 2000 lbs Felony 5* - 99 years $ 10,000 More than 2000 lbs Felony

10* - 99 years $ 100,000 2* - 20 years $ 10,000 Felony * Mandatory minimum sentence To a minor $ 10,000

Hash & Concentrates Possession of less than 1 g Marijuana Felony Possession of 1 - 4 g Felony 180 days - 2 years 2 - 10 years

Possession of 4 - 400 g Felony 2 - 20 years $ 10,000 Possession of more than 400 g Felony 10 years - life

$ 50,000 $ 10,000 Manufacture or delivery of less than 1 g Felony $ 10,000 $ 10,000 Manufacture or delivery of 1 - 4 g Felony 180 days - 2 years

2 - 20 years Manufacture or delivery of 4 - 400 g Felony 5 - 99 years $ 10,000 Manufacture or delivery of more than 400 g Felony

10 years - life $ 10,000 Texas NORML http://norml.org/laws/item/texas-penalties-2 $ 10,000 Marijuana Paraphernalia Possession of paraphernalia

Misdemeanor N/A $ 500 Sale of paraphernalia (first Misdemeanor offense) Sale of paraphernalia (subsequent Felony offense) 1 year

$ 4,000 90 days* - 1 year $ 4,000 To a minor Felony 180 days* 2 years

$ 10,000 * Mandatory minimum sentence Miscellaneous Falsifying a drug test Misdemeanor 180 days A person's driver's license is automatically suspended on final conviction of a drug offense. Texas NORML

http://norml.org/laws/item/texas-penalties-2 $ 2,000 Agenda Texas Legislative Session 101 Heather Fazio, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy -- Learn about our legislative timeline and currently filed bill Customize Your Messaging John Baucum, Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition -- Develop your message based on the legislators background and interest Facts and Myths

Carlos Caro, Foundation for an Informed Texas -- Understand how to dispel common misconceptions with fact based dialog BREAK (10 minutes) Written Testimony Workshop Heather Fazio Legislative Timeline 2019 January 8 -- Opening Day February 7 -- LOBBY DAY! February 18-22 -- Medical Cannabis Exhibit February 25 -- Veterans Exhibit

Lobby Day March 8 -- Filing Deadline Session Top Two Priorities: Reducing penalties for low-level possession Expand the Compassionate Use Program - Include patients suffering from debilitating conditions - Remove arbitrary cap on THC - Amend language from prescription to certification for legal purposes - Add independent labs as legal cannabis businesses for consumer protection

86th Legislative Session Other Expected Legislation: Decriminalization (Class B Misd. Class C Misd.) Concentrates Limited Medical Cannabis Access Resolutions for Constitutional Amendments Hemp Cultivation, Manufacturing, and Product Regulation Filed Bills -- Reducing/Eliminating Criminal Penalties HB 63 (Rep. Joe Moody) Relating to the civil and criminal penalties for possession of certain small amounts of marihuana and an exception to prosecution for possession of associated drug paraphernalia; creating a criminal offense. SB 156 (Sen. Jose Rodriguez) Relating to the civil and criminal penalties for possession of

certain small amounts of marihuana and an exception to prosecution for possession of associated drug paraphernalia; creating a criminal offense. HB 335 (Rep. Harold Dutton) Relating to the penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marihuana and eligibility for placement on community supervision or on deferred adjudication community supervision for that offense. HB 371 (Rep. Alma Allen) Relating to the prosecution of and penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marihuana. Filed Bills -- Concentrates HB 186 (Rep. Terry Canales) Relating to the determination of the weight of marihuana and other tetrahydrocannabinols for the purpose of the prosecution and punishment of the offense of possession of those substances. HB 551 (Rep. Terry Canales) Relating to the prosecution of and criminal penalties for the possession of marihuana concentrate; creating criminal offenses.

Filed Bills -- Medical Cannabis SB 90 (Sen. Jose Menendez) Relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and the licensing of dispensing organizations and testing facilities; authorizing fees. HB 209 (Rep. Ron Reynolds) Relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and the licensing of dispensing organizations and testing facilities; authorizing fees. HB 122 (Rep. Gina Hinojosa) Relating to the medical use of marihuana; providing an affirmative defense to prosecution for possession of marihuana Filed Bills -- Resolutions

HJR 21 (Rep. Ron Reynolds) Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis for medical use. SJR 7 (Sen. Jose Rodriguez) Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis for medical use. SJR 8 (Sen. Jose Rodriguez) Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis. Filed Bills -- Hemp SB 116 (Sen. Jose Menendez) Relating to industrial hemp; requiring an occupational license; authorizing fees. John Baucum Develop your message

Know your facts and your audience Stick to your message and dont get distracted Be polite, professional, and patient When speaking to the media, less is more Talking Points Proactive communication Key points and facts that we want to communicate Look for opportunities to utilize your talking points Rehearse your taking points and refine your message Make your case confidently and articulately Rebuttals

Reactive communication Responses to typical objections Be prepared to make rebuttals to counter opposition talking points Different individuals will have different perspectives Be honest if you dont know the answer and ask if you may provide a follow up their question after your meeting Rebuttal Examples Didnt we just legalize medical marijuana?

Only high CBD oil for people with intractable epilepsy The most effective drug for one person might not work at all for another Marijuana contains about 80 active cannabinoids (including CBD &THC) and many of them contribute to marijuanas therapeutic effects What about the children? a record can seriously limit a youths educational opportunities and scholarship/grants, access to employment, professional advancement, and options for housing

Lowered rates of use in Colorado Drug dealers do not ID Many sick childrens parents would like to use cannabis as a first line of defense Staying on Message is Important Take your time to organize your thoughts before speaking Build a bridge from their question to your response Clearly express the knowledge that we want to convey Focus on one issue at a time Remember to listen carefully and dont get lost in your own mind Expressing Passion

Humanize the issue by playing on their emotions Share a personal story about your passion for this issue Be passionate but dont become frustrated and angry Dont let your emotions get in the way of you making your point Speaking with the Media

Arrive early Dress professionally Be prepared with talking points and notes If possible, research the person you will be meeting Stay on message, but be prepared to pivot if needed Framing the shot and context is important Keep in mind they are looking for sound bites Promptly follow up on any questions/requests they may make Speaking with Elected Officials

Arrive early Dress professionally Be prepared with talking points and notes Research the Official and look for common ground Prepare for visit with talking points, notes and

facts/handouts Be respectful and courteous Engage with staff if they are present in the meeting Thank them for their time Promptly follow up on any questions/requests they may have Meeting with Legislators Texas Senators and Representatives are in charge of state law, decided in Austin, Texas, every legislative session. o Penal Code o State-granted medical marijuana program

U.S. Congressmen and Senators (Cornyn & Cruz) go to Washington, D.C., to impact federal policy. o FDA and DEA approved testing of marijuana o Banking regulations o Legality of crossing state lines Meeting with Legislators To find your Federal and State Senators and Representatives go to https://fyi.capitol.texas.gov/Home.aspx or Google: Who represents me. During session Out of session

During session Out of session Before You Call Who is the legislator? How have they voted? Review their biography

Review the types of bills they have authored or co-sponsored Check out their social media What committees do they sit on? Which committees are important to us? o House: Criminal Jurisprudence, Public Health o Senate: Criminal Justice Health & Human Services Use this knowledge to connect with officials and customize your talking points What to Say When You Call

Ask for the scheduler. Say you are a constituent who would like to meet the Rep./Sen. when they are in-district or at the Capitol. Typically they will ask for the topic you are calling about or have you send an email. What to Say When You Call If you want to discuss medical marijuana or decriminalization / legalization of marijuana, say: Ive been in the district for ___ years and have never met with Rep./Sen. ___. Id like some time to speak briefly about health / criminal justice related issues and drop off some materials.

What to Say When You Call It is not uncommon for the office staff to drop the ball. Its okay to be aggressive with a 2nd, 3rd, 4th call. You may have to schedule a couple weeks out. Other ways to get in touch with the legislator: o Sign up for their campaign email list o Sign up for the County GOP & Democratic email lists o Like them on Facebook / Twitter to catch their events Building a Relationship Every state representative is running for office Campaign staff often double as office staff Volunteers are not easy to come by - volunteer for campaign or party

Attend local political events to meet lawmakers and community leaders. Sharing personal stories and experiences sheds light on your perspective. Follow up with folks you meet who are interested in getting involved. Share this website with them so they can learn more and sign up for email alerts and updates: www.TexasMarijuanaPolicy.org Carlos Caro Facts and Myths Annually over 64,000 Texans are arrested for simple possession.

During 2017, 89% of all burglaries, over 60% of all reported rapes, and over 25% of all murders went unsolved. 35% of those arrests are for youth under the age of 21 The State of Texas spends about $10,456 to educate one child for one year, ranked 36th in the Nation. The state spends about $22,000 to incarcerate an individual for one year in a state penitentiary. 84% of Texans think marijuana should be legalized either for medical or recreational purposes. Facts and Myths- Cannabis Reform and the Opioid Crisis We already have a massive opioid crisis in this country, why would we want to allow another drug to become more easily available?

FACT: 72,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2017. Roughly 66% of those deaths were linked to opioids. FACT: States that have medical cannabis laws have roughly 25% lower opioid overdose rates. FACT: The easier the access to legal cannabis in general, the lower the rate of opioid prescribing. Facts and Myths- Cannabis Reform and Youth Access Teen marijuana use did not increase or declined in Washington state, California and Colorado after legalization occured. A meta-analysis of 55 studies has concluded that adolescent marijuana use does not increase after a state legalizes cannabis. Regulated markets make youth access more difficult than the present model under prohibition.

Facts and Myths- Cannabis Reform and the Gateway Theory FACT: There is no proven gateway effect for cannabis. The use of cannabis does not systematically lead to the use of other, harder drugs. Correlation does not equal causation. Origins and Persistence of the Gateway Theory:

1925 Geneva Conference on Opium 1937 Marihuana Tax Act 1951 Boggs Act 1982 Publication of The Stepping-Stone Hypothesis Written Testimony Workshop Break out into groups to work on crafting your compelling testimony Select your topic Find reliable resources Select your talking

points Select your personal touch Write your testimony Share for feedback Thank you for coming! Contacts: Heather Fazio [email protected]

Jax Finkel [email protected] John Baucum [email protected] Carlos Caro [email protected] After Social: Brick Oven Austin (1209 Red River,

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