Texas: Former Corrections Officer To Join Marijuana Policy Reformers For Advocacy Training Event
Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy is mobilizing activists throughout Texas in an effort to inject marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races
Local marijuana policy reform activists, including a former Texas corrections officer, will gather Saturday for an advocacy training event at the Janet F. Harte Library in Corpus Christi.
The event, hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is the third 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. Regional events are also scheduled for East Texas on December 5 and Houston on December 12. Last month, activists held trainings in Dallas and San Antonio.
The featured speaker at Saturday’s event will be Michael Gilbert, Ph.D., a University of Texas San Antonio criminal justice professor and former Texas corrections officer. He will join representatives of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy for media availability at 12:00 p.m. CT, and members of the media are invited to listen to his presentation at 1:15 p.m. CT.
“During nearly 16 years working as a corrections professional with military and state corrections, it became clear to me that marijuana prohibition is causing more harm than good," Dr. Gilbert said. "These laws have been counterproductive and fail to meet any of their policy objectives.
"Simply stated, we have more important matters to address with our limited law enforcement resources,” Dr. Gilbert said. “These advocacy training events are needed to reach others who want marijuana law reform and prepare them to talk with legislators and political candidates about this important issue. I am honored to participate and help others raise their voices in support of reform.”
WHAT: Regional advocacy training event for local activists who will be working to inject the marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races
WHEN: Saturday, November 7, media availability at 12 p.m. CT, featured speaker begins at approximately 1 p.m. CT
WHERE: Janet F. Harte Library, 2629 Waldron Road, Corpus Christi
WHO: Michael Gilbert, Ph.D., UTSA criminal justice professor and former corrections officer
Representatives from Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy
Local volunteer advocates
Details of the event are available at http://www.texasmarijuanapolicy.org/training-corpus-christi.
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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.
Photo of Dr. Michael Gilbert: UTSA