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 December 3, 2015

texas norml region conference marijuana cannabisLocal marijuana policy reform advocates, including an active-duty Dallas police officer, will gather Saturday for an advocacy training event at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce in Tyler. Details of the event are available at http://texasmarijuanapolicy.org/training-tyler/.

The event, hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is the fourth 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 Houston on December 12, Amarillo on January 9, and Lubbock on January 10.

The featured speaker at Saturday’s event will be Nick Novello, an officer with the Dallas Police Department and member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). Members of the media are invited to listen to his presentation at 3:30 p.m. CT, and he will be available for interviews immediately after.

“I work toward marijuana legalization because, as an active police officer, I have an obligation to improve public safety and protect my community,” Officer Novello said. “Regulation and education will focus police resources on more important crimes and make the drug more difficult for children to get. By every measure, marijuana prohibition has failed. Safer communities are within reach.”

Joining Officer Novello will be Michael Bullock, legislative director for State Rep. David Simpson, who will offer tips on meeting with lawmakers to discuss marijuana policy reform. Rep. Simpson is currently facing off with Rep. Bryan Hughes in the Republican primary race for Texas Senate District 1, which encompasses Tyler. Earlier this year, both representatives were co-authors of a bill to remove the threat of arrest, jail time, and a criminal record for simple marijuana possession.

WHAT: Regional gathering of marijuana policy reform advocates — including an active-duty Dallas police officer — who will be working to inject the marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races

WHEN: Saturday, December 5; featured speaker at approximately 3:30 p.m. CT, media availability immediately following

WHERE: Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, 315 Broadway Ave. #100, Tyler

WHO: Officer Nick Novello, Dallas Police Department

Michael Bullock, legislative director for State Rep. David Simpson

Representatives from Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy

Local volunteer advocates

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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

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  6 Responses to “Dallas Cop to Help Mobilize Marijuana Activists In Tyler, Texas On Saturday”

  1.  

    Do active duty police have the legal right to belong to LEAP? Of course they should, but …

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    Encouraging news for those in the LoonStar State!

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    This officer probably sees first-hand, the effects of cartel marijuana and drug trafficking in their communities because they’re a border state to Mexico. These LEAP members are brave for speaking out of the fallacies and mistruths of the WOD while being active duty at the same time. Finally some real sensible policing!!!

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    Tyler and Dallas are about as far away from Mexico as you can get in Texas.

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