West Texans learn how to change the state's marijuana policy

West Texans learn how to change the state's marijuana policy

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Texans supporting marijuana policy reform are working to change how the state handles cannabis and its residents whom use it.

"We're working on training and empowering citizens who are interested in marijuana law reform," Heather Fazio, with the Marijuana Policy Project, said, "so that they can effectively communicate with their lawmakers, what kind of policy changes they'd like to see next year during the legislative session."

Fazio travels around the state teaching citizens and lawmakers over what she calls misconceptions and myths that go along with cannabis.

"We've heard for decades that marijuana is a gateway drug to other harder substances and the bottom line is, that's simply not true," she said. "Every study that has ever been done has disproven that theory and we know from our own experiences with our family and friends that you don't simply use cannabis today and heroine tomorrow."

Advocate for marijuana legalization said the plant itself has many more uses than just recreational use. A cousin to the cannabis plant, Hemp, could be used to provide farmers an option for farmers when the climate is not cooperating.

"You have a plant that's adaptable to the environment, dry climates and stuff, and doesn't need a whole lot of irrigation, then it's something that could turn around a lot of economies in small rural areas," Cameron Gray, a farmer, said.

Those working with the organization aim to introduce a number of bills into the legislature ranging from decriminalization to easier access to medical cannabis.

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