Lisa has been a fierce advocate working her now third legislative session testifying at the Capitol, working closely with lawmakers to push high standards of reform and create a safe and legal market in Texas. Lisa has a background in professional advocacy by organizing professional events, lobbying and providing input to bill drafts for State Representatives, drafting resolutions for local municipalities and hosting state and nationwide conferences. She is now the Executive Director for Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy.
An advocate of individual liberty and personal responsibility, Heather Fazio has worked toward limited government since 2009. She served as Executive Director of Texans for Accountable Government from 2011-2014 and has served as an advisory board member of Texas NORML since 2012. Heather served as Texas Political Director of the Marijuana Policy Project from 2014-2018. She was a passionate Director of this organization for many years and now serves on our Board of Directors.
Amanda Grace Hughes is a cannabis educator, advocate, and medical cannabis patient. She is an experienced licensed esthetician, an enamored herbalist, a skincare formulator, and a spa owner in Dallas. She is the founder of the organization Higher Education Texas where she educates on the precious cannabis plant and the laws surrounding it. She is passionate about justice for people and justice for the plant.
John is the current Chairman of the Texas Young Republican Federation. Additionally, John serves on the City of Houston’s Houston Public Safety Advisory Committee, where he is charged with meeting Houston residents to hear concerns, and relay those concerns to the Houston Police and Fire Departments on a quarterly basis. He is the former President of the Houston Young Republicans and was a founding member and former Treasurer of the Houston Republican Liberty Caucus. John was voted 2014 Man of the Year by the Texas Young Republican Federation. John is active with many other clubs in Houston as he continues to build onto the grassroots network in Harris County and beyond. John has a passion for volunteering and works with many organizations and charities in Houston.
Trish Taylor has been working to reform marijuana laws in Texas for more than two decades, beginning with assisting in the planning of the first Austin Million Marijuana March in 1999.
Over the years, while paying the bills with her day job at the Texas Department of State Health Services, she has volunteered in many capacities with reform organizations, including the Drug Policy Forum of Texas, Texans for Medical Marijuana, Texas Coalition for
Compassionate Care, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, the Marijuana Policy Project, and Texas NORML. She retired from State employment in 2013, but has continued her reform
volunteerism. Trish has three adult children and four grandchildren, with a fifth expected in March 2023. She is currently staying in Louisiana and caring for her elderly mother. She is a legal
Louisiana medical marijuana patient.
Texas Veterans for Medical Marijuana advocate for a whole plant medical cannabis program with the right of home grow. Established in 2015, TXVMMJ focused on adding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a qualifying condition for the Compassionate Use Program. Veterans promoted this cause with an initiative named Operation Trapped, educating veterans, doctors, voters and legislators about how cannabis helps the symptoms of PTSD for combat veterans, victims of military sexual trauma and other patients who have experienced severe trauma and abuse. PTSD was added to CUP in 2021. TXVMMJ continues to advocate for conditions such as Traumatic Brain Injury and chronic pain. TXVMMJ sponsors medical cannabis seminars to educate Texans about the healing power of cannabis. TXVMMJ empowers veterans to speak for medical freedom and the right to choose medicine that is most appropriate for their medical conditions.
We are dedicated to the preservation of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution (US and Texas) and the Bill of Rights. The promotion of personal and state sovereignty in Texas is our primary goal!
Texas NORML, the Austin Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is a trans-partisan, educational nonprofit that focuses on cannabis law reform. Our mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that patients can safely access their medicine and so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.
Texans for Accountable Government (TAG) is a trans-partisan Political Action Committee headquartered in Central Texas. TAG was formed with the ambition of reigning in the intrusive and expanding reach of government, which threatens to invade every facet of our lives. Our ambition is to put the reins of government back into the hands of individual American citizens; allowing us to once again run our own lives.
The Young Republicans is the oldest political youth organization in the United States. The Texas Young Republicans (TYRF) is an official auxiliary of the Republican Party of Texas with 24 chapters and hundreds of members from across the state. In Texas, we are the premier organization for political activists under 40 who are involved in politics. Our membership is ideologically diverse, with fiscal conservatism, social conservatism, libertarian ideals, and center-right viewpoints well represented in our organization.
The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC) identifies and advances real solutions to the problems facing Texas’ juvenile and criminal justice systems. We conduct policy research and analysis, form effective partnerships, and educate key stakeholders to promote effective management, accountability, and best practices that increase public safety, save taxpayer dollars, and preserve human and civil rights.
SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while fighting back against counterproductive Drug War policies, particularly those that directly harm students and youth.
Students For Liberty (SFL) is an organization that supports liberty for all people. SFL does not dictate the foundations upon which individuals justify their belief in liberty. Rather, Students For Liberty embraces the diversity of justifications for liberty and encourages debate and discourse on the differing philosophies that underlie liberty.
The Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas is one of the two original chapters of the only nationwide organization within the Republican Party which promotes pro-liberty Republican candidates and engages in activism on liberty issues.
Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP) works to reform
marijuana laws by working within the GOP to educate and connect with lawmakers, party leadership, and grassroots activists. We are the voice for all Republicans who oppose the inhumane and unjust practice of imprisoning people for using the cannabis plant. We support efforts to bring marijuana out of the black-market and into safe, legal, and regulated use by doctors for compassionate medical care and storefronts for adult recreational use.
Reason envisions an end to the war on drugs and failed prohibition, a shift to a legal and competitive market, and an emphasis on personal responsibility and private social services to help with addiction. We seek to help state and local governments implement policy approaches to drug legalization embracing markets and competition rather than regulation and monopoly, over-regulation, and just and practical regulation of external harms (such as intoxicated driving).
We believe in the Texas spirit and the ability to make our state exceptional. And working with a coalition of partners from around the state, we advocate for a variety of issues important to a growing majority of people in our state.
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) works for sensible marijuana
policies at the federal and state level; our grassroots and lobbying campaigns have changed several laws. MPP provided the bulk of the funding, staff, and expertise to the 2012 Colorado initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and older. Along with our allies, we aim to pass at least 10 more laws to regulate marijuana like alcohol by 2017.
Libertarians seek the maximum protection for the rights of all people against any violation, be it by other people, other nations, or our own government. It is our principle that, so long as a person does not violate the rights of others, he or she should be left free and unrestrained.
The Libertarian Christian Institute is a federal 501(c)3 tax-exempt educational and religious nonprofit organization that promotes libertarianism from a Christian point of view. “We are convinced that libertarianism is the most consistent expression of Christian political thought.”
Founded on March 16, 2002, LEAP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies. Those policies have failed, and continue to fail, to effectively address the problems of drug abuse, especially the problems of juvenile drug use, the problems of addiction, and the problems of crime caused by the existence of a criminal black market in drugs.
Working to ensure a safe, free, prosperous Hays County by creating a powerful, local, action-driven and Constitutionally based political force in our local and state policy making, and in local and state party organizations.
The Hazlitt Policy Center’s mission is to provide the nation’s lawmakers with modern legislation, facts, and strategies to achieve a free society through public policy. With over 50 legislators in HPC’s membership the center advances policies that promote free markets, civil liberties, and peace.
The Green Party of Texas has explicitly included marijuana decriminalization & an end to the drug war in its platform since its inception. We are overjoyed that the major political parties, long in control of our government and therefore responsible for the legal status quo, are now coming around to reform their positions on marijuana policy.
Foundation for an Informed Texas is an educational non-profit
focused on educating the citizens of Texas on current marijuana laws, legislative and elective processes, available legislative options as well as the physiological aspects and socio-economic impacts of cannabis.
The Drug Policy Forum of Texas [DPFT] began with the basic belief that a well-informed public will choose rational policies. DPFT was formed because the War on Drugs not only doesn’t work but is also causing a great deal of unintended damage to society. Most politicians are afraid to discuss alternatives, and the one-sided information given to the public is often distorted or simply wrong.
Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) serves as a voice for physicians who believe that cannabis prohibition has failed and that the misuse of cannabis should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal one. DFCR’s physician members strive neither to minimize nor to exaggerate scientific literature about the risks and benefits of cannabis use.
DFCR promotes evidence-based strategies to prevent recreational marijuana use by minors and misuse by adults. Through education of physicians and the public, DFCR supports the legalization and effective regulation of cannabis in the United States and around the world.
CTD works to ensure that Texans with disabilities may work, live, learn, play and participate fully in the community of their choice. We focus on the areas of governmental advocacy, public awareness activities, and professional disability consulting to fulfill our mission. CTD is the largest and oldest member driven cross-disability organization in the state.
Clergy for a New Drug Policy mobilizes clergy nationally to end the War on Drugs and see a health not punishment response to drug policy. As voices of faith, we call for an end to the War on Drugs which the United States has waged, at home and abroad, for over 47 years. This War has failed to achieve its stated objectives; deepened divisions between rich and poor, black, white, and brown; squandered over one trillion dollars; and turned our country into a “prisoner” nation.
Austin Justice Coalition (AJC) is a community organization that focuses on improving the quality of life for people who are Black, Brown, and poor. Since 2015, AJC has served as a catalyst for positive change towards economic and racial equity for Austin’s people of color by developing, organizing, and providing robust programs and events. AJC’s big four areas of advocacy are education, policing, civic engagement, and community building.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is the state’s preeminent civil rights organization, at the forefront in Texas since 1938. The 11th largest ACLU affiliate in the United States, the ACLU of Texas works in the courts, the legislature and through public education to protect civil rights and individual liberty.