Becoming NORML

I had the joyous pleasure of attending the Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo (SWCCEXPO) here in Fort Worth, Texas. I was only able to go for about 2 hours, but the expo was really small, and most of the speakers seemed to be aimed at people who weren’t informed. It may have just be me, but that was my perspective on it. My wife and I are currently looking for a home, so I bought a one day pass, and went on Sunday afternoon. It was cut short by my desire to continue house-hunting with my wife, but it was a magical journey.

First, finding parking in downtown Fort Worth was a little ridiculous. The event was held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, which wasn’t too hard to find. In fact, it was on Houston street. For those that do not know, I am from Houston, Texas, so it was like a little hug letting me know I was in the right place. I went alone, due to a fairly strong prohibitionist stance by my in-laws, and a wife who is cool with prohibition repeal, but just doesn’t like the idea of me being involved. If it sounds confusing, try being me. Finally, I was able to find parking in a nearby garage. I settled in on the 3rd level next to the elevator, took a deep breath, grabbed my things, and jumped out of the car with exuberant force. I was ready to tackle prohibition head on, and I was excited to be around like-minded people.

I made my way around the convention, finally finding the entrance on 11th street. The registration personnel greeted me at the desk, and they quickly hooked me up with a badge and some information. They pointed me toward the set of doors where the convention was and said, “Have fun!” The energy was contagious. Once I entered the floor, I could immediately see booths setup from Weedmaps, NORML, and a company that was working on a proprietary extraction process. The extraction process grabbed my attention, so I went to them first. I heard a very scientific presentation regarding how to extract high quality oil from flower and stock. It was very interesting.

Next, I made my way to the NORML desk. There was an exchange of questions, and some interesting dialogue. I knew that I wanted to officially become a member, but I was talking to the main chapter, which is stationed in Austin. They encouraged me to join the DFW chapter, since that’s where I live. I made my way to the DFW NORML table and met the awesome people there. They quickly got me signed up with NORML, and gave me a discount for being a veteran. It felt good to not just talk about ending cannabis prohibition, but to do something about it, including networking with other people who have the same goal. I am excited about doing more with DFW NORML in near future. I am all in.

With my main objective out of the way, I was free to cruise the booths. There was a younger gentleman selling solar. He boasted of many benefits, including using the sun’s natural light to create energy. This is not really a new concept, but he was very “green” in every sense of the word. It was neat to hear a sales pitch regarding solar from that perspective. As I was passing the stage, I heard a middle-aged woman talk about how awesome cannabis was, and that it was a gift from God, not to be prohibited. I have heard of other people who thought like that, which is what I believe, but it was fun to be near someone else who was standing up for Biblical truth while fighting for prohibition repeal — something that confuses many people, not just politically and religiously conservative Christians.

My favorite stop of the day had to be HoneyB Healthy Living. This was a recommendation given to me by DFW NORML, and it was a good one. There was lots of glass on display, but my main interest was CBD oil and a vaporizer. I spoke with Ryan Beckley of HoneyB, and he gave me a rundown on CBD oil — both vaping oil and tinctures. He let me sample a few different flavors from a vaporizer, and he also gave me a drop of tincture. I could feel the effects of both almost immediately. These “effects” were not a “high” feeling, but a general relief from pain and I could feel some anxiety lift off of me. I struggle with anxiety when I am in large, public areas, so it helped me loosen up and talk freely about the products. After talking and sampling for about 20 minutes, I acquired a vapor pen and a bottle of CBD oil in a peppermint flavor. Before leaving, they gave me a fully charged pen and loaded it with a citrus flavored oil. I also saw them topping of other people’s pens. They were just swinging by like, “Yo man, can I get some more oil?” It was neat to see that level of dedication by a company. Ryan gave me his personal information and assured me that I could call him when the time came to purchase more product. I will definitely be buying a refill of oil, and I am hoping to branch into tinctures, too. If you have the chance, you should look up HoneyB Healthy Living and let them know that KC told you about them.

I walked around with my vape pen, feeling relief from pain and anxiety, and was able to open up and meet people. I especially enjoyed meeting the members of Tokebox. They designed smallish wooden boxes that were passcode protected, perfect for storing things. They seemed a bit pricey, but all boxes are handcrafted in Arizona. Their sales pitch was that this beat the “shoebox under the bed” approach to storing cannabis and cannabis related materials. I took their information, because I might be calling them someday. After leaving the booth, I ran into a nice young lady, and we got to talking about Texas and prohibition. Texas has been behind the curb, but when it catches up, it is doing so with vengeance! She laughed in agreement. After chatting for about 5 minutes, she revealed that she was from Arizona, and was here with Tokebox promoting their products. I thought it was really cool that she was traveling around to cannabis conventions and helping sell an American made product to a new and growing consumer base. I wish the best for Kat and the rest at Tokebox. I hope they continue to deliver high-quality products and good customer service.

Along my journey, I met a lawyer who is doing 420 pro bono cannabis cases as a way to give back to the community. His name was Casey, so we got some mileage out of “Hi Casey, I’m KC. It’s nice to meet you.” He responded with “KC, it’s nice to meet you. I’m Casey.” We laughed and laughed. I always got a kick out of that. I informed him that I have been using cannabis off and on since I was 14 years old, and I have not encountered any legal trouble, but I took his information and let him know if anything changed, I would call him. He not only believes in prohibition repeal, but he sees all his clients like his own children, doing everything he can to keep them out of jail for non-violent cannabis offenses. It is nice to see lawyers stepping up to the plate to take a swing at prohibition. Before leaving, they handed me a lighter and a pamphlet with some information on it. I gladly accepted both, and went about my way.

Finally, I swung by Weedmaps, just to see. I had used Weedmaps when living in California. They are sorta like a Yelp for cannabis doctors and dispensaries. They didn’t have much for Texas, because of the current prohibition, but they did have some useful information, including a card that had a chart indicating the various theraputic benefits of THC, CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC, THCv, THCa, and CBDa — all chemicals found in the cannabis plant. I have kept this information for my reference, and I am tempted to memorize it. Either way, it is a good one!

As I walked around the remaining booths, the pamphlets, lighters, stickers and other things were piling up, and I didn’t have a bag. Also, someone flagged me down for vaping. Apparently, the cops had a problem with people using their vapes at the Expo, even though it seemed like everyone was vaping. Plus, I still had a few hours left to go house-hunting with my wife, so I made the decision to leave after only being there about 2 hours. It was fun and informative. Not only did I officially become a member of NORML, but I got some CBD oil, a vape pen, various vendor information, and I met a really cool lawyer named Casey. It was probably the most productive 2 hours I have had in a long time. It excites me thinking where my anti-prohibitionist journey will take me next, and I am ready to find out!