Fresh off their Public Defender office victory, Mano Amiga is gearing up to push for cannabis decriminalization in Hays County.
MA will be coinciding their campaign launch with a series of films at San Marcos Public Library on Sept 11 as part of the 5th annual Lost River Film Fest. At 5:30 PM the cannabis decrimalization block will begin. Hays County officials contemplate decriminalization of cannabis locally, and San Marcos celebrates one year of enactment of Texas’ only Cite & Release Ordinance.
These films examine the needless harm & wasted opportunities of cannabis criminalization, followed by a panel of policy experts. Films will include
GREEN REVOLUTION (San Anto, 14 min) – Interviews with cultivators, policymakers & scientists reveal an impending global implication of the budding cannabis industry;
LEGALIZE TEXAS: MAKING THE CASE FOR CANNABIS (TX & Colorado, 40 min) – TX State Senator Roland Gutierrez ventures to the Centennial State to document the multifold benefits of legal cannabis, not just to entrepreneurs but military veterans, patients & their loved ones, craving the best possible medical care for healing & recovery;
NOT JUST ANOTHER DAY (Cali, 16min) – In 2015, aspiring chef Lionel Tate was one of 142,000 Black Americans arrested for pot possession. Facing felony charges, sudden homelessness & crippling debt, his story reflects unequal impacts on people of color from cannabis criminalization, while in other parts of the nation predominantly white business owners rake in serious profit from a booming, legal industry.
The total runtime will be 1 hr 10 min. Mano Amiga encourages whoever wishes to attend to do so as the even it free of charge.
Jesse Williams is a retired Navy veteran with a background in nuclear power propulsion plants, graphic design, and mass communications. When not writing articles for Texas Cannabis Collective or EducatingTexans.org he enjoys time with his wife and son in SW Austin. He is an alumnus of NNPTC, NPTU, Austin Community College and Texas State University.