- Published on 07 September 2013
- Written by Rick Steves
Dear NORML members and supporters,
When the federal government announced that Washington and Colorado were free to legalize, tax, and regulate the sale and recreational use of marijuana, the term "Lower 48" took on a new meaning in my mind. Bit by bit, that Lower 48 will join the "Tokin' Two" and the USA will be finished with the war on pot. At least that's the challenge before us now.
When I joined NORML a decade ago, no politician I know would stand by our cause. Today I have a copy of a letter on my desk signed by both Washington State senators and nearly our entire congressional delegation asking President Obama to support the will of the people in our state. Just this morning I got a phone call from our governor, Jay Inslee, to thank me for the work the drug reform activists in our state have done and to say he was eager to work with us to make this new approach to marijuana work.
In other words, together--under the leadership of NORML--we, the people, are ending the US war on pot. With the last election and with this week's announcement from the attorney general in Washington DC, we are beautifully positioned to make sure a responsible, adult American citizen is never again arrested for enjoying the beauties of recreational marijuana.
But this doesn't just happen. Tens of millions of Americans enjoy marijuana. But only 'tens of hundreds' are actively involved in taking the crime out of its use with a substantial personal commitment of time or financial support. I've spent lots of time and money at this and, given our successes in the last year, it's been time and money brilliantly spent. It's a pure joy to be in this battle with others in the drug reform movement--especially my friends at NORML.
With this letter I'm challenging you to join me and my partners at NORML to empower our organization to build on our recent triumphs. In other words, if you care about legalizing pot in the USA, it's time for you to kick in some serious money.
We're all in this together. And we're doing what we can to defend the civil liberties of American pot smokers. Many give their time, talents, and money--depending on what they've got to give. Sadly, many more just toke away and watch from the sidelines while NORML fights their battle. My fellow NORML board member Justin Hartfield (of WeedMaps) and I have pledged $100,000 to challenge the huge family of NORML members and friends to get engaged and to match us.
This is an historic moment as people power is bringing down the US war on marijuana. And now is the time to help fund NORML's work. NORML is fighting for each of us, and it can't happen without our collective financial support. That's why Justin and I are challenging you to step up to the plate and be a contributing part of this winning team. Donate whatever you can, and--up to a total of $100,000--Justin and I will match you. That doubles the power of your gift.
Think of how far we've come. Think of the heroic contribution drug warriors on the NORML team have made over the decades. Think of how our country is ripe for progress in drug policy reform. And now it's time for a little heroism from you. Together we can make NORML $200,000 stronger. Dig deep and give a little bigger than normal for NORML… right now.
While I've been a marijuana law reform activist for over 35 years, this past week's Department of Justice memo allowing legalization to move forward in the states of Colorado and Washington, along with today's 25th anniversary of the momentous legal decision by DEA judge Francis Young in the seminal marijuana legal challenge known as 'NORML vs. DEA' (ruling in NORML's favor to reschedule marijuana for medicinal purposes) clearly demonstrate that American's long suffering war against marijuana consumers is drawing closer and closer to an end.
- Published on 23 June 2012
- Written by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel,
NORML and NORML Foundation are supported by cannabis consumers and other caring citizens. Please make an end of the year donation to help us keep going strong into 2012. Donate $25 or more and receive copies of both Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids and Medical Marijuana Law in California. --- Thanks from NORML's staff and nationwide chapter network! http://norml.org/join-norml/tax-deductible-norml-foundation
#1 NORML Sues To Halt Government's Prosecution of Medical Cannabis Providers
In October, the United States Deputy Attorney General, along with the four US Attorneys from California, announced their intentions to escalate federal efforts targeting the state's medical cannabis dispensaries and providers. In response, members of the NORML Legal Committee filed suit in November against the federal government arguing that its actions were in violation of the Ninth, Tenth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the US Constitution. Plaintiffs also argued, using the theory of judicial estoppel, that the Justice Department had previously affirmed in federal court that it would no longer use federal resources to prosecute cannabis patients or providers who are compliant with state law. NORML's lawsuit remains pending. Read the full story at: http://norml.org/news/2011/11/10/federal-lawsuit-seeks-to-halt-obama-administration-s-crackdown-on-california-s-medical-cannabis-patients-and-providers.
#2 Members of Congress Introduce First Bill Since 1937 To Legalize Cannabis
House lawmakers introduced legislation in Congress in June to end the federal criminalization of the personal use of marijuana. The bipartisan measure -- HR 2306, the 'Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011' -- prohibits the federal government from prosecuting adults who use or possess cannabis by removing the plant and its primary psychoactive constituent, THC, from the five schedules of the United States Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The bill awaits Congressional action. Read the full story at: http://norml.org/news/2011/06/23/members-of-congress-introduce-first-federal-measure-since-1937-to-legalize-the-adult-use-of-marijuana-bipartisan-coalition-backs-the-ending-federal-marijuana-prohibition-act-of-2011.
#3 Gallup: Majority of Americans Support Legalizing Cannabis
A record 50 percent of Americans now believe that marijuana ought to be legalized for adult use, according to a nationwide Gallup Poll of 1,005 adults published in October. The 2011 survey results mark the first time ever that Gallup has reported that more Americans support legalizing cannabis (50 percent) than oppose it (46 percent). Read the full story at: http://norml.org/news/2011/10/19/gallup-record-percentage-of-americans-now-support-marijuana-legalization.
#4 Over One Million Americans Now Use Cannabis Legally Under State Law
Between one million to one-and-a-half million US citizens are legally authorized by the laws of their state to use marijuana, according to data compiled in May by NORML from state medical marijuana registries and patient estimates. Read the full story at: http://stash.norml.org/americas-one-million-legal-marijuana-users.
#5 Marijuana Prosecutions For 2010 Near Record High
Police made 853,838 arrests in 2010 for marijuana-related offenses according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual Uniform Crime Report, released in September. The annual arrest total is among the highest ever reported by the agency. Marijuana arrests now comprise more than one-half (52 percent) of all drug arrests in the United States. Read the full story at: http://norml.org/news/2011/09/19/marijuana-prosecutions-for-2010-near-record-high.
#6 Largest State Doctors Association Calls For Legalizing Cannabis
The California Medical Association in October called for the "legalization and regulation" of cannabis for adults. The association, which represents some 35,000 physicians, recommends that cannabis be taxed and regulated "in a manner similar to alcohol." Read the full story at: http://norml.org/news/2011/10/19/california-state-s-largest-doctor-s-association-calls-for-legalizing-and-regulating-cannabis.
#7 Connecticut Decriminalizes Cannabis Possession Offenses
Statewide legislation took effect in July reducing the penalties for the adult possession of up to one-half ounce of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor (formerly punishable by one year in jail and a $1,000 fine) to a non-criminal infraction, punishable by a $150 fine, no arrest or jail time, and no criminal record. Read the full story at: http://norml.org/news/2011/07/07/connecticut-marijuana-infraction-measure-signed-into-law.
#8 Vaporized Cannabis Augments Analgesic Effect of Opiates in Humans
Vaporized cannabis significantly augments the analgesic effects of opiates in patients with chronic pain, according to clinical trial data published online in the journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics in November. Investigators surmised that cannabis-specific interventions "may allow for opioid treatment at lower doses with fewer [patient] side effects." Read the full story at: http://norml.org/news/2011/11/10/study-vaporized-cannabis-augments-the-analgesic-effects-of-opiates-in-human-subjects.
#9 State Governors Call on Obama Administration to Reclassify Cannabis
In December, governors from Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington formally requested the Obama administration to reclassify cannabis under federal law in a manner that would allow states to regulate its therapeutic use without federal interference. The administration in July had previously rejected a nine-year-old petition calling on the agency to initiate hearings to reassess the present classification of marijuana as a schedule I controlled substance without any 'accepted medical use in treatment.' Read the full story at: http://norml.org/news/2011/12/08/bi-partisan-group-of-governors-call-on-president-obama-to-re-schedule-marijuana.
#10 Delaware Becomes 16th State To Legalize Limited Medical Use of Marijuana
State lawmakers in May approved legislation to allow patients with a qualifying illness may legally possess up to six ounces of cannabis, provided the cannabis is obtained from a state-licensed, not-for-profit 'compassion center.' The law is anticipated to be implemented in 2012. Read the full story at: http://norml.org/news/2011/05/19/delaware-becomes-16th-state-to-legalize-limited-medical-use-of-marijuana.
- Published on 23 June 2012
- Written by Rob Ryan
Miami Valley NORML was long overdue to having our own banner. Below are two banners we now have to display. A big thank you goes to our members and supporters like Charles Rowland for providing the funding to make this happen.
- Published on 23 June 2012
- Written by Stephanie McKinney
The Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment committee currently has unique volunteer opportunities. While we encourage our supporters to volunteer by circulating petitions we also have volunteer opportunities with more responsibilities. Aside from being a petition circulator we are also looking for the following volunteers.
Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator(s)
- Person must be willing to take on the responsibility of meeting volunteer recruitment quotas
- Must be able to keep a database of names, phone numbers, emails, addresses (including county and region of the state)
- Report back weekly with the OATA committee
- Our goal is 2,000 volunteers by March (we are halfway there)
Regional Field Operations Directors
- Event planning and coordinating background helpful
- Oversees volunteers within specific regions (NE, NW, SE, SW)
- Trains volunteers on proper signature gathering
- Works closely with the State Field Operations Director
- Must be able to coordinate the entire region’s activities
Professional writers (multiple positions and types available)
- Grant writing (works closely with the fundraiser director)
- Articles for news print (works closely with the press release director)
- Web articles and blog experience (works closely with the webmaster)
- Published on 23 June 2012
- Written by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director
Washington, DC: NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, will celebrate the 40-year anniversary of its founding on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. NORML is the oldest and most respected marijuana law reform organization in the nation, and the only such organization to represent itself as the marijuana consumers' lobby.
"Over the last four decades, NORML took what was then a nascent marijuana legalization movement in this country, and moved it into the political mainstream.," NORML founder Keith Stroup said. "Because of NORML's willingness to challenge marijuana prohibition and to make the case that marijuana consumers are good citizens, not criminals, we are now approaching the tipping point with this issue in America. In the end, we are only incidentally talking about marijuana — we are really talking about personal freedom."
NORML celebrates this 40th anniversary with an exciting find from its voluminous archive of marijuana-related media: a public service advertisement for the organization recorded in 1976 by reggae legend Peter Tosh. The reintroduction of the Tosh PSA coincides with Sony Music's April 16 reissue of classic Tosh albums, including 'Legalize It'.
"We are excited to partner with the Tosh Family Estate and Sony Music in releasing this historic clip from the man who touched millions of cannabis consumers with anthems like 'Legalize It' and 'Get Up, Stand Up,'" said NORML Outreach Coordinator Russ Belville, host of the organization's daily webstream / podcast, NORML SHOW LIVE.
NORML SHOW LIVE and the NORML Stash Blog will be featuring more material from the NORML Archives in celebration of the 40th anniversary, leading up to the organization's 40th annual conference this April 21-23 in Denver, Colorado. The Tosh Family and Sony Music will also be working with NORML for more exciting Peter Tosh releases later this year.