Update From NORML’s ‘A Different Kind Of Tea Party’ Tax Day Protest

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director April 15, 2009

    NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre presented a mock check to the U.S. Treasury Department in the sum of $14 billion this morning at a press conference on the steps of the General Post Office in New York City.

    The $14 billion check total represents the combined savings and tax revenues that would be generated by regulating the sale and production of cannabis like alcohol, according to a 2005 analysis by Harvard University senior lecturer Jeffrey Miron and endorsed by over 500 distinguished economists.

    Media representatives from CNN, Fox News, Sirius Satellite Radio, and other news outlets were on hand to cover the event.

    “On a day when so many Americans lament having to pay state and federal income taxes, we’re representing America’s millions of otherwise law-abiding cannabis consumers, who are ready, willing, and able to contribute to our struggling economy — while providing truly ‘green’ jobs and allowing police to focus on more important priorities,” NORML told reporters. “All we ask in exchange for our $14 billion is the right to enjoy pot responsibly and in peace.”

    Additional background information and photos from this morning’s event are available at The Huffington Post here, and at The Hill‘s Congress blog here. As always, NORML encourages you to leave your feedback in support of marijuana law reform at these to influential blog sites.

    NORML is holding follow up, public protest later today at 4:20pm est. We hope to see you there!

    96 Responses to “Update From NORML’s ‘A Different Kind Of Tea Party’ Tax Day Protest”

    1. Dunn Eggink says:


      The Cannabis flower is the most effective and versatile medicine known to humankind and the hemp plant can provide non-toxic alternatives to almost every product that people consume, from paper and bath products to building materials. With the legalization of cannabis in all its forms New York State residents will have the opportunity to build a prosperous and healthy life based on locally grown agricultural feedstock, immune to inflation. The key issues are the benefits that we are violently prohibited from enjoying and the atrocity that marijuana prohibition has become.

      Sunday, May 17, the voice of the New York marijuana legalization movement will be heard in Albany again. One month after the rally on the Capitol steps, Abigail Storm is planning a public “Speak Out” in front of the Capitol where anyone who has something to say will have a chance to voice their opinion. This is part of a rallying effort to encourage people to reach out to Governor Paterson and their state representatives for an end to the prohibition of cannabis hemp. But this time Storm is not just rallying outside.

      The day after the “Speak Out”, On Monday, May 18 she is planning on leading a group of concerned citizens into the Capitol building to ask for an audience with Governor Paterson to address what she calls a crime against humanity being commited by our government. “We don’t need a law to give us permission to use this wonderful plant. God already did that. We need a law to protect us from those who want to deprive us of our rights.” She is serious about getting all of the prisoners out of jail who are in for marijuana and getting their children returned their families.

      Abigail Storm says, “Its time to plant our seed and give the people a light of hope for a healthy and happy future.”


      Listen to WAMC Northeast Public Radio News coverage of the April 17 Rally:

    2. al menefee says:

      Ok! i know how to stop the drug war. don’t give them the money to fight it and then what will they do. cause as you should know income tax is a voluntary tax! so think what you want, I am not giving them 1 red cent. PEACE!!! AL

    3. Dave says:

      In the above picture, you can just see the FOX news reporter looks pissed. Poor FOX news, its said they are loosing the moral and propaganda wars they have been waging (sarcasm).

    4. typodemon420 says:


      U.S. manufacturers, including major drug makers, have legally released at least 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals into waterways that often provide drinking water – contamination the federal government has consistently overlooked.


    5. SMILES says:

      Thank you typodemon420, i was thinking the same thing. no time to take the weekend off NORML.Now is the time we need the tv ads running, people out protesting. Need updates on the 14 billion play check. I live in Oklahoma and looking for any protesting going on, i live “5 miles from Oklahoma State Capital Lawn” would love to to protest at the State Capital. But need help on what to do and what not to do, please help me get a game plan ready, any ideas?

    6. typodemon420 says:

      What is going on NORML?? I am waiting for an update about this $14 billion check. Also, I’m surpised to NOT SEE any updates about gatherings tomorrow. It seems like NORML would be busy “rounding up the troops”.

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