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Cannabis, circles, cycles, caring and sharing

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director December 26, 2011

    There is something inherently communal about cannabis. When used in groups, unlike with alcohol and tobacco products, cannabis is shared among willing participants (and where hogging something to oneself is frowned about: "Don’t Bogart that joint!").

    A NORML Life DVDA smoke circle–not a square, triangle or pentagon, comes to mind.

    With nearly forty one years of cannabis consumer advocacy in NORML’s rearview mirror, and fast approaching a momentous presidential election cycle–which will most likely include up to four state initiatives to either medicalize or legalize cannabis–NORML’s large grassroots network again will be relied upon to rally supporters from coast to coast to continue to advance these long overdue cannabis law reforms forward.

    With Gallup polling now indicating the long awaited the fifty percent mark in public support for full cannabis legalization having been crossed, the long-sought public effort to end Cannabis Prohibition is more politically viable than at any previous time, in any of our lifetimes.

    With no major endowment, billionaire supporters or sufficiently large enough membership base (NORML is not the NRA, AARP or Girl Scouts) to provide the necessary funding to run nationwide ad campaigns, commit a legion of lobbyists in Washington, D.C. and the state capitals or lard incumbent political campaigns with loads of cash contributions, NORML’s central base of support is from folks like you, your like-minded friends and family.

    From folks–like me–who responsibly use and enjoy cannabis for whatever reason, and hardly see ourselves as criminals. From folks who both care about cannabis law reform as well as share some of their resources to make these important public policy changes happen as soon as possible.

    This is the essence of NORML.

    100% hemp backpack from Rick Steves and NORMLRecognizing this, a documentary producer and director independent of NORML have recently released a DVD entitled "It’s a NORML life", which was filmed over nearly three years to produce a compelling and inspired view of both the political momentum of cannabis law reform these days, but also the can-not-be-denied spirit ever-present among cannabis law reformers.

    Please make an end of the year donation to NORML or the NORML Foundation (where donations are fully tax deductible) for at least $20 and we’ll send you a copy of It’s a NORML life. Make a generous donation of $100 or more and we’ll include a 100% hemp backpack from Rick Steves and NORML!

    Gather some friends around, maybe in a circle, and inspired on a few levels (if you know what I mean), enjoy the DVD as a great motivational vehicle for 2012, a year like the previous forty one, which will be the busiest one ever for ending Cannabis Prohibition.

    Thanks again for both caring and sharing!

    Cannabem liberemus,

    Allen St. Pierre
    Executive Director
    Washington, D.C.
    director@norml.org

    28 Responses to “Cannabis, circles, cycles, caring and sharing”

    1. Joel : the other Joel says:

      I sure like to invest in a heavy duty round table with matching chairs so that friends and neighbors can share their imaginations, laughter, plans, and ideas including card games while being high while listening to music.

      Please Vote in the presidential primaries.

    2. Roberta says:

      Thank you for your work towards getting cannabis legalized. AMEN & Goddess & God Bless.

    3. Jay Ramey says:

      As a former candidate for state office, it really bothers me about all the people that will sit around and bitch and moan about the marijuana laws but will not donate $20 or $30 to a campaign or to an organization like NORML. In the meantime, these same people have no trouble spending a hundred dollars every week on a bag of weed, at the liquor store, or going out to dinner.

    4. Benton says:

      I thoroughly enjoy the social aspects of cannabis, and can’t wait for the next national NORML conference.

    5. Brandon says:

      Saying we should “ban” harmful things, like drugs, is coward peoples’ way of saying they can’t handle themselves.

    6. Brandon says:

      The world is so black and white about what we can and can’t do when there’s so many more colors (i.e. “cannabis”). Upgrade folks, let’s get pass this stupid drug possession criminalization.

    7. […] Cannabis, circles, cycles, caring and sharing There is something inherently communal about cannabis. When used in groups, unlike with alcohol and tobacco products, cannabis is shared among willing participants (and where hogging something to oneself is frowned about: "Don’t Bogart that joint!"). A smoke circle–not a square, triangle or pentagon, comes to mind. With nearly forty one years of cannabis consumer advocacy in NORML’s rearview mirror, and fast approaching a momentous presidential election cycle–which will most likely include up to four state initiatives to either medicalize or legalize cannabis–NORML’s large grassroots network again will be relied […] […]

    8. One of my buddies recently died of cancer, Cannabis was part of his treatment program. It helped him keep his appetite up. I have a relative who is fighting cancer who was in law enforcement his entire life. He use to weigh 180 lbs now 120 lbs and refuses to consider cannabis as a medecine . He lives 1 and 1/2 hrs from a miracle worker and will not go there either, I will never understand that for some people death is a better choice than admitting that you were wrong. I morn for him and my Family.

    9. Just An Observer says:

      Notice how Obama now comes out for online gambling but he’s still ripping us a new one on the medpot front? Unless he changes his tune, register as a Republican and vote for the ONE candidate who will get the Feds off our necks…Ron Paul.

      It’s time to LEGALIZE ADULTHOOD!!!

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