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Reddit Cannabis Community R/Trees Celebrates 420,000 Members With NORML Fundraiser

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director March 8, 2013

    One of the internet’s largest cannabis communities, R/Trees, is closing in on 420,000 members. To celebrate, they graciously offered to run a fundraiser to benefit National NORML’s work towards legalizing marijuana across the United States.

    You can purchase one of their special edition shirts by clicking here. Proceeds go to benefit National NORML.

    At 2pm EST R/Trees will also be hosting an online Q&A with NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri. Click here to tune in and submit your own questions on marijuana law reform!

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    NORML would like to extend our utmost gratitude to all the good “Ents” over at R/Trees for putting this effort together. Be sure to check out their online community here.

    20 Responses to “Reddit Cannabis Community R/Trees Celebrates 420,000 Members With NORML Fundraiser”

    1. Question: So when will Indiana make it legal for me to grow my own, Medical Grade Marijuana?

    2. bobby brown says:

      NEVER, Indiana loves god and guns and conservative hogwash……move to a better state….(speaking from experience….currently in Indiana) lol

    3. Gweedo says:

      Dude… this is awesome. I too am a proud Ent and member of /r/trees. While shit over there can get a bit juvenile, I am very glad to see that they are throwing some of their power (and sheer size in number) towards NORML. Thousands of cannabis consumers, most of which are capable of using pretty decent grammar. Can’t hurt.

    4. Growly Didge says:

      Maybe I’m high but I don’t understand the shirt

    5. enokone says:

      *most of whom

    6. Old Hippie says:

      Nugs and hugs for NORML!

    7. Gweedo says:

      @Growly Didge, as for the t-shirt, the /r/trees community refers to cannabis as “trees,” as they are both green, and they also sometimes refer to it as “pineapples” due to the similar shape of the top of a cannabis leaf and the top leafy part of a pineapple. That’s why there’s a tree and a pineapple on the shirt.

      @enokone Thank you, grammar is important. I should have known better, but I was extremely tired when I wrote that.

    8. GSC says:

      @Gweedo Saying r/trees is “a bit” juvenile is a massive understatement. It’s basically post after post about “420 hur hur I’m sooo stoned hur hur munchies hur hur.” That is the full extent of r/trees’ knowledge of cannabis. It’s a joke.

    9. Troubadour says:

      @GSC

      While I agree with you, their humor is juvenile, I still think it’s important to respect their support and their contributions to the cause. They represent our younger demographic, and we need to value them. For the sake of the future votes they will contribute and for their (hopefully) continues monetary support.

    10. Nathaniel says:

      Wouldn’t consolidation of all of us strengthen our position? Is there somewhere all of us can begin to congregate? Be it here, Reddit, or the ASA website?
      The issue with the internet is everyone is everywhere, whenever they want to be. In order to move forward on this front we need all interested parties to be seated in on arena.
      Additionally, how many of you are at local meetings trying to assist those in your area to push this agenda forward? Get involved, get excited, and stay positive: We are on the cusp of ending mary-jane prohibition.

    11. Nathaniel says:

      Keeping informed helps us all.

    12. Nathaniel says:

      A friend was right. That site is useless. It is just another breeding ground for potheads. It is not meant for those who actually give two shits about altering the paradigm we live in. WTF was the NORML site thinking by promoting that site?
      The bulk of the posts on that site revolve around “I got high while taking my girlfriend to dinner and…”. NORML do us all a favor and please don’t promote outlets that suggest we are one and the same.
      Public perception makes the connection between those of us who are interested in changing US policy and the average stoner. We are not one in the same and furthermore idk that we even have the same goals.

    13. GSC says:

      @Troubadour

      Well, sure, if they want to contribute votes and/or monetary support, then by all means they should be allowed to do that. The more the merrier, in that regard. But as far as representing reform in any capacity other than that, well, I don’t think that’s a great idea. Frankly, scrolling through that sub-reddit is quite embarrassing. That community is certainly not what we should be pointing to as an example of what we are trying to achieve.

    14. Galileo Galilei says:

      I never heard of r/trees and don’t know how juvenile they are or are not, but it does bring to mind my pleasant surprise when I first began visiting the NORML website. I found the website to intelligent, serious and very well done.

      Even most of the public comments seem a cut above the vile, obnoxious stuff that pervades a lot of Internet communities.

      Kudos to all of you and especially NORML.

    15. chris says:

      dont stop at making marijuana the only legal drug lets make em all legal mother fuckers woo

    16. common_sense says:

      We must not lose focus on people like the mayor of New York. He was on Letterman last night. He likes to use phrases like “drug dealers and substance abusers should not own guns.” He is implying that those people are dangerous. But he never mentions alcoholics should not own guns. But yet he wants to prohibit large sodas. hahahahaha these type of pro-being drunk around children, anti-marijuana smokers are the reason our country is is in chaos.

    17. Stone Mountain says:

      @Nathaniel
      “WTF was the NORML site thinking by promoting that site?”

      Indeed, I don’t know, I suppose they think any support is good support, like the saying even bad press is better then no press? In this case I don’t think it applies. I share your concerns. Also as to the place of congregation, I’ve chosen here for now.

      [Editor's note: You guys are right...let's have the head of the Democrats in the Congress OPPOSE cannabis law reform. That would be better, right? That will hasten reforms, right?

      Consider checking your political partisanship at the door as it is clearly fogging your minds, or, consider not popping off and looking so politically immature and shallow.]

    18. Stone Mountain says:

      You should consider the same there Editor.

      Would you care to cite where I was popping off politically in this thread Editor?

      But since you mentioned political immaturely, that’s exactly what I was driving at, it’s not politically mature to associate yourselves with folks that tend to promote an imagine opposite of that which you desire. Is it politically mature to instantly get all gitty because Nancy Pelosi makes a random statement? It’s news, and welcome at that but you can start lecturing me on political maturity when she starts herding her caucus to support pending legislation on the matter, or green-lighting her members to start talking up support for it with media outlets.

      [Editor's note: >you can start lecturing me on political maturity when she starts herding her caucus to support pending legislation on the matter, or green-lighting her members to start talking up support for it with media outlets.>

      Problem for you here is, you don't know what you don't know....

      Suffice of to say that anti-prohibitionists attacking politicians who support cannabis law reform looks bizarre to ungrateful...if not politically immature. The reason why former Speaker Pelosi endorses legalization is because the political conversation to reform cannabis laws in America has moved from an immature to mature one. Reformers should comport themselves in the same manner, preferring the proverbial high road to petty political insults or questioning one's motives.]

    19. GSC says:

      @Editor

      Pardon my ignorance, but what does a bunch of kiddies on r/trees posting about 420 and munchies have to do with Congress and/or political partisanship? The comments I (and others) posted here were simply questioning whether that community is a proper representative of reform and the changes we seek to make. If asked to point to an example of responsible, mature discussion on the current state of cannabis laws, can you honestly say that you would recommend r/trees? The most popular post at the moment is about a kid who got high and ate dog treats after he mistook them for chocolate. It’s post after post of the same type of thing.

      To be fair, the majority of r/trees are kids, and most of us probably acted like that to some degree in our younger days of experimentation. Mature, responsible adults didn’t take us seriously, though, just like these kids shouldn’t be. We certainly shouldn’t be promoting that community in any way, shape or form. Like I said, they can vote all they want and contribute money to their hearts are content. It’s embarrassing for them to have a “voice” or be involved in any other capacity, though.

      [Editor's note: Are you over 21 years old? If so, you're largely not supposed to get youth subculture...because it is not for you. Reddit is a HUGE online community, a youthful community to be sure, but a national organization that is forty-three years old like NORML, that wants to keep growing, needs to be responsive and respectful of diverse viewpoints and subcultures (even the ones that the staff and board are no longer part of, or never were from), notably from the next generation of voters and stakeholders in reforming cannabis laws.]

    20. skyehigh says:

      leave me a reply . I think the smoke trapper ought to be law; it’s this thing I invented that is a filter for the burning end of any smokeable. It is cotton and cornstarch.Anything can be smoked almost anywhere. All health will be taken care of. I mean at home wreath yourself in the smoke of your choice, but outthere get high respectfully or tobacco respectfully or whatever.

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