This is What Grassroots Marijuana Law Reform Looks Like; Join Us

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director January 10, 2014

    Marijuana laws are changing across the nation. They are changing because stakeholders are becoming actively involved in their own liberation by joining groups like NORML, forming NORML chapters, and making their voices heard.

    NORML has always relied on the efforts of our regional affiliates – people like you – to personally spread the NORML message to local and state lawmakers. On Saturday, members of one such regional NORML affiliate, the northern Virginia chapter of NORML, presented an articulate, persuasive, and coordinated message to their elected officials: ‘It’s time to stop arresting responsible adults who consume cannabis.’ Their efforts are commendable – and necessary.

    As we begin the 2014 state legislative session, a session that promises to be the busiest session for marijuana law reform in our history, it is vital that stakeholders play and active and participatory role in the legislative process. You can do so by joining any one of the dozens of NORML chapters nationwide or by starting your own. You can also do so by regularly logging on to norml.org/act to learn about the latest pending marijuana law reform measures pending in your state. By visiting this page, NORML will also identify your local elected officials and provide you with the tools to contact him or her in support of marijuana law reform. By visiting NORML’s facebook page, following NORML on Twitter, and/or by signing up for NORML’s newsletter, you will also receive timely e-mail alerts informing you of when legislative hearings and key votes are taking place in your state.

    Today, the mainstream media, pundits, and elected officials are all talking about marijuana policy in unprecedented numbers. They are doing so because of people like you. Make your voice heard. Make your voice count. Get active; get NORML!

    39 Responses to “This is What Grassroots Marijuana Law Reform Looks Like; Join Us”

    1. Greg Wardlaw says:

      I do not use marijuana myself. However. It is obvious and outdated that the drug is classified as a schedule 1 narcotic. No one has died from an overdose. Personally, I had rather meet a stoner driving down the road than a drunk. Stoners seem to react a little slower but they seem to drive slower to compensate. We all know it is all about money. The people making it now don’t want someone else to get it. Money is the driving force and you are kidding yourself if you think otherwise. Taxpayers deserve a break not people fighting the so called “war on drugs” and the ones selling marijuana. We need to quit putting people in jail for weed. We need the space for thieves and violent offenders. It is past time to make significant changes. If lawmakers do not want to do it, we should elect people who will.

    2. Im so sure that all cannabis users out there who would read about this post will support it! I am not a user nor against marijuana but one thing I believe in is the fact that if it would be used properly, it is more likely to do good than harm. and people can have an optimistic view about it. btw, aside from being a great post, the video is also great! it supports the entire post which helps me cut out the time reading. I have also read another post about this subject here http://www.clary-associates.com/Commercial-Litigation.html and want to share to you people what i found out here!

    3. @Editor’s Note
      I’m glad to hear from the inside. we need more in put to the intelligent comments. Now that I know someone is listening I will make sure my comments are note worthy.

      Thanks for all you have done

    4. Skoallio Voll says:

      What about Project Sam? The anti marijuana organization fighting against you? They want to make it so you cant buy marijuana in a store. You will be forced to get it off the street or risk jail for homegrowing it. They want the police to confiscate, fine and arrest anyone possessing a small amount of marijuana. Thats what the laws will be if Patrick Kennedy and Kevin Sabet gets its way. What is NORML going to do about this? ty

      [Editor’s note: Project Sam is little more than a virtual front group for anti-tobacco organizations and donors who wrongly think cannabis smoking is as harmful as tobacco. It is currently developing chapters run by drug rehab center owners.

      NORML debates representatives from Project SAM anytime, anywhere letting audiences know that Project SAM is championing an unpopular public policy that failed decades ago, is racist in its implementation, is anti-free market and counter to constitutional values held dear by citizens and corporations.

      Kevin Sabet’s entire anti-marijuana career is marked by pronounced failure as each ensuing year Americans more and more reject his advocacy of the status quo. In fact the more Kevin Sabet shows up in public advocating for the continued prohibition the more the public and elected officials support cannabis legalization.

      He must be crying in the corner after hearing President Obama reject Sabet’s advocacy for the federal government to clamp down on cannabis consumers and businesses. Instead, Obama and Co. have done the opposite with arrests coming down and allowing greater state autonomy to legalize and tax cannabis sales.

      Cannabis law reformers are at times blessed by their opposition and Kevin Sabet has been a blessing to help hasten an end to cannabis prohibition laws for almost 15 years.

      Right now in America, it sucks to be an anti-cannabis advocate like Kevin Sabet.

      Do something about him? Sabet is a highly disingenuous advocate championing a failed public policy that an ever-shrinking percentage of the population supports. The more he appears in public against pot, the more public supports cannabis legalization. More often than not Project Sam appears in the media only after NORML has referred the media to them for oppositional balance.

      Frankly, NORML wishes it could clone Kevin Sabet, he has been that beneficial for ending cannabis prohibition.]

    5. Jim Aveni says:

      I would like to help the cause in Phoenix who can i contact.

      [Editor’s note: NORML chapters in AZ.]

    6. MotherEarth'sChoiceNow says:

      Grateful to be a Norml member.
      Let’s make sure we can use Cannabis when we need it, and in the form conducive to our environments. To many stupid infraction type laws are keeping us from expressing ourselves; when you want to light up be mindful of the ones around you! Toke, Puff, and Pass that joint..
      Go Norml, Go Maryland we need our God given Medicine! Now!

    7. William lee says:

      Back in the 70’s I worked at a federal research center and during that time we found that The tox levels were much, much, lower than the toxic levels of salt, alcohol, nicotine, it , is also lower than the levels of meth, codeine, hydrocodone, have a much, much lower tox level than pot. Later as an E.R. Nurse we would see violent acts caused by alcohol, meth, hydrocodone, and amphetamines. I have never seen a high speed mva’s caused by pot. Now drugs like alcohol, and meth we would see many cases every week and often on a nightly basis. I have never seen anyone overdose on marijuana, though I have seen numerous O.D.’s on meth, alcohol, Demerol, hydrocodone, talwin, OxyContin, codeine, Nicotine I have even seen people O.D. On water. Yet you see people going to jail over pot. I have never seen anyone using pot that were violent, abusive, nor have I ever seen anyone who went on to hard drugs just because of pot.

    8. Mark I says:

      People should be judged by impartial peers, not eletist legislators building a leadership class through threats and coercion.

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