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NORML Lobby Day One Week Away

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director May 13, 2015

    2015 NORML Legislative Fly-In

    The NORML Legislative Fly-In in Washington, DC is one week away. Please join NORML in this call to action.*

    If you’ve not pre-registered for the May 20th cannabis lobbying training and messaging day, please do ASAP by going here. The conference schedule and speaker list are online.

    NORML activist and leadership awards, a silent auction and social on Thursday night are all on tap (so to speak…).

    Marijuana is becoming legal in our lifetimes. Please join us at the nation’s capitol and help hasten these long-needed public policy reforms by lobbying your elected policy makers.

    *There are over 40 million cannabis consumers in the United States (according to government data) and NORML knows that 99.99999% of these direct stakeholders are not going to come to Washington to lobby on cannabis law reforms next week, but, that does not mean they can’t be active on May 21st–NORML Lobby Day–contacting their federal policymakers (one congressperson and two senators)

    If you and your cannabis tolerant friends and family can’t join us in Washington, D.C. next week, please consider, for the day, being a ‘virtual lobbyist’ for cannabis law reform. To do so, please visit NORML’s Take Action Center

    Thanks in advance and hope to see you next week in Washington (where the possession and use of cannabis by adults over 21 years of age is legal).

    Allen St. Pierre
    Executive Director
    NORML / NORML Foundation

    p.s. The NORML social has separate ticket necessary for attendance @ $25/per person.

    9 Responses to “NORML Lobby Day One Week Away”

    1. TheOracle says:

      sound like good training. can’t get off of work then, have to be something that won’t get you fired.

      You see this article from Forbes that the states that have legalized have been putting a big dent in the cash flow to the cartels and organized crime BECAUSE the legal weed is cheaper than illegal weed, and it’s better quality.

      Seems to me the states in darkest green with the highest prices have the best chance of diverting cash from the cartels supplying the demand in their states, diverting it to legal enterprises that pays payroll and state and local taxes. Better yet like Colorado over a certain amount collected taxpayers get a cut in the form of a tax rebate.

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/frankbi/2015/05/12/the-most-and-least-expensive-states-to-buy-marijuana/

    2. YearofAction says:

      Have a great time in Washington DC, where the possession and use of cannabis by adults over 21 years of age is legal.

      While you are there, you can sign this petition to instruct the incoming DEA administrator to interpret the expansively worded federal definition of marijuana in a way that conforms to the Constitution by using obvious scientific criteria to distinguish marijuana from cannabis.

      http://wh.gov/iBhYU

      As well, you can contact your federal policymakers to support this new interpretation of that definition.

      This year is a great time to take action.

    3. mexweed says:

      Tell policymakers we need research establishing the distinction between the effects of Combu$tion $moking and Vaporizing, and evaluating hybrid devices such as One-hitters with which one can $moke but, properly trained in the procedure, mostly Vaporize.

    4. TheOracle says:

      An interim head of the DEA has been chosen so no Congressional confirmation is needed. I hope he is going to treat every member of the cannabis community as a mensch.

      See headline and link below:

      President Obama Selects Chuck Rosenberg to Head Beleaguered U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

      http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/2015/05/president-obama-selects-chuck-rosenberg-head-beleaguered-us-drug-enforcement-administra

    5. TheOracle says:

      The comprehensive bipartisan bill is what really needs to get passed. So is the CBD legislation the camel’s nose in the tent, done first, then the comprehensive bill passed second or a second necessary law for banking of high CBD strains that even arch-prohibitionist Orrin Hatch (R) Pennsylvania born and Utah politician is supporting?

      Headlines & links below:

      New federal bill would allow medical pot use for epilepsy

      http://www.thecannabist.co/2015/05/13/federal-medical-marijuana-bill-epilepsy-bennet-gardner/34838/

      Medical Marijuana Gains Traction in U.S. Senate

      The CBD legislation follows the introduction of a much more comprehensive bipartisan bill that would reschedule marijuana, allow banks to provide financial services to state-legal cannabis businesses, lift restrictions on marijuana research, allow for the interstate importation of CBD-rich strains and let V.A. doctors recommend medical cannabis to military veterans, among other changes.

      That bill, introduced in March by Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rand Paul (R-KY), picked up four new cosponsors on Wednesday. It now has nine senators signed on.

      http://www.marijuana.com/news/2015/05/medical-marijuana-gains-traction-in-u-s-senate

    6. Mark I. says:

      The appearance of bipartisanship for the benefit of patients and their suffering is a sham. The powerful and elite are setting themselves up to financially benefit from their connections and positions with regard to cannabis legalization. They are demonizing big tobacco already because they would shoulder out the small fry investors.

    7. Ruben Jesus Hernandez says:

      Dr. Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist at Compultense University in Madrid, Spain explains how THC kills cancer cells.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1miGzTwK28U

    8. TheOracle says:

      Where does an out-of-towner go in DC to partake of some herb? There are no BYOBud establishments. It’s not legal to do in public places, definitely not on federal property. Any so-called Day Clubs? Any adult can pay to be a member for the day and they’ll let you smoke inside?

      [Editor’s note: Washington, D.C.’s de-penalization policy does not allow for ‘cannabis clubs’ and, just like in Colorado and Washington, visitors are vexed by lawful places to consume cannabis as it can’t be used in public, clubs, parks, cars and most all hotels ban smoking any herbal product be it tobacco or cannabis.

      A viable option for many adult consumers traveling to areas of the country that have legalized cannabis is Airbnb.com (and their competitors).

      Clearly, cannabis consumers want and rightly expect to enjoy parity with alcohol consumers by having lawful places in public to imbibe responsibly with friends and family.

      Post legalization NORML chapters in states like CO, WA, OR and AK are already focusing on advocating for greater consumer access, among other public policy reforms that more closely align cannabis with alcohol.]

    9. Eric K. Johnson says:

      Cannabis and Alcohol

      Cannabis OR Alcohol

      Cannabis can not be “aligned” with Alcohol.

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