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Global Marijuana March

  • by Matthew Maulding, Executive Director, NORML of Catawba Valley May 14, 2018

    North Carolina NORML along with several other pro-cannabis organizations recently organized the Tar Heel State’s largest pro-cannabis march in recent memory. There were people from across the state, and even some long time residents that had to move to a state that allows them to medicate the way they want, despite having a majority of their families here.

    On April 20th, we saw the biggest push for reform at a federal level ever by North Carolinians. North Carolina NORML along with veterans, people with disabilities, and folks from all walks of life were able to come together and march in solidarity with one another.

    The cannabis movement has been stagnant in North Carolina, at best. There is a great divide in supporters who are ready for any small step, even if that means giving up their right to grow their own or even to medicate with “flower” or bud. Other supporters within the state have a sense that if they settle for “extract only” laws or laws that restrict growing rights, that they will not be able to get those rights added in later.

    To see fractions of the movement come together for this event is enormously satisfying. Under new leadership, North Carolina NORML has began turning up the heat and focused on getting people involved. We understand that people need to be constantly involved otherwise they get bored and move on. We need to make sure everyone is engaged, and informed , and that is what we have done, and will continue to do.

    In addition to the 4/20 march which focused on an end to marijuana prohibition federally, we also took part in the Global Marijuana March on May 5th and have held monthly public meetings across the state to increase visibility and to give people an opportunity to start their own chapter. To continue the fight, North Carolina NORML is hosting its first Lobby Day next Tuesday, May 22, 2018, where members will be focused on inviting supporters of marijuana law reform efforts to educate lawmakers (RSVP HERE).

    If you are a North Carolina voter, look forward to a voter guide on NC NORML’s website to help you choose candidates in the general election who favor (or not) and will sponsor bills if elected. Incumbents also have a chance to show supporters’ what they have sponsored or co-sponsored in the past. Reform is coming for North Carolina, and we refuse to be the last state to do so.

    For more info, please call 828-455-8203 or email commdirector@ncnorml.org. You can also follow North Carolina NORML on FaceBook and Twitter!

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director April 24, 2010

    NORML hails the passage of another milestone for the Global Marijuana March with Georgetown, Guyana and Ryebrook, NY, as the 299th and 300th cities convening a march, rally, forum or benefit for the reform of cannabis laws on the weekends of Saturday May 1st and May 8th. NORML and numerous other reform groups called for more cities this year to participate so that organizers could meet and surpass their stated goal of more than 200 cities.2009glassglobe1-810x1024

    Worldwide action is necessary for any outright legalization, since cannabis is largely prohibited globally by a United Nations treaty known as the Single Convention, enacted in 1962 through the efforts of top anti-cannabis zealot Harry Anslinger, the original instigator of U.S. cannabis prohibition in 1937. The U.S. Justice Dept. has cited the UN treaty as one of its principle arguments against medical cannabis rhetorically and Supreme Court cases.

    Local NORML chapters are responsible for almost 40 of the protests in the U.S., New Zealand NORML is doing several cities; Norway “NORMAL” is not only marching in Oslo– they’re doing an international website at www.globalmarijuanamarch.com.

    NORML welcomes the participation of pro-reform advocates of all stripes. Of course, we’d like you to join NORML, but this is an ecumenical effort to legalize cannabis once and for all. The important thing is to get more cities to participate before next weekend.

    There’s still a few more days to call 212-677-7180 or email cnw@cures-not-wars.org to get your city on www.worldwidemarijuanamarch.org.

    The Global Marijuana March has events planned in almost every time zone on six continents, including most of the capitols of Europe and South America. Many cities are already signing up for May 7, 2011.

    NORML congratulates Cures-not-Wars and worldwide participants for organizing no less than a global march in favor of ending the expensive and failed prohibition of cannabis for responsible adult use. Contact your local and regional media outlets to make sure they cover this global day of protest as a major media event because this many citizens, in over 300 cities worldwide protesting their own governments is by definition a major media event.

    Call 212-677-7180 or check the city-by-city listing to get specific information about your region’s march and/or to get your city on www.worldwidemarijuanamarch.org.

    Is your city on this huge list?

    Abbotsford
    Aberdeen
    Albany
    Albuquerque
    Alicante
    Alva
    Amherst
    Amsterdam
    Anchorage
    Ann Arbor

    Arcadia
    Athens
    Atlanta
    Auckland
    Aurillac
    Austin
    Bakersfield
    Bangor University
    Barcelona
    Basel
    Belfast
    Bellingham
    Belmar
    Belo Horizonte
    Benton Harbor
    Berlin
    Bermuda
    Berne
    Bilbao
    Binghamton

    Birmingham
    Birmingham
    Boise
    Boston
    Boulder
    Bozeman
    Braga
    Brasilia
    Bridgeton
    Brighton

    Bristol
    Brussels
    Budapest
    Buenos Aires
    Buffalo
    Bullhead City
    Burlington
    Cadiz
    Calgary
    Cali

    Canfield
    Cardiff
    Cebu City
    Champaign-Urbana
    Charleston
    Charlotte
    Charlottesville
    Chelyabinsk
    Chicago
    Chico

    Chisinau
    Christchurch
    Cincinnati
    Clemson
    Cleveland
    Coimbra
    Colorado Springs
    Columbia
    Columbia Falls
    Columbus

    Comodoro Rivadavia
    Concord
    Constanta
    Copenhagen
    Cordoba
    Cork
    Corpus Christi
    Corvallis
    Dallas
    Denver

    Des Moines
    Detroit
    Dinuba
    Dnepropetrovsk
    Dover
    Duluth
    Dunedin
    Durban
    Edmonton
    Elkins

    Enid
    Eugene
    Fayetteville
    Flagstaff
    Flint
    Florianopolis
    Fontana
    Frankfurt
    Fresno
    Ft. Bragg

    Ft. Collins
    Ft. Erie
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Ft. Meyers
    Gainesville
    Garberville
    Georgetown
    Glasgow
    Grand Junction
    Grand Rapids

    Great Falls
    Green Bay
    Greenville
    Hachita
    Halifax
    Hamilton
    Hammond
    Hartford
    Helena
    Helsinki

    Hilo
    Holland
    Homer
    Independence
    Indianapolis
    Istanbul
    Jacksonville
    Jakarta
    Jerusalem
    João Pessoa

    Johannesburg
    Kalamazoo
    Kamianets-Podilskyi
    Kansas City
    Katmandu
    Kiev
    Kokomo
    Lake Isabella
    La Laguna
    Lansing

    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
    Las Vegas
    Lawton
    Leek
    Lefkosia-Nicosia
    Leicester
    Lethbridge
    Lexington
    Lima
    Lincoln

    Lisboa
    Little Rock
    London
    Longview
    Los Angeles
    Lyon
    Madison
    Madrid
    Manchester
    Manila

    Mar del Plata
    McAllen
    Medford
    Medicine Hat
    Memphis
    Mérida
    Mexico City
    Miami
    Miamitown
    Milwaukee

    Minneapolis
    Missoula
    Montevideo
    Monterey
    Montreal
    Montrose
    Moscow
    Nashville
    Nelson
    Netanya

    Newark
    New Brunswick
    New Orleans
    New York
    Nimbin
    Nottingham
    Odessa
    Ogden
    Oklahoma City
    Olympia

    Omaha
    Orange
    Orlando
    Osaka
    Oslo
    Ottawa
    Paducah
    Paia
    Palm Springs
    Paris

    Parker
    Penticton
    Peoria
    Philadelphia
    Phoenix
    Pineville
    Pittsburg
    Pittsburgh
    Portland
    Portland

    Porto
    Porto Alegre
    Port of Spain
    Potsdam
    Prague
    Pretoria
    Prince George
    Pueblo
    Quincy
    Raleigh

    Red Deer
    Redding
    Regina
    Rice Lake
    Richmond
    Riverside
    Rome
    Rosario
    Rostock
    Ryebrook

    Sacramento
    Salem
    Salt Lake City
    Salvador
    San Diego
    San Francisco
    San Juan
    Santa Barbara
    Sao Paulo
    Sapporo

    Sarasota
    Sarnia
    Saskatoon
    Savannah
    Seattle
    Sevilla
    Simferopol
    Sofia
    South Bend
    Southhampton

    Spokane
    Spokane Valley
    Springfield
    Stavanger
    Steamboat Springs
    St. Louis
    St. Petersburg
    Stuttgart
    Susanville
    Tacoma

    Tampa
    Tampere
    Taos
    Ternopil
    Thessaloniki
    Thunder Bay
    Tokyo
    Toledo
    Topeka
    Toronto

    Traverse City
    Tucson
    Tulsa
    Turku
    Ukiah
    Uniontown
    Ushuaia
    Valencia
    Vancouver
    Vero Beach

    Vienna
    Vigo
    Vilnius
    Virginia Beach
    Visalia
    Vitoria-Gasteiz
    Waco
    Warsaw
    Warwick
    Washington, D.C.

    Wellington
    West Kelowna
    Whitehall
    Wichita
    Wilmington
    Wilmington
    Woodstock
    Worland
    Yakima
    Zaragoza

    NORML Advisory Board Member Rick Steves addresses over 100,000 at Seattle Hempfest

    Call 212-677-7180 or email cnw@cures-not-wars.org to get your city on www.worldwidemarijuanamarch.org.