NORML, Slightly Stoopid and Cypress Hill: Bring Attention to California’s Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana for November Ballot

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director August 9, 2010

    Video Contest: NORML Teams With Slightly Stoopid & Cypress Hill For Internet Contest In Support of Proposition 19

    August 9th, 2010 New York, NY – The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), a Washington DC-based marijuana advocacy group, has partnered with jam-based dub rock heavyweights Slightly Stoopid and hip-hop juggernauts Cypress Hill on the Legalize It 2010 tour for a YouTube based video contest to raise awareness for California’s Prop 19, the initiative to regulate and tax marijuana. The initiative will be on the California ballot November 2nd, 2010 and its passage would be a historic step forward in the fight to end marijuana prohibition and legalize marijuana nationwide.

    NORML, Slightly Stoopid, and Cypress Hill invite US residents to create 30-60 second videos of themselves answering the question, “What could California do with the revenue generated from taxing marijuana?” Participants are to upload their entries to YouTube with the tag “YesOnProp19.” Members of both bands and representatives from NORML will personally pick one grand prize winner and two runner-ups from a selection of the most viewed, rated, and commented upon videos.

    Prizes include a personal phone call from B-Real, a limited edition Slightly Stoopid vaporizer, a framed autographed tour poster, a free one-year membership to NORML, plus more. Winners’ videos will be shared on all the partners’ social network profiles. For official contest rules visit here.

    Proposition 19, the Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, will give local governments the ability to tax the sale of up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes to adults age 21 and older. According to the Board of Equalization (BOE), California’s tax regulator, controlling and taxing marijuana in California could generate $1.4 billion in much needed revenue each year. These funds could go towards jobs, public safety, health care, parks, transportation, education and more.

    According to research conducted by the California chapter of NORML, the sale of marijuana could save over $200 million in law enforcement costs, generate $12-18 billion annually from spin-off industries (similar to the CA wine industry) and create between 60,000 and 110,000 new jobs, generating $2.5 -3.5 billion in wages for workers each year. NORML also reports numerous public safety benefits such as putting drug cartels out of business and refocusing police efforts on violent crime. Says Miles from Slightly Stoopid, “I think the whole negative outlook [on pot] is silly. You can go to the store and buy as much booze as you want, and it gets taxed. I think that’s way worse than marijuana. If they passed that bill and taxed (marijuana), it would generate a lot of money for the state and help cut into the deficit faced by the state of California. If I was a politician or a judge running California, I would have passed this a long, long time ago.”

    Slightly Stoopid and Cypress Hill, along with Collie Buddz are currently on a nationwide 22 date tour called Legalize It 2010. Local NORML chapters have booths set up at stops along the tour, where interested parties can learn more about their mission, the contest and how to get involved in marijuana law reform.


    NORML, also known as the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is a Washington DC based non-profit founded in 1970, serves as the oldest and largest marijuana law reform organization in the US. With 135 state and local chapters and a legal committee consisting of over 500 lawyers, the organization has a large, volunteer-based grassroots network supporting victims and activists nationwide. NORML advocates for the right of adults to consume marijuana responsibly, both for medical and recreational purposes and supports the elimination of all penalties associated with its possession or use. NORML also supports establishing a legally regulated market where consumers can buy marijuana in a safe and secure environment. NORML’s sister organization, the NORML Foundation is a not for profit 501(c)3 foundation established in 1997 to better educate the public about marijuana and marijuana policy options, and to assist victims of the current laws. NORML holds an annual national conference and two annual CLE-accredited legal seminars.

    27 responses to “NORML, Slightly Stoopid and Cypress Hill: Bring Attention to California’s Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana for November Ballot”

    1. […] August 9th, 2010 New York, NY – The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), a Washington DC-based marijuana advocacy group, has partnered with jam-based dub rock heavyweights Slightly Stoopid and hip-hop juggernauts Cypress Hill on […] Cannabis Copilot News – Local Medical Marijuana News For The International Medical Marijuana C… […]

    2. intheshed says:

      myy..gggod…they just dont have a clue just how many people drive after consuming a small quanity of herb. i personally find a better focus and im more attentive about speed limits…i dont need to huff a bunch of it…seems like a waist unless your on vaction in the mountians hangin around the shanty..i absolutly will NOT drink knowing i got to drive.screw that. you know, it just may help if more people could speak up for herb… i speak of it freely at work..their are many who will not for fear.if more people knew how many people responsibly use cannabis and, work beside them, travel hundreds of miles on our highways..(heh) beside the folks with a reasonable buzz and were just as safe as the church folk in the far right……they cant know that maybe their neighbor is a consumer and may be the greatest neighbor a neighbor could have.WE GOT TO BE HONEST WITH PEOPLE DAMMIT, if we dont stand up an be counted their may never be any civil rest…i dont feel bad anymore about anyone knowin how i feel bout cannabis.i feel safer consuming the remedy rather then sloppy ole alcohol…shit will destroy your life. i try to be a good example of someone who trys to do the right things in life an be good to people and still go home an git a couple belts off the pipe and be enhanced rather then stupid wobbly drinker dude….those of you who fear…stand the fuck up…your making a responsible decision by huffin rather then guzzlin. be honest to those who dont understand…its how we will get the right votes so it will become legal an i can finally, along with bunches of others, get on with governing my own life….peace to you all……..

      [Russ responds: Know this – you are NOT a better driver stoned than when you are sober. There are plenty of reliable studies showing reduced motor coordination, perception problems, and memory deficits when you are actively high.

      The question is, how dangerous is that? We accept elderly drivers, teenage drivers, drivers with small amounts of alcohol in their system, people using prescriptions driving*, and my wife driving (*rimshot*). How dangerous are the pot drivers in comparison?

      We tolerate bars with parking lots. A place for people to park their cars while they use a substance that impairs their ability to drive. We educate them about drunk driving and encourage having a designated driver, but plenty of people are leaving a bar or restaurant after a glass of wine or a beer or two and driving their cars out of that parking lot.

      If we accept that, I’m not too concerned about the pot smoking driver. Let me know when the bars have mandatory valet service that only releases your keys to you when you pass a breathalyzer.

      * “Don’t drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Marinol will affect you”… after that, go ahead and drive? That’s a standard warning on many debilitating pharmaceuticals, not just 100% potent synthetic THC pills.]

    3. intheshed says:

      ha ha…i meant that for the leading story….bzzzzz….

    4. Darrell Kilgore says:

      If I were to enter this contest,I would suggest California use 1% of the tax to fund “friendly” politicians in anti-cannabis states. Just a thought.

    5. VOTE-Yes-on-PROP19 says:

      Good job ALLEN!!! This is the kind of Press that will make a difference. Keep up the great work. Great IDEA!!!

    6. The Oracle says:

      This is a great idea!

      In the info-blurb about NORML at the end I couldn’t tell which seminars people got credit for and which not at the convention. That is if that was when the courses were. It’s great lawyers and LEO’s can get continuing education credit and credits that count toward a possible pay rise if on a gov’t salary schedule. (District attorneys encouraged to go pro-legalization!)

      I looked at how to form a NORML chapter but problem is you don’t know who to ask to be the members of NORML to sit on the exec committee because many people aren’t up to the task and others aren’t exactly jumping out and shouting here I am. Are there any outreach programs where someone authorized from national to have a list of all members in the area sponsors a weekend seminar for members to show up, smoke free I suppose since it might also attract law enforcement spies? In the closet tokers would NOT have to admit anything to avoid losing their license (to practice law) or drivers license and stuff along those lines.

      This might speed up the grassroots momentum toward legalization, and the nation needs the revenue now more than ever before. Proof is in the news daily.

      I don’t like to give in this way, but those who want to keep all or at least some of the tax cuts for the rich (I guess that’s mostly R’s) should start negotiating that now in exchange for a piece of the pie their way. Arianna pointed out the signs America could become a 3rd world nation.

      [Russ responds: If you would like to form a NORML Chapter, email me at chapters at norml dot org. But you’re right, it’s hard to find five people willing to put their names on a public document saying they’re pro-marijuana.]

    7. A call to action says:

      Most of the visitors to this site probably have an opinion about marijuana legalization. What they MIGHT not have done is register so that they can vote in November. Let’s take every opportunity to spread this recommendation to take a constructive ACTION:

      Californians: register to vote at
      https://www.sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fedform/ Just fill out the form and mail it in!

      Other states: Google your state name and “voter registration” to find out how to register!

      If you have access to a college newspaper (letter to the editor, for example), that would be a great place to post this link.

      Just sayin.

    8. Mike says:

      NORML are you kidding me? Slightly Stoopid? Cypress Hill? You make the cannabis community look just as dumbed-down as “HIGH TIMES” makes the growing community seem.

      [Russ responds: Cypress Hill and Slightly Stoopid have donated more to NORML and to ending marijuana prohibition in general than you have, sir, I guarantee it.

      The crucial need in passing Prop 19 this November is the youth vote. Slightly Stoopid has been working with NORML to have our local chapters get a free table spot and concert tickets to both raise money for the chapter and educate the concert-goers, most of whom are that 18-29 age group we so desperately need to turn out at the polls.

      Hip-Hop and dub-rock may not be your thing, I get that. Let me know when you can find us some jazz groups to allow NORML tabling at their concerts (it’s not like they don’t smoke some weed…) and donate to NORML money, time, merchandise, and music to help us in our mission.]

    9. mtlasagna says:

      russ says: “Know this – you are NOT a better driver stoned than when you are sober. There are plenty of reliable studies showing reduced motor coordination, perception problems, and memory deficits when you are actively high.”

      i know what you mean but stoned vs sober is not an especially accurate divide, especially for those of us who have been toking since the sixties.

      experienced tokers over 40 everywhere know what im talking about. we do everything better stoned. (is that a smirk?)

      have i driven better on broadway and 42nd manhattan stoned outta my friggin gourd. of course, the stone is the fun part. la too.

      yes im the old f@rt who has never been in an accident or gotten a speeding ticket. (knock wood) tap tap yes i drive plenty

      the way it works is very simple: go with the flo and keep on truckin

      sorry russ but you need to rethink your position. start wearing your pop’s love beads for one.

      [Russ responds: I am an experienced toker over the age of forty. You may be a fantastic driver. But double-blind, peer-reviewed, placebo-controlled research says that your reflexes, reaction times, judgment, and memory are worse – even for you – when you are stoned vs. when you are sober.

      That said, the important point here is how much worse and is that level of “worse” any danger to me? That’s what I think you’re getting at, which is something I think many experienced tokers over forty feel, and that is that you’re a good enough driver stoned, certainly no worse a driver than a teenage boy, an elderly grandma, or a driver after two beers at the ball game.

      This leads to a fascinating discussion of absolute vs. relative impairment. Should we judge highway safety based on an absolute standard (you perform better than an objective standard and it doesn’t matter whether you can achieve that sober, stoned, or drunk) or a relative standard (you must perform to the best of your possible ability).

      If we really cared about safety, we’d grade driving on the absolute standard, like a fixed letter grade in school. An “A” is a 90% or better, period. If you worked three months on the essay or you crammed it the night before, if it’s an “A”, it’s an “A”. Some people are smart and creative, some are slow and dull, and they all have to get a 90 or better on their essay to get an “A”. We’ll pass everyone who gets a 70 – a “C” – or better.

      But instead we grade our road safety on the curve. If a forgetful 4’9″ grandma who can barely see over the wheel merges into freeway traffic at 20 MPH, but she’s sober, we give her an “A” because she’s driving to the best of her abilities. If you drive perfectly, but are caught with a lit joint, we give you an “F” and lock you up, because you are allegedly impaired compared to the best of your abilities, even though stoned you’re still a better driver than granny.

      What I’m saying is that you may be an “A” driver stoned, but you’d be an “A+” driver sober. What you’re saying is driving stoned is no big deal, because you keep getting “A’s”.]