Ending Marijuana Prohibition Starts With You

  • by Sabrina Fendrick July 13, 2011

    NORML provides a voice in the public policy debate for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and favor an end to the practice of arresting marijuana smokers. A nonprofit public-interest advocacy group, NORML represents the interests of the tens of millions of American adults who smoke marijuana responsibly.

    As the cannabis consumers lobby, we lobby state and federal legislators to pass marijuana friendly bills, support and help qualify voter initiatives for the ballot, coordinate educational campaigns — such as the NORML Daily Podcast, NORML TV, and our op/ed writing campaign — to move public opinion forward, and provide legal advice and assistance to the victims of prohibition.

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    The past few years have been some of the most productive in NORML’s history.

    Since 2010 New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Arizona, and Delaware have joined the ranks of locales offering medical marijuana protections to patients, five state legislatures have considered measures to tax and regulate cannabis for adult non-medical consumers, and Connecticut and California have decriminalized personal possession.

    In just the last month NORML, along with a bi-partisan coalition and other reform groups, convinced Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) to introduce HR 2306: the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 in the US House of Representatives.

    NORML has been leading direct action efforts nationwide to generate thousands of emails and letters to elected officials in support of this proposal. With committee chairmen Rep. Lamar Smith and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) stonewalling consideration of the measure at the committee level, we orchestrated call-in campaigns, and a petition signing initiative that gave thousands of cannabis consumers across the country a platform to voice their frustrations with prohibition. In the coming months NORML intends to keep the pressure on our federal elected officials and relentlessly advocate for HR 2306.

    The 2012 election cycle is also shaping up to be one to watch for cannabis reform advocates. States such as Oregon, Washington, California, Colorado, and Massachusetts are all considering legalization ballot initiatives and NORML will be playing a key role in these efforts.

    As always, NORML is working to represent your voice in the national debate for marijuana legalization. Countless news updates are delivered daily through NORML’s online outlets such as the NORML blog, Facebook, twitter, and youtube. NORML’s website is the hub for all things related to marijuana laws, policies and activism.

    All of this is made possible because hard working Americans have made small contributions to NORML. NORML does not have a billionaire backer. The organization is entirely reliant on grassroots support to stay up, running and fighting for marijuana law reform. If you appreciate the work we do, please consider visiting www.norml.org and making a donation to our organization.

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    44 responses to “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Starts With You”

    1. tina says:

      so how do you know if your signature went through? I’ve tried signing multiple times and it has given me no indication it wen through or not

    2. joad says:

      i give and give and give and what do i get? I haven’t even received my NORML stash jar yet. But i guess I’ll keep giving. What choice do i have – to give up –
      not bloody likely.

      [Editor’s note: Dozens of jars ship daily from NORML HQ…yours should arrive shortly!]

    3. There is no doubt that NORML has done more than anybody to reform Marijuana laws . Not all of us can donate because of circumstances beyond our control . Some of us may be handicapped or impaired or stuck with a minimum paying job which barely can pay the rent but we are still behind you 101% and the best we can do is wish you all the best .

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    5. John says:

      Its a very sad day in your country if We The People have to throw money around to get what we want instead of vote.. What happened?

    6. budman says:

      i am unemployed and broke, and was wandering what i could do to help since i just don’t have the cash to make a donation

      [Editor’s note: Get involved with your local NORML chapter!]

    7. Bob says:

      Nebraska is working on legalizing marijuana also!!!! dont forget us!!!

    8. Little Gypsy says:

      I like NORML. If and when I get another job I promise to donate. Everybody who opposes marijuana prohibition should attempt to donate to help change the laws. You know vested interests that demonize marijuana are donating to their politicians. Evil triumphs when good people stand by and do nothing.

    9. Well when the Govt defaults then we can start defunding the
      Wastful dea