The Marijuana Revolution Continues

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director November 9, 2016

    Election Day dealt another body blow to our nation’s costly, failed, and discriminatory policy of marijuana prohibition. If anyone thought our victories in 2012 and 2014 were a passing fad, it is now clear that they were mistaken. With adult use measures being approved in four states (CA, MA, ME, NV) and medical marijuana initiatives passing in another four (AR, FL, MT, ND), the era of marijuana legalization is upon us. By standing together and fighting for our shared beliefs, we spread the seeds of the cannabis revolution far and wide.

    But now is not the time to become complacent. As we celebrate our recent successes, we must remind ourselves that legalization is not inevitable. It is dependent upon maintaining the fight. Our opponents are not going away. They remain well funded and ready for battle. So should we.



    From day one, NORML’s mission has been to shape public and political opinion so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer criminalized and stigmatized. NORML does so by standing up for the rights of the responsible cannabis consumer, and by presenting credible, evidence-based information about marijuana and marijuana policy reform to the general public, the mainstream media, pundits, and policymakers. And I firmly believe that nobody does it better.

    That is why I’m honored to be named NORML’s new Executive Director.

    I’m no stranger to this cause or to NORML itself. From 2007 to 2015 I served as NORML’s Communications Director, PAC Manager, and chief lobbyist. Following a brief sabbatical, during which I fought to decrease the influence of big money in our political system, I am honored and excited to return to lead NORML during one of the most exciting and critical times in the group’s forty year history.

    I urge you to stand with me, NORML’s staff, and with our nationwide network of chapters. We must capitalize on our newly minted successes and seize upon our growing public support. No one person or organization can win this fight alone. We must come together as advocates in a unified force so that we can make our desired policy reforms a reality.

    Even with these victories, most Americans are still living under the specter of marijuana prohibition. Obviously, there is much more work that needs to be done. We need your help to finish the job.

    NORML only exists and succeeds because of the support of passionate and dedicated individuals like you. With you standing shoulder to shoulder with us, we will continue to take our fight to city councils, state legislatures, and to Congress. Together, we are unstoppable. Together, we WILL legalize marijuana nationwide.

    The revolution continues,

    Erik Altieri
    NORML Executive Director



    115 responses to “The Marijuana Revolution Continues”

    1. phrtao says:

      The big Question is will the Republican regime interfere with the will of the states. I just keep thinking of that Chris Christie and the threats he made towards all cannabis users. He and others like him are still very much prominent figures.

      Whoever gets the responsibility may not be very sympathetic to what now seems so necessary – re-scheduling. I think there will be so many campaign promises broken that things will be in utter chaos in no time at all. So at the very least it is an issue that may well be ignored.

    2. chuck says:

      A big hurrah to all the states that legalized this election. Medical marijuana at least should be legal in all 50 states.There is no sane reason why it shouldn’t. I used to live in Colorado and went through a severe alcohol withdrawal there in April 2015 and I credit marijuana with keeping me off the booze and not relapsing, it would have killed me. I live in North Carolina now and I am glad to see the rising tide of legalization but it will probably be awhile for this state. Personally I would like to remain alcohol and drug free but I fully support full national legalization. The war on drugs has been a dismal,stupid and costly failure and an infringement on our rights of life,liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    3. Gene says:

      Let’s hope Trump doesn’t Chris Christie the next Attorney General. That guy is a hypocritical nightmare. Who wants to be a dictator. He doesn’t seem to believe in the will of the people. We need to close the BRIDGE on him

      • Julian says:

        Apparently, despite whatever favors Christi gave Trump in tax breaks for casinos, Christi once had Trump’s son-in-law arrested. In classic mafioso style vendettas cone first and Christi and everyone supporting him are systemstically being purged from the Trump administration. While this intrauterine cannibalism, like unborn baby sharks, may be encouraging in the fall of Christi, there are plenty of sharks teeth waiting to replace the broken ones.

    4. Mark Mitcham says:

      Thank you for stepping up and taking the lead on this important cause. You are right, there is much work left to be done. Many of us are celebrating; but as we do, let us acknowledge those of us who are still in prison, or had their children confiscated like so much property forfeiture, or who are still living with the everyday threat of imprisonment and violence.

      Looking ahead, the view is troubling. Who does Trump (and Pence) think would make a good Attorney General? This should worry us all. As we all know, Trump won’t tolerate Tolerance. Why should their AG?

      Time to stoner-up, people!

      And to the Trump supporters on this blog: If Trump goes all medieval and fascist on us, and fucks things up across the board for all the legal cannabis states, then I say we should ship all you Trump Deplorables on this blog off to Mexico, and let them “handle bitches!” Toss you right over the fucking wall. Tell the Mexicans to just “grab ’em by their pussies!” Or, prove me wrong, and I’ll take it back!

      • Evening Bud says:


        I’m with you on your fourth paragraph.

      • Julian says:

        Mark, while I agree with your sentiment, please dont encourage fascist Trump supporters to go to Mexico. Ive been counting on their racist inhibitions to keep them OFF my favorite beaches. 😉

    5. Cat Cassie says:

      What will happen to cannabis legalization under Trump? If he gets Christie or Giuliani to be the head of his law and order baby it could be really bad for all of us. Still can’t believe he pulled in off.

      • mexweed says:

        “He pulled it off”?
        “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.”– Donald J. Trump, 6 Nov. 2012
        Late totals:
        Clinton 59,796,265
        Trump 59,796,265
        Trump mandate: MINUS 206,439
        Calif. Prop. 64– legalize, regulate, tax marijuana:
        Yes 4,966,665 56%
        No 3,929,757 44%
        Voter choice mandate: PLUS 1,036,908
        Food for optimism? If appointees Giuliani, Christie, Sessions try any orangutan bizness, are you ready to post a few billion reminders on the innanet about THE NUMBERS?

        • mexweed says:

          Something happened– my fault?– to make me look like a phoull. The vote totals should read:

          Hillary 59,796,265
          Donald 59,589,806

        • Anonymous says:

          Yes you are right the electoral college vote is horrible and unfair. Surely our new president can see how much money the legal states are making. In Pueblo they are even using some of the tax revenue for scholarships. Now that’s a good use for the money right?

    6. TheOracle says:

      I sincerely hope President Elect Trump will keep the feds from interfering with the legalization momentum. First there were 2 states in 2012. Second there were 2 states in 2014 (and Washington, D.C.). That’s 4. Third there were 4 states in 2016. That’s 8 states with legal adult recreational. In the 2 years from 2012 to 2014 the number doubled from 2 to 4. In the 2 years from 2014 to 2016 the number doubled again from 4 to 8. Prohibitionists, give it up! You prohibitionists haven’t been able to stop medical marijuana, and even if you get more resources you’re up against exponential momentum. It is only a matter of time, let’s say 2 years, before adult recreational cannabis is legalized by a state legislature, such as Vermont or New Hampshire that will be sandwiched between legal weed in Canada and legal weed in Maine and Massachusetts. Far too many people no longer are buying prohibitionist propaganda that cannabis has no medical value, and word is getting out more and more that cannabis, while not 100% safe, is a safer choice than tobacco and/or alcohol for ever growing numbers of voters. There’s no going back. The cost of a federal crackdown is a waste of money that is better spent elsewhere.

    7. TheOracle says:

      I certainly like the idea of when a state’s cannabis revenues exceed a certain amount that every adult resident of that state gets a tax rebate check. Snippet from Wikipedia, link below: Recreational legalization begins 2012: Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana for adults 21 years of age or older. 2014: Alaska and Oregon legalized recreational cannabis. Alaska’s law took effect on February 25, 2015. Oregon’s initiative began on July 1, 2015. The District of Columbia legalized in 2014. 2016: California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts legalize recreational cannabis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_cannabis_laws_in_the_United_States Please update the link below. http://norml.org/about/item/marijuana-law-reform-timeline

    8. TheOracle says:

      Come on, Pennsylvania! You got a YUGE state budget crisis going on. Go for the cash grab and be the first legislature to legalize it Oregon style, for example! No need to reinvent the wheel. Stop wasting time! The longer you wait the worse your pension crisis and underfunded public education and social services for the mentally ill and medically indigent all become.

    9. Paul says:

      There has been talk that Trump will appoint Giuliani as AG, he is notoriously anti-cannabis. What are the thoughts about all of our progress being reversed by a more aggressive DEA when a new AG is appointed.

    10. MSimon says:

      The election of Trump should make it obvious that turning Prohibition into a left/right issue is a mistake. It should be a right/wrong issue.

      I’m doing my part:


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