NORML Chapters Hope to Bring Marijuana Discussion To Congressional Town Hall Meetings

  • by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Director August 8, 2017

    blogstickerNORML Chapters around the country are currently organizing efforts to engage their representatives on the issue of marijuana law reform during the upcoming congressional recess where members of the House and Senate will host town hall meetings in their districts. In addition to providing unique opportunities for face-to-face interactions with congressional representatives, town hall meetings provide our volunteers the chance to promote NORML’s message of ending the federal prohibition of marijuana to an audience of politically engaged voters.

    With the help of Town Hall Project, a nonprofit organization that’s focused on empowering constituents across the country to have face-to-face conversations with their elected representatives, we have identified almost a dozen town hall meetings taking place in cities with strong NORML representation. To take advantage, NORML leadership is focused on mobilizing our supporters to ask specific questions and encourage their representatives to support legislation that will: protect consumers and businesses in legal marijuana states, expand access to medical marijuana for veterans, stop civil forfeiture and end the federal prohibition of marijuana.

    Below is a list of town hall meetings that NORML Chapters will be targeting. We will continue to update the list as new town hall meetings are announced:

    (Updated: 8/14/2017)

    Rep. Ruben Kihuen (Democrat, NV-4)
    Tuesday Aug 1, 2017 at 09:00 AM
    Walnut Community Center
    3075 N Walnut Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89115

    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (Republican, CA-48)
    Tuesday Aug 1, 2017 at 6:30 PM
    Aliso Niguel High School Gym
    28000 Wolverine Way, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

    Rep. Bradley Byrne (Republican, AL-1)
    Thursday August 3 2017 at 3:00 PM
    Gulf Shores City Hall
    1905 W 1st St, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

    Rep. Steve Cohen (Democrat, TN-9)
    Saturday August 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Memphis College of Art
    1930 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

    Rep. Will Hurd (Republican, TX-23)
    Sunday August 6, 2017 at 1:00 PM
    Horizon City Dairy Queen
    800 N Zaragoza Rd, El Paso, TX 79907

    Rep. G.K. Butterfield (Democrat, NC-1)
    Tuesday August 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM
    Bertie High School
    716 US-13, Windsor, NC 27983

    Rep. Donald Norcross (Democrat, NJ-1)
    Wednesday August 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM
    Carmen Tilelli Community Center
    820 Mercer St, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

    Rep. Glenn Thompson (Republican, PA-5)
    Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 8:00 PM
    100 Innovation Blvd, University Park, PA 16802

    Rep. Adam Smith (Democrat, WA-9)
    Saturday August 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Foster High School Performing Arts Center
    4242 S 144th St, Tukwila, WA 98168

    Derek Kilmer (Democrat, WA-6)
    Sunday August 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM
    Aberdeen High School Auditorium
    410 N G St, Aberdeen, WA 98520

    Jimmy Panetta (Democrat, CA-20)
    Monday August 14, 2017 at 6:00 PM
    California State University Monterey Bay World Theater
    5260 6th Ave, Seaside, CA 93955

    Senator Maria Cantwell (Democrat, Senate)
    Tuesday August 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM
    Gonzaga University, Cataldo Hall, The Boone Room
    502 E Boone Ave, Spokane, WA 99258

    Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (Republican, NC-9)
    Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM
    Cleveland Community College – Mildred Keeter Auditorium
    137 S Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28152

    Rep. Gary Palmer (Republican, AL-6)
    Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 6:30 PM
    North Highlands Baptist Church
    4851 15th Street Rd, Hueytown, AL 35023

    Rep. David Scott (Democrat, GA-13)
    Saturday August 19, 2017 at 09:00 AM
    Mundy’s Mill High School
    9652 Fayetteville Rd, Jonesboro, GA 30238

    Rep. Trent Franks (Republican, AZ-8)
    Tuesday August 22, 2017 at 7:00 AM
    The Colonnade
    19116 N Colonnade Way, Surprise, AZ 85374

    Rep. Tom Rice (Republican, SC-7)
    Chapin Memorial Library Meeting Room
    Tuesday August 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    400 14th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

    Rep. Bradley Byrne (Republican, AL-1)
    Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM
    John L. LeFlore Magnet High School,
    700 Donald St, Mobile, AL 36617

    Rep. Danny K. Davis (Democrat, IL-7)
    Thursday August 24, 2017 at 7:00 AM
    Oak Park Village Hall
    123 Madison St, Oak Park, IL 60302

    Rep. Rodney Davis (Republican, IL-13)
    Friday August 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM
    Litchfield City Hall
    120 E Ryder St, Litchfield, IL 62056

    Rep. Ami Bera (Democrat, CA-7)
    Tuesday August 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Folsom Public Library
    411 Stafford St, Folsom, CA 95630

    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (Republican WI-5)
    Saturday September 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM
    Elm Grove Village Park
    13600 Juneau Blvd, Elm Grove, WI 53122

    To support these efforts, NORML has prepared a guide to town hall meetings, as well as a list of questions specific to each representative. If you would like to participate or want a copy of either document, please email chapters@NORML.org.

    23 responses to “NORML Chapters Hope to Bring Marijuana Discussion To Congressional Town Hall Meetings”

    1. I’d like to know why there isn’t one for the triad. Greensboro,High Point and Winston Salem. I really would like to know if there’s going to be a meeting in the up coming months..

      • mexweed says:

        I guess it’s up to you to agitate for such a meeting, meanwhile what brazen bravery it’ll be to challenge Big 2Whackgo right in their namesake home town. Well for sure a trillion more bucxks have been spent advertising the Winston/Salem $igarettes than any town of that name.

    2. Mark says:

      All of the Marijuana seized by drug raids and border patrol should be donated to medical marijuana clinics across the US.
      The consumer outlet can still make money and the consumer personally can get it free or at a drastically reduced price.

      • mexweed says:

        Sympathizing with your dream but for sure the tobacckgo-funded Repub lawpassers are also trying to shut down the medical marijuana clinics and want all captured weed pitilessly destroyed.

      • Chris says:

        I’m not sure I like the idea of incentiving the ceizure of more cannabis for any reason whatsoever. If we were talking about kidneys I don’t think anyone would make that suggestion, and as far as I’m concerned I have a right to my own cannabis no less than I have a right to my own kidnies.

        In any event, good for you for fostering discussion and being involved in this movement. We’re all brothers and sisters in this fight and I hope we can strengthen one another’s ideas.

    3. Mark Mitcham says:

      I like the strategy. In the face of injustice, without a strategy, it is easy to move from apathy and indifference, right through activism, and straight into the jaws of despair.

      Expressing yourself is a good thing; but actually making yourself heard is another trick altogether!

      If I may say so, well done all!

    4. Julian says:

      Too bad Rep. Will Hurd is too early before Slayer performs in Albuquerque or I’da been all over that.
      I love getting stoned in New Mexico.

      On another note, I dont usually watch cable cuz it sucks but Im on vacation (again) in Rockport and I happened upon the one and only channel that was worth a $#!+:


      “Adam Ruins Everything” covers the failed drug war then segueys into failed private prisons.

      • mexweed says:

        “Failed drug war” and “failed private prisons” makes for good slogans but you know very well the point is they “succeeded” in making a ton of money for a few rich oligarchs.

        • Julian says:

          Ok, Mexweed, how do you like “Made-to-fail”?

          • mexweed says:

            You got me going, I found the answer, “Made to fear!” The prohibition and crackdown smears Fear all over the populative unconscious and when Johnnie tries a toke this implanted Fear is what then emerges as “paranoia” in the cannabinoidal uprush of emotion and memory which otherwise should have brought creativity and inventions.

      • Evening Bud says:


        I enjoyed your linked video. Wish that shows like that were listed on my local PBS station.

        My mom, who’s still alive, is from that late ’30s, ’40s generation. And it took forever to convince her that legalization would actually eventually lower pot use, and seriously wound the cartels. The notion wasn’t intuitive to her, thanks I’m sure to the steady propaganda drumbeat she endured during those decades, as well as the next several decades.

        The assholes did a good job in their propagandizing. I’m sure Goebbels would’ve been proud.

        PS–you’re right about NM being a good place to get high. The mountains are always a great place. It’ll be even better if they decriminalize and even legalize here! I’m counting the days until Susanna Martinez is outta office.

        • Julian says:

          Thanks Bud,
          We have to remind ourselves that whats important, inspiring or influencing on us may not have the same effect on others. In many ways we are products of the information we consumed during our teenage years, a subject I highlight in the IQ blog from watching Morgan Freeman yelling “it kills ya brain cells” slapping a joint out of “sloppy slavenly” boy’s mouth in the movie “Lean on Me.” Its so important that older generations in public… and parents in the privacy of home…. provide a better role model for our youth as responsible marijuana consumers by showing support for lab-tested, clean, state legalized marijuana.

    5. Jubabii says:

      Where are the Reps for Illinois, we need town hall meetings in our communities all over the state.

      • Patti says:

        Also in Iowa, every time I send the letters from norml to our Congress I get the same negative ‘ITS A SCHEDULE 1DRUG AND VERY BAD!” Also I’d like to know how to get it on the ballot in Iowa because they didn’t include that!

      • Patti says:

        Also in Iowa, every time I send the letters from norml to our Congress I get the same negative ‘ITS A SCHEDULE 1DRUG AND VERY BAD!” Also I’d like to know how to get it on the ballot so we can vote it in because they didn’t include that!

    6. Julian says:

      Representative Joe Moody introduced HB334 to decriminalize marijuana in Texas just a few days ago late during the special session;


      But Im not seeing a link on the Texas NORML site. I know Jax is busy flying back and forth to DC meeting with Federal legislators. Anyway we can help get a legislative link going?

      Moody Chairs the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee meaning he can assure this bill gets heard in committee even though it was introduced late.

      • Julian says:

        Follow up: The medical financing bill already passed through the Special Session in Texas. It appears that the House did not qualify the marijuana bills as “germain.”
        Mmj would create millions in revenue for the state budget and its not “germain” to the medical budget?

        • Julian says:

          Update-update for Texas:

          (Copied from Heather Fazio, MPP)

          Chairman Joe Moody’s House Bill 334 would replace criminal penalties for marijuana possession with a simple ticket. This proposal would allow at least three opportunities for an individual to avoid arrest, jail time, and a criminal record for the possession of up to one ounce.

          Today, the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will discuss the bill and consider testimony. You can watch online now.

          Do you have personal or professional experience with our state’s current marijuana laws? If so, please consider sharing it with the committee.

          Submit informal written testimony via email to the committee clerk, Rachel Wetzel:


          1) Attaching a PDF file to your email is best. Try to keep it to one page, including all your contact information.

          2) The title of your file and subject of your email should be as follows: “First and Last Name — Supporting HB 334”

          During the regular session, this version of Chairman Moody’s civil penalties bill passed out of committee and was scheduled for a vote in the Texas House. Unfortunately, the clock ran out before representatives could cast their votes. Tomorrow’s hearing offers us an opportunity to keep this important issue alive and on the table for discussion.

          Thank you for your support. Please share this email with friends or family members who might be interested.

    7. Paranoid in Kansas says:

      How about getting busy in Kansas. No NORML here and it still seems we have to stay under the radar. No choice but to buy whatever is available on the streets.

    8. Valera Snead says:

      What can we do in GA?