• by Jenn Michelle Pedini, NORML Development Director February 24, 2020

    2020 NORML Aspen Legal Seminar

    The complete agenda for the 2020 NORML Aspen Legal Seminar, May 28-30, is now available. This year’s highlights include The Challenges of Getting Discovery from a Federal Drug Task Force, Fighting Against Job Discrimination for State Authorized Marijuana Use, Cannabis and Intellectual Property Law Update for 2020, What Every Non-Family Lawyer Must Know About Cannabis and Child Custody, and The Challenges of Representing a Defendant in a High-Profile Case. Attendees will receive a warm welcome to Aspen from Pitkin County Sheriff, Joe DiSalvo, a longtime friend of NORML. Gerry Goldstein will present his always popular Annual Review of Important 4th Amendment Decisions, and NORML’s Paul Armentano will deliver Cannabis, the Law, and You — A NORML Perspective of Where We Are and Where We Are Going.

    Continuing Legal Education credit for this 3-day program is available from all states that require CLE credits for their attorneys. If you’re not a lawyer, and don’t need the CLE credit, you are still welcome to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity for non-lawyers to meet national legal experts as we work our way from marijuana prohibition to marijuana legalization.

    Owl Farm LabyrinthThis year we will celebrate NORML’s 50th Anniversary, and we are offering a new excursion opportunity! We invite you to join us Friday afternoon to visit to Woody Creek Tavern and Hunter Thompson’s Owl Farm. (Please have cash for lunch as the Tavern does not accept credit cards.) After, we’ll head to Owl Farm for a walk through the Labyrinth hosted by Hunter’s widow, Anita Thompson and former Pitkin Country Sheriff Bob Braudis, Hunter’s close friend. Be sure to select this additional ticket option during checkout, which covers transportation from the Gant to Woody Creek Tavern, to Owl Farm, and back to the Gant.

    Goldstein NORML Benefit DinnerSaturday evening, raise a glass to fifty years of working to reform marijuana laws at the annual NORML Benefit Dinner at the home of Chris and Gerry Goldstein, and enjoy an extraordinary meal catered by Aspen Chef Chris Lanter of Cache Cache and Home Team BBQ.

    Register now to join us for this annual celebration of personal freedom.

    Become a member of the NORML Legal Committee and receive a $100 reduction on this and future seminar registration fees!

  • by NORML September 16, 2019

    Last week, NORML leaders and activists from across North America headed to our nation’s capital for the annual NORML Conference and Congressional Lobby Day. All we can say is, “WOW!” We are simply blown away by the passion, leadership, and knowledge attendees and speakers brought to DC.

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th – NORML Leadership Summit

    We kicked things off on Sunday with the Leadership Summit, where attendees earned their NORML Leadership Certifications. After a full day of learning, we headed to the welcome reception to celebrate with old friends and new, and to honor those outstanding contributions to advancing marijuana law reform. Virginia NORML took home Chapter of the Year, Madisen Saglibene and Mary Kruger received Activist of the Year, and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and Maryland State’s Attorney for Baltimore City Marilyn Mosby earned Vanguard Awards. What a night!

    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th – NORML Conference

    Monday morning we dove back into another full day of expert speakers and panel discussions. Dr. John Hudak of the Brookings Institution shared key insights on federal policy and the implications of the 2018 Farm Bill. Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine stopped by and delighted the audience with an impromptu performance and to give the Michael J. Kennedy Social Justice Award to recipient Bernadine Dohrn. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden delivered a powerful keynote, energizing the crowd for Lobby Day.



    Tuesday morning, after hearing remarks from U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Tulsi Gabbard, dozens of NORML members flooded Capitol Hill attending over 170 meetings to advocate for the end of federal marijuana prohibition. Their message was clear: Americans do not support this failed policy and Congress must act now.

    These tireless advocates were there fighting for your rights, not the industry or special interests. Because of NORML’s strong grassroots support, we were able to send more people than ever to Capitol Hill this year. And, we won’t stop until marijuana is legal across this great nation.

    Give today and stand in solidarity with those who traveled to Washington, DC to fight for freedom!

    It is only thanks to all of your support that we are able to continue to put on events like this and advocate for legalization at the state level and for ending federal prohibition here in DC.

    Together, we’ll keep pushing, we’ll keep winning, and we’ll legalize America.


  • by NORML April 1, 2019

    We have never been at a more critical time in the nationwide movement to end federal marijuana prohibition. This September, we invite you to join NORML members from across America to learn effective strategies, hear the latest scientific and political advancements, and meet in person with influential members of Congress. With over 65% percent of the American public in support of marijuana legalization, and three-quarters of voters supporting states’ rights to enact their own marijuana policies, the time to act is now.

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    Jax Finkel, executive director of Texas NORML, presents at the 2018 NORML Conference

    Sunday, September 8: NORML Leadership Summit

    Earn your NORML Leadership Certification! Take a deep dive into grassroots organizing at the NORML Leadership Summit. Those who complete the one-day course receive access to exclusive educational materials that will be used to duplicate trainings across the country. Participants will be awarded certificates and NORML Leadership lapel pins to recognize their accomplishment. Training modules include: chapter organization, effective messaging strategies, lobbying to win, event planning and execution, and more.

    Cynthia Ferguson receives NORML's 2018 Pauline Sabin award

    Welcome Reception & Vanguard Awards

    Mix and mingle with fellow conference attendees and celebrate the achievements of NORML Chapters, Leaders and Members from across the country at the Welcome Reception & Vanguard Awards.


    NORML Conference attendeesMonday, September 9: NORML Conference

    Conference programming will include expert panels, policy debates, and energizing speakers covering a wide range of marijuana policy-related topics.


    U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard meets with NORML Congressional Lobby Day attendees Tuesday, September 10: NORML Congressional Lobby Day

    Head to Capitol Hill with NORML where Lobby Day participants will meet with Congressional offices and advocate for the end of federal marijuana prohibition. Attendees will relax and debrief afterward at a local watering hole, to swap stories and say farewell to old friends and new.


    Get your tickets now to join us at this important annual event!