• by NORML April 15, 2020

    The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) recognizes that it is important to be compliant with state and federal guidelines regarding social and physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why, in the best interest of public health and safety, NORML is encouraging cannabis consumers not to congregate in groups either outdoors or indoors this 4/20.

    Instead, NORML encourages those who wish to express their support for marijuana policy reform this 4/20 to engage in the many online/virtual celebrations taking place throughout the day. A sampling of NORML-affiliated online events taking place this 4/20 is included below. NORML will update this list with additional events as they are announced.

    Furthermore, because NORML recognizes that cannabis consumers worldwide often celebrate 4/20 by engaging in some form of cannabis use, we are once again providing ‘best practices’ for consumers’ safety. These include:

    • Do not share your personal consumption devices with others;
    • Seek alternative delivery devices that mitigate or eliminate one’s exposure to combustive smoke;
    • Plan in advance — Avoid unnecessary trips to either marijuana retailers or dispensaries on 4/20, when these establishments may be more crowded than usual and physical distancing may be more difficult;
    • Avoid obtaining cannabis products, and vape-pens especially, from the unregulated market, as these products are of variable purity and quality and may be tainted with mold or adulterants.

    A complete guide to NORML’s ‘Responsible Consumer Safety Tips’ is online here.

    As of this writing, NORML staff and NORML affiliate chapters will be participating on 4/20 in the following live-streamed events:

    • Los Angeles NORML Digital Event: A NORML Party 50 Years in the Making (start time: 3:30PM PT, 4/19/20)
    • Texas NORML’s 420 Stream-A-Thon (start time: 12:30PM CT)
    • Nevada NORML & Culture and Cannabis Las Vegas present Stay Home/Stay High 420 Extravaganza
    • Time4Hemp Living Room Lovefest (start times: 8AM PT)
    • Seattle Hempfest Livestream Event (start time: 1PM PT)
    • Suncoast NORML 4/20 After Party (start time: 7PM ET)

    Enter the NORML 4/20 Giveaway

    Listings of other virtual events taking place on 4/20 is available from Leafly.com here.

    Be sure to follow NORML on Facebook on 4/20 at 4PM ET to join a live chat with NORML staff.

    Enter and share NORML’s 4/20 Membership Pack Giveaways on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

  • 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 Chris Jonsson, NORML South Africa December 19, 2019

    NORML South Africa was established in 2008 and has been active in the growing cannabis culture scene. Over the past year, NORML has hosted activism events in conjunction with other cannabis organisations and still supports the Dagga Party of South Africa, a registered pro-cannabis political party.  

    Cannabis Law

    On the 18th of September 2018, Judge Dennis Davis passed a landmark ruling in the Cape Town High Court that cannabis essentially be decriminalized for private adult use. Although there are no defined limitations to this progressive ruling, a lot of arrests have still been taking place. Fields of Green For All in South Africa is an activist group that has been fighting the laws for several years and they support people through their organisation that have been either charged or arrested for possession of cannabis. They are still dealing with daily calls and emails from victims who have been arrested. 

    Cannabis 2019

    Over the past year, South Africa’s cannabis culture has come out of the woodwork and established itself as an industry on its own. Start-up seedbanks, locally manufactured extraction companies, both CBD and THC oil companies, headshops, coffeeshops and even a cannabis dispensary retail store are now doing business in all major cities across the country. Just last month, Canna Tech and the Cannabis Expo were hugely successful events in both Cape Town and Johannesburg alike. Many local and international companies displayed their cannabis products and services to thousands of attendees. 

    Canna Tech 2019


    Cannabis Tourism

    South Africa even had the pleasure of welcoming international cannabis activists like Marc Emery, Joseph Pietri and the DabStars crew, just to name a few. From all their feedback, they were not only treated like royalty, but also overwhelmed with the hospitality, friendly people, and of course, the great ganja South Africa is known for.

    Cannabis Cups

    Many local cannabis cups have taken place during the course of the past year, some only flowers and some concentrate cups. All of these cups had top-quality entries from local cultivators and processors. Cannabis even won two first prizes at the 113th Agricultural Show show held in Bathurst, rural Eastern Cape. The live plants were entered into the culinary herb and exotic fruits categories. They were on display over the 3 days the show took place, whereby thousands of farmers and spectators took notice of the prize winning plants. 

    Cannabis First Prize at the 2019 Agricultural Show


    Cannabis Beer

    Its been one hell of a high year in South Africa! South Africans can even cheers with an award-winning locally brewed cannabis beer. On the 15th of August 2019, Poison City Brewing was honored with the award when put up against 189 other local brewed beers.

    “This is absolutely fantastic! We set out to make a great tasting, refreshing, highly drinkable beer that is true to us, true to our hometown of Durban and true to the art of beermaking – we always knew that our cannabis beer could compete with the best beers out there”, said Andre Schubert, co-founder of Poison City Brewing, along with fellow rebel brewer, Graeme Bird.

    The Cannabis Expo

    The Cannabis Expo was hosted last month in Johannesburg at the Sandton Convention Centre. Over the course of 2 days, thousands of people attended the largest cannabis event throughout Africa. Hundreds of cannabis companies displaying their products, ranging from international and local seedbanks, NGO’s, headshops, CBD retailers through to cannabis magazine publications and cannabis podcast crews.

    Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN9gmtb_GhU&t=94s

    Cannabis in South Africa 2020

    The scene is heating up in South Africa and one can positively expect good things to come in 2020 for the cannabis industry. While we all wind down for the end of the year and festive celebrations, NORML South Africa would like to wish the cannabis community worldwide safe and happy celebrations. See you in the new year with some more great things to come.

    Highest Regards,

    Chris Jonsson
    NORML South Africa


  • 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!