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Lobby Day

  • 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!

  • by Chicago NORML March 14, 2019

    This year, on April 8th, the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) will be returning to our nation’s capital in Washington D.C. and playing a leading role in drafting policy agendas to ensure participation of people of color in the cannabis industry.

    Chicago NORML is very excited to participate in the summit this year. As we continue our work with legislators, businesses, and our communities on cannabis reform and legalization here in Illinois, our attendance and participation in this summit is crucial.

    We could use a little help getting there! Please make a donation which will help defray costs of sending us to this important high-level policy discussion and workshop. Make an investment in our work by donating what you can.

    We expect to engage with industry leaders on important topics that will soon have a direct impact on our communities such as banking, taxation, criminal justice reform, and equity in ownership. Additionally, we expect to address how Federal measures such as Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act, the RESPECT Act, and the States Act will affect us on the local level.

    Never have we been so close to comprehensive reform in Illinois and it’s imperative that we get it right. Help us make legalization a reality in Illinois and ensure that it is done so in a way to build an economy that works for all of us.

    Thanks for all you do,
    Chicago NORML

     

    You can find out more at www.chicagonorml.org and follow Chicago NORML on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

  • by Jax Finkel, Texas NORML Executive Director March 4, 2019

    In the Texas State Capitol Building, dozens of patients joined us to ask their legislators to coauthor legislation that makes the Texas Compassionate Use Program more inclusive and effective. HB 1365 (authored by Rep Lucio, III) and SB90 (authored by Sen Menendez) would allow patients with debilitating conditions access to medical cannabis to therapeutically treat the symptoms of their condition.

    Ask your legislators to coauthor HB 1365 and SB 90 now!

    Patients met up to learn from our briefing about how the legislative process works, a review of our priority legislation, and an overview of messaging and crafting testimony. Patients then broke out into groups by district and went to visit their legislative offices. Many patients also stayed to register their support of HB 63, which would reduce possession of one ounce to a small, civil fine.

    Make a donation to support our work at the legislature!

    We will be posting live updates from the HB 63: Civil Penalty hearing today. Stay tuned to watch the hearing. We will also keep you posted on the progress of these medical bills.

    View pictures from the event!

    Marijuana policy should be evidence based. Help dispel the myths with NORML’s Fact Sheets!For more information follow Texas NORML on Facebook, Twitter, and visit their website!

     

  • by Jax Finkel, Texas NORML Executive Director February 28, 2019

    On Monday, Texans Veterans met at the Capitol to meet with their legislators and advocate for a comprehensive medical marijuana program in Texas. We started off with a training where we covered the legislative process, current medical marijuana bills and messaging. Watch the training from Texas Veteran Lobby Day. Representative Gina Hinojosa addressed the attendees about our need to improve Texas’ medical program and her bill which would allow for an affirmative defense for patients that are not enrolled in the program. Then veterans broke out to visit their legislators offices to meet with legislators and legislative aides.

    Afterwards, we met up at the Texas Veterans for Medical Marijuana Educational exhibit. Some veterans dropped off their pill bottles with a message in the casket that was displayed. There were also educational graphics displayed and resource handouts for people to take. The display was powerful and started many conversations about patient’s needs to have an option to prescription drugs. Take a virtual tour of the Texas Veterans for Medical Marijuana Educational Exhibit.Watch the video that played in the exhibit.

    View photos from the entire day.

    News Coverage:

    KVUE – Veterans Pushing for Medical Marijuana

    KWTX – Veterans Call on Legislators for Medical Marijuana

    Spectrum News – Texas Veterans Seek Access to Medical Marijuana

  • by Matthew Maulding, Executive Director, NORML of Catawba Valley February 22, 2019

    Marijuana bills have a history in North Carolina of getting sent to committee’s where they die. While public support for marijuana reform has never been better, the Senators and Representatives in Raleigh aren’t so quick to jump on board. Our organizations focus is to raise awareness of bills and mobilize marijuana supporters to act. Since Senate Bill 58 was introduced, we have sent over 3,000 letters to the committee on “Rules and Operations of the Senate” (where S58 currently sits) from hundreds of citizens across the state in support of this bill. We have also been making daily phone calls and emails to Senator Rabon (Chairman) and Senator Brown’s (Vice-Chairman) offices.

    Catawba NORML Lobby Day Registration

    For the more “hands on” activist, we suggest registering for our Lobby Day. This puts you, as an activist, in the offices of our legislators to help us get this bill out of this committee and on to the next phase of its life. Even if you have no experience, but you love marijuana reform, register. We will provide you with all the training and resources necessary to be effective. There is a lobby day training session at Catawba NORML’s next public meeting on Wednesday, March 13th as well as video guidance to be sent to all attendees. The bottom line, we need activists asking these Senators every single day about this bill.

    “We’re giving the citizens of North Carolina an opportunity to meet directly with legislators in Raleigh about marijuana reform, specifically Senate Bill 58”, said Matthew Maulding, “There are tens of thousands of citizens and families in North Carolina that would benefit from this bill, as well as hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of ‘new’ money that our state would benefit from. It works for everyone in North Carolina and hurts no one, other than the prison industry.”

    Catawba NORML Lobby Day Registration

    Senate Bill 58, introduced to the Senate on February 13th, would further decriminalize personal marijuana possession up to 3 ounces and allow citizens with prior marijuana convictions to be

    able to pay a fee of $100 to get those non-violent, victimless convictions off their records, which could ultimately put more people to work.

    To register, go to Catawba NORML Lobby Day Registration.

    What: Catawba NORML Lobby Day, citizens lobbying for Senate Bill 58

    When: April 5th, 2019 from 11am-6pm (Deadline to register is March 5th, 2019)

    Where: North Carolina State Legislative Building, 16 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601

    For questions or interview requests, please contact Matthew Maulding at 828-455-8203 or normlofcatawbavalley@gmail.com

    Marijuana policy should be evidence based. Help dispel the myths with NORML’s Fact Sheets! For more information follow NORML of Catawba Valley on Facebook and Twitter!

    NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.

     

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