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  • by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Director June 7, 2019

    Every day NORML Chapters from around the country invest countless hours in advocating for meaningful marijuana law reforms on the local, state and federal level! Below is a brief rundown of some of their most recent accomplishments.

    NORML Announces Plans for 2019 Conference and Lobby Day

    “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.”

    Read more from NORML.org!

    Follow NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    NORML Leaders in the Media

    Radio: Chris Morrow, Executive Director, Kansas NORML

    Radio: Kiana Hughes, Educational Director, Chicago NORML

    Radio: Mary Kruger, Executive Director, Rochester NORML

    Radio: Mary Kruger, Executive Director, Rochester NORML

    Alan Robinson, Executive Director, Wisconsin NORML

    “It’s not adversarial,” Robinson said. “It’s always us trying to provide information for them, us trying to be an informational resource or us trying to help them overcome the objections that they don’t understand.”

    Read more from WFRV Local 5!

    Follow Wisconsin NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Ali Nagib, Deputy Director, Illinois NORML

    “To a large degree, that has been a war on cannabis, but it’s also been a war on people, it’s been disproportionately a war on certain communities,”

    Read more from WTTW News!

    “This would be a big deal in terms of changing our policies to follow states like Colorado, Washington, California, that we’ve seen move forward ending prohibition, not only stopping the arrests, as we’ve done significantly in Illinois with our decriminalization laws, but to open up the marketplace.”

    Read more from Cheddar!

    Follow Illinois NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!  

    Ashley Weber, Executive Director, Colorado NORML

    “This bill offers retail consumers the option to consume legally in a social setting,” said Ashley Weber, executive director of the Colorado office of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “With the cannabis industry reaching a billion dollars in revenue, Coloradans understand that they cannot continue to re-criminalize the use of a legal substance.”

    Read more from The Daily Sentinel!

    “Adding a condition for which a physician could recommend medical marijuana instead of an opioid is a safer pain management tool that will be useful for both our doctors and patients.”

    Read more from the Denver Post!

    Follow Colorado NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Cameron Pinkerton, Event Coordinator, DFW NORML

    “So we’re not getting our medicine from the street. And so we’re not throwing veterans into cages for trying to access a plant that grows in the soil they fought to keep free.”

    Read more from CBS DFW!

    Follow DFW NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Chris Goldstein, Executive Director, South Philly NORML

    “Chris Goldstein, a local organizer with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said the ban was bad for patients and sent a signal to the industry that it’s not wanted in Philadelphia.”

    Read more from The Philadelphia Tribune!

    “There shouldn’t be any neighborhood that bans medical cannabis dispensaries or makes it more difficult for them to open. They should be limited only by the patient population in Philadelphia, which is growing every day.”

    Read more from WHYY!

    Follow South Philly NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Chris Morrow, Executive Director, Kansas NORML

    “The biggest thing is with marijuana becoming more prevalent, more accepted, legal in a number of different ways across the country, the chances that somebody is going to get caught with a personal use amount of marijuana in their possession increases.”

    Read more from Wyandotte Daily!

    “We’re on an inexorable glide path towards legalization,” said Chris Morrow, the executive director of Kansas NORML. “Kansas is lagging behind.”

    Read more from KMBC 9!

    Follow Kansas NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Dale Geringer, Executive Director, California NORML

    “More and more local governments are coming around, but progress has been slow,” says Dale Gieringer, director of California NORML.

    Read more from Reason!

    “The taxes are so high that there is a big incentive to avoid them,” said Dale Gieringer, director of pro-marijuana group California NORML. “The black market is presently at least as large or larger as the legal market.”

    Read more from NBC Bay Area!

    “This is really a Los Angeles phenomenon … I can’t tell you where there would be an unlicensed dispensary operating in Oakland or San Francisco.”

    Read more from the Los Angeles Times!

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    Dan Linn, Executive Director, Illinois NORML

    “It may very well end up not achieving the desired results, because of how much of a stranglehold the current medical cannabis industry will have on the adult-use market, since the current licensees will have the ability to double their current operations before any new entrants are even licensed for the new industry.”

    Read more from Rolling Stone!

    “People say to pass the best bill you can and come back later to try and make it better,” Linn said. “But we’ve had significant problems with the (existing) medical cannabis program that we still have not been able to fix.”

    Read more from the Chicago Tribune!

    “It may come as a surprise to some folks, but there’s probably already a lot of students selling or using on campus,” Linn said. “Prohibition hasn’t worked. But if we were to legalize it, these students could get jobs in this industry, and we could harness their entrepreneurial spirit.”

    Read more from the Daily Chronicle!

    “I’m concerned with how much of a handout this is to the current industry,” Linn said. “They crafted this legislation to give them an extreme advantage. If we have a limited amount of suppliers, prices are going to continue to be high.”

    Read more from the Chicago Tribune!

    “Limiting homegrow to just patients seems like too big a concession to law enforcement.”

    Read more from The Center Square!

    “Even after this bill passes there will still be work to do to give adults in Illinois access to cannabis without having to purchase it from a limited amount of stores and cultivators.”

    Read more from Complex!

    “The barriers to entry into this marketplace will only continue to expand the problems of the wealthy being able to profit from this new opportunity while others with fewer resources are unable to move from the illegal to legal marketplace in terms of growing and selling this product.”

    Read more from Rolling Stone!

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    Ellen Komp, Deputy Director, California NORML

    “We have concerns,” Deputy Director Ellen Komp says. “If it’s state law, it [should be] state law everywhere,” she says, criticizing all the exemptions. “I think it’s a little heavy-handed. [Marijuana] is still going to have to achieve acceptance city by city, county by county. When you try to force it on a locality, it feels threatened.”

    Read more from the Los Angeles Times!

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    Evan Nisson, Board Member, New Jersey NORML

    “We need to make marijuana legal in New Jersey now to stop tens of thousands of unfair arrests a year and to be able to adequately compete with other states that have had legal, regulated cannabis industries for years.”

    Read more from NJ Today!

    Follow New Jersey NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Jax Finkle, Executive Director, Texas NORML

    “Hemp has extraordinary political momentum behind it,” says Jax Finkel, executive director of Texas NORML, a cannabis law reform group. “McConnell’s now making it a campaign item for himself, and I think we’re seeing Texas legislators getting behind it for the same reason.”

    Read more from The Austin Chronicle!

    “With less than one percent of Texans being eligible for the current Texas Compassionate Use Program, the vast majority of Texas patients have been left behind since 2015.”

    Read more from Spectrum News!

    “Some of them are quite devastated because this has been a life changing medicine for them and I think that the senators recognize that,” Finkle said. “We are thankful for the expansion that we’ve gotten but there’s still a lot of work to do make sure that patients have the true medical freedom that we need in the state.”

    Read more from Fox 7!

    “(The bill) maintains the current .5% THC ratio. That’s concerning, because .5 THC will help some people but it will definitely not help everyone.”

    Read more from the Dallas Observer!

    “Many more patients are still being left behind, however, and will now have to wait until the next legislative session in 2021 for their next opportunity to find relief.”

    Read more from Raw Story!

    Follow Texas NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML

    “I think it’s an example of a Commonwealth’s Attorney leveraging what powers and discretion they are afforded to make as much of an impact on their community as possible,” said Jenn Michelle Pedini, the executive director of Virginia NORML.

    Read more from WTKR News 3!

    “The unfortunate thing is that investigation after investigation show that many of these products don’t contain the amount of CBD that they claim to. Or they contain adulterants like dextromethorphan, melatonin, arsenic, heavy metals, or pesticide residue.”

    Read more from Fox 11!

    “We have decriminalization bills filed every year and this year I was given the opportunity to provide feedback to the administration on a decriminalization bill that they proposed. It was a good bill. I loved some of the policy.”

    Read more from The Virginia Pilot!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Lisa Sewell, Board Member, DFW NORML

    “Cannabis overall is a great alternative therapeutic option replacing opioids and other medications…there’s a lot of research to show how much cannabis can help these patients but here in Texas we were so limited and a lot of Texans were getting left behind because there wasn’t enough ailments listed.”

    Read more from WBAP News!

    “The more education we get to them, the better. Period,” Sewell said. She said she has seen politicians become more open to legislation that would legalize marijuana, such as recent bills that have passed in the Texas House.

    Read more from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram!

    Follow DFW NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Matthew Abel, Executive Director, Michigan NORML

    “All of this is affecting the 50 temporary operators who applied over a year ago,” says attorney Matt Abel, executive director of MI NORML. “It’s about time they wrapped up their applications one way or another.”

    Read more from Detroit Metro Times!

    “A lot of people aren’t aware of their right to have a ballot initiative,” says Matt Abel, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “More people need to become aware of it. We believe that will help stimulate more ballot initiatives.”

    Read more from Detroit Metro Times!

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    Norm Kent, Board Member, NORML

    “The student is being unlawfully treated by the school, and the only thing more offensive and unconscionable than the university expelling her is that 10,000 students have not already gathered in the administration building and smoked the damn place out until they let her back in.”

    Read more from Miami New Times!

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    Patrick Nightingale, Executive Director, Pittsburgh NORML

    “It’s clear they are not ready to address this,” Nightingale said. “What we do think we have a very good chance of moving forward with is decriminalization. At the very least take the criminal component away from prohibition.”

    Read more from the 90.5 WESA!

    “It’s clear they are not ready to address this,” Nightingale said. “What we do think we have a very good chance of moving forward with is decriminalization. At the very least take the criminal component away from prohibition.”

    Read more from WITF!

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    Rick Thompson, Board Member, Michigan NORML

    “Drug crimes, in particular, can be really damaging to a person’s employability, their ability to enroll in school or the military and just in their personal relationships in general,” Thompson added. “If you have a drug felony and people know that, I think you can expect to be treated differently. That’s just how it is. Expungement can help.”

    Read more from the Lansing City Pulse!

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    Tom McCain, Executive Director, Peachtree NORML

    “If Macon-Bibb does it, they will be the 10th jurisdiction in Georgia to have initiated some type of ordinance to reduce it,” he said. “Because it’s not really decriminalizing, it’s harm reduction.”

    Read more from WGXA News!

    “It sends a message to the state legislature that the people of this state are starting to want this. They’re tired of seeing people get locked up.”

    Read more from WGXA News!

    Follow Peachtree NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    For more than 45 years NORML chapters have been the driving force behind policy decisions on the local and state level. Have you connected with your local NORML chapter? If there isn’t one in your community, please email NORML Outreach Director Kevin Mahmalji at KevinM@NORML.org for help with starting your own!

    Ready to start a NORML chapter in your hometown? Click here to find out how!

     

  • by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Director May 1, 2019

    NORML Chapters from around the country invest countless hours in advocating for meaningful marijuana law reforms on the local, state and federal level! Below is a brief rundown of some of their most recent accomplishments.

    NORML Announces Plans for 2019 Conference and Lobby Day

    “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.”

    Read more from NORML.org!

    Follow NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    DFW NORML Builds Community Support for Upcoming Rally

    “Shortly after the decision, East found new support in the DFW NORML group, which expressed interest in supporting the protest. East planned to officially join the group over the weekend, plus participate in their Marijuana March on May 11 to meet other members and get them involved in his own protest.”

    Read more from the Statesman!

    Follow DFW NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Southeastern Wisconsin NORML Rallies with State Lawmakers for 4/20

    “The restaurant will also host speakers who advocate for the decriminalization and  legalization of marijuana, including state Sen. Lena Taylor and Eric Marsch, executive director of Southeastern Wisconsin’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.”

    Read more from the Journal Sentinel!

    Follow Southeastern Wisconsin NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Virginia NORML Hosts Marijuana Decriminalization Panel Discussion

    “As advocates across the commonwealth push for the legalization of marijuana, officials are taking a look at what that could look like.”

    Read more from NBC 29!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    NORML Students at the University of Wyoming to Host Mario Kart Fundraiser

    “We hosted a super smash tournament back in February. It was a fun way to raise money, so the group decided to host another tournament based around a popular game,” she said. “We are trying to raise money for the club and awareness about our club.”

    Read more from the Branding Iron!

    Follow NORML Students at the University of Wyoming on Facebook and become a member!

    NORML Leaders in the Media

    Radio: Alan Robinson, Executive Director, Wisconsin NORML

    Radio: Jax Finkle, Executive Director, Texas NORML

    Radio: Jeff Reidy, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley NORML

    Radio: Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML

    Radio: Mary Kruger, Executive Director, Rochester NORML

    Video: Mary Kruger, Executive Director, Rochester NORML

    Radio: Steve VanDeWalle, Deputy Director, Rochester NORML

    Alan Robinson, Executive Director, Wisconsin NORML

    “Alan Robinson, executive director of the Wisconsin chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said he uses cannabis to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and post-traumatic stress order.”

    Read more from The Post-Crescent!

    “When you meet somebody who has been an outstanding member of the community, who is an adult and who uses cannabis for their own purposes, and you find them getting prosecuted like violent criminals, you see that as a miscarriage of justice, and you must act.”

    Read more from the Door County Pulse!

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    Dale Geringer, Executive Director, California NORML

    “To invalidate home delivery of any legal product whatsoever is really well beyond the line,” he said. “I think they are stretching local authority to an outrageous and unprecedented extent.”

    Read more from The Orange County Register!

    “California is regulating and taxing the hell out of cannabis, which makes it hard for legal suppliers to compete with the state’s longstanding, extensive, and highly developed black market.”

    Read more from Reason!

    Follow California NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Dan Linn, Executive Director, Illinois NORML

    “Allowing people to grow cannabis at home. If it is legal for adults to buy and consume, but not to grow, that is an injustice.”

    Read more from Crain’s Chicago Business!

    “Linn contends that studies show experienced marijuana users do not experience significant deterioration in driving skills after consuming pot.”

    Read more from 98.7 WNNS!

    “Prices are so high in Colorado that there’s more than enough room for a middle man. Don’t get me wrong, the weed man is gonna be grinding a little harder and charging less, but still.”

    Read more from the Chicago Tribune!

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    David Phipps, Communications Director, Indiana NORML

    “PTSD is not the only neurological disorder CBD can assist with. David Phipps, communications director of Indiana Norml, said CBD oil can help with epilepsy, noting cases where some child patients went from over 100 seizures a day to near zero when they started taking CBD.”

    Read more from the Indianapolis Recorder!

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    Doug Greene, Board Member, Empire State NORML

    “Nassau will lose out on tax revenue and that many people will likely drive into Queens or other parts of New York City to buy marijuana, since he says the city “definitely” won’t opt out.”

    Read more from News 12!

    Follow Empire State NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Edie Moore, Executive Director, Chicago NORML

    “Chicago NORML supports a direct redistribution of cannabis tax dollars into the communities most impacted by the drug war, along with automatic expungement of all cannabis-related misdemeanors.”

    Read more The Chicago Sun-Times!

    “It really makes sense that you have a safe space to go and consume it. Now we’re talking about consumption lounges … like a cigar lounge or a hookah lounge.”

    Read more from WTTW – Chicago PBS!

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    Frank Latta, Executive Director, Wyoming NORML

    “Recent legislation at the federal and state levels, House Bill 171 in particular, has the two men excited for the future of hemp as an agricultural crop and product, particularly because of the potential it has to stimulate a state economy in need of diversification.”

    Read more from PC Record Times!

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    Jax Finkle, Executive Director, Texas NORML

    “We need to work out what issues there might be so that we can make sure we have some kind of quality policy that’s helping Texans right now, not in another two years.”

    Read more from Fox 7!

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    Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML

    “It’s encouraging to see municipalities taking action in the absence of legislative progress from Richmond. We look forward to these municipalities including decriminalization in their legislative priorities and joining us in the General Assembly to lobby for the substantive marijuana policy reforms Virginians demand.”

    Read more from WAVY TV 10!

    “Virginia NORML said way too many lives have been severely altered just because you’re caught with a little weed, something that’s recreationally legal in eight states as well as Washington D.C.”

    Read more from 13 News Now!

    “The unfortunate thing is that investigation after investigation show that many of these products don’t contain the amount of CBD that they claim to,” Pedini explained. “Or they contain adulterants like dextromethorphan, melatonin, arsenic, heavy metals, or pesticide residue.”

    Read more from 13 News Now!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    John Conroy, Executive Director, Canada NORML

    “The illicit market is still thriving in Canada.”

    Read more from Newsweek!

    Follow NORML Canada on Facebook and become a member today!

    Kebra Smith-Bolden, Executive Director, Connecticut NORML

    “The cannabis nurse educator also takes time each week to speak to church groups and traditionally underserved communities – including people on probation and parole – about marijuana, its benefits and how to get access to it without breaking the law.”

    Read more from News One!

    Follow Connecticut NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Keith Fagan, Regional Director, Canada NORML

    “You know, I was lied to when I was a kid and I believed the ‘reefer madness.’ But then when I saw for myself that it wasn’t true, well, everything else wasn’t true. I didn’t believe the government. I didn’t believe the teachers.”

    Read more from the Calgary Herald!

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    Keith Caughran, Board Member, Charlotte NORML

    “What’s going to get the Republicans to change their mind on this – I would say it would be a fiscal conservative argument that around North Carolina, a lot of the municipalities and counties, the police are spending tens of thousands of hours either on arresting people or issuing citations.”

    Read more from ABC 11 WTVD!

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    Kevin Oliver, Executive Director, Washington NORML

    “This measure is designed to protect larger local cannabis players who have violated regulations in the past, says Kevin Oliver, co-founder of Washington’s Finest Cannabis in Spokane and the director of the Washington chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).”

    Read more from the Inlander!

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    Lee Otts, Executive Director, Memphis NORML

    “You shouldn’t be locking people up for a plant,” Otts said. “It’s such a racial thing. Minorities are four times more likely to be arrested for cannabis use than non-minorities, despite the same statistical usage. That’s not right.”

    Read more from WREG News!

    Follow Memphis NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Madeline Martinez, Board Member, Oregon NORML

    “This is about equal rights, because whenever you pick a certain group and treat them differently, that is discrimination.”

    Read more from Portland Mercury!

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    Mary Kruger, Executive Director, Rochester NORML

    “These conversations have been happening and our allies are willing to negotiate with the governor, but he needs to do just that — negotiate.”

    Read more from The Daily Star!

    Follow Rochester NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Matthew Abel, Executive Director, Michigan NORML

    “We spoke with Detroit-based criminal defense lawyer Matthew Abel, one of 15 people to sit on the drafting committee for Proposal 1. Abel also serves as executive director of the Michigan chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.”

    Read more from the Detroit Metro Times!

    “To a great extent, I think their opting out is about fear. I think these boards are out of touch with the public they serve. But that’s nothing new.”

    Read more from the Detroit Free Press!

    “He said the government — both former Gov. Snyder and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, which has continued to change rules and first oversaw the medical marijuana licensing process — are to blame for the system’s continuing chaos.”

    Read more from the Bridge!

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    Melissa Villars, Executive Director, NORML Tallahassee

    “She said the measure would hike costs for medical-marijuana users and drive many of them to seek the drug on the black market.”

    Read more from Florida Phoenix News!

    Follow NORML Tallahassee on Facebook and become a member today!

    Mikel Weisser, Executive Director, Arizona NORML

    “He regularly receives calls from people who’ve been arrested for marijuana possession, he said. Many of them are patients, and more than a handful have been in Maricopa County.”

    Read more from the Phoenix New Times!

    Follow Arizona NORML on Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Neal Smith, Executive Director, Indiana NORML

    “The interim study commission was nothing more than a sham,” said Neal Smith, executive director of Indiana NORML. “The final result was, as this and the last General Assemblies have been, not accomplishing much in any area.”

    Read more from the Pharos Tribune!

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    Patrick Nightingale, Executive Director, Pittsburgh NORML

    “Patrick Nightingale, executive director of the Pittsburgh chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), said defendants often aren’t aware of expungement procedures and filing fees.”

    Read more from the Observer-Reporter!

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    Rick Thompson, Board Member, Michigan NORML

    “These extensive financial and background checks, exhaustive cannabis testing and transport procedures, seed-to-sale tracking and compliance protocols have extended the time needed to approve candidates for one of these businesses.”

    Read more from Michigan Capitol Confidential!

    “If your pricing is not in line with the typical price these patients are used to paying, stores will be empty and rooms full of pricey, unsold cannabis will be the norm. … Seducing those people into brick-and-mortar stores will take time, marketing money and high-quality, inexpensive cannabis.”

    Read more from the Lansing City Post!

    “The medical business infrastructure is being built at a slow pace and for 300,000 patients. There are 7 million adults in Michigan and this is a popular tourist state. If the medical side is underdeveloped when retail sales of adult-use cannabis come online, industry-crippling product shortages will happen.”

    Read more from The Marijuana Times!

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    Roger Green, Executive Director, Hudson Valley NORML

    “President Roger Green said that in the ten states that have legalized pot, there has been no significant increase in drug use by minors.”

    Read more from Yonkers Times!

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    Steve VanDeWalle, Deputy Director, Rochester NORML

    “There’s a lot of cannabis users, there’s a lot of people that use but are afraid to come out of the cannabis closet. Come out of the closet, be loud, be proud, because it’s coming.”

    Read more from WXXI News!

    Follow Rochester NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Tom McCain, Executive Director, Peachtree NORML

    “I see it as a step forward for the possibility of getting some type of cannabinoid medicine to patients in Georgia who have been authorized to have it since 2015 but have had no way to legally get it.”

    Read more from the Daily Caller!

    “We advocate for the freedom of adults in the United States to make their own decisions about cannabis,” said Tom McCain, executive director for the state group. “It’s not the dangerous thing that ‘Reefer Madness’ and all of the hype makes it out to be.”

    Read more from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution!

    Follow Peachtree NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

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    For more than 45 years NORML chapters have been the driving force behind policy decisions on the local and state level. Have you connected with your local NORML chapter? If there isn’t one in your community, please email NORML Outreach Director Kevin Mahmalji at KevinM@NORML.org for help with starting your own! 

    Ready to start a NORML chapter in your hometown? Click here to find out how!

     

  • by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Director February 1, 2019

    Everyday NORML Chapters from around the country invest countless hours in advocating for meaningful marijuana law reforms on the local, state and federal level! Below is a brief rundown of some of their most recent accomplishments.

    NORML Chapters Organized and Energized for State Legislative Sessions in 2019

    “That’s why dozens of NORML chapters are organizing citizen lobby days to advocate for the end of marijuana prohibition and other reforms ranging from depenalization and expungement, to workplace drug testing and social consumption.”

    Read more from NORML.org!

    Follow NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Chicago NORML Continues Push for Diversity in Cannabis Industry

    “Recognizing the short window of time available to shape the cannabis industry in Illinois, Chicago NORML and BlackRoots Alliance plan to bring the issues of racial equity and restorative justice in the cannabis industry to the forefront of the public’s attention.”

    Read more from In These Times!

    Follow Chicago NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Mid-Missouri NORML Hosted Medical Marijuana Panel Discussion

    “Because voters approved Amendment 2 in the November general election, the panel will discuss how medical marijuana will work in Missouri, along with what constitutional rights people have when dealing with police.”

    Read more from the Missourian!

    Follow Mid-Missouri NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Texas NORML Hosted Advocacy Training for 2019 Legislative Session  

    “The Texas chapter of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws hosted an advocacy training day on Saturday with Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy and Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition.”

    Read more from the Austin Business Journal!

    Follow Texas NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Virginia NORML Hosted 2019 Cannabis Conference and Lobby Day

    “About 150 people, including health care providers and attorneys, attended the Virginia 2019 Cannabis Conference, held by the Virginia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.”

    Read more from WTKR News 3!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Washington NORML Continues to Make Home Cultivation a Top Legislative Priority

    “Bailey Hirschburg of the Washington chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws contended that all other states with legalized recreational marijuana have allowed home-growing for recreational use.”

    Read more from Crosscut!

    Follow Washington NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    NORML Leaders in the Media

    Ashley Weber, Executive Director, Colorado NORML

    “It’s about getting to know your representatives, and writing them daily if something’s important. Make appointments, become an acquaintance with them.”

    Read more from NORML!

    Follow Colorado NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Brian Seamonson, Deputy Director, Madison NORML

    “I think it’s there and people are coming around,” Seamonson said. “They’re not being afraid to talk about it anymore.”

    Read more from Wisconsin Public Radio!

    Follow Madison NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Chris Cano, Executive Director, Central Florida NORML

    “The method of ingestion for someone utilizing medical marijuana should be between them and their doctor, not the state legislature.”

    Read more from WFLA News 8!

    Follow Central Florida NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Cindy Cutler, Board Member, Virginia NORML

    “We would certainly like to see other Commonwealth’s Attorneys follow the lead of Greg Underwood and would like to see our General Assembly this year address the decriminalization of marijuana.”

    Read more from WTKR 3!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Dan Viets, Executive Director, Missouri NORML

    “Boone County voters clearly favor making marijuana possession enforcement a very low priority. It would be very appropriate for our prosecutors to do the same thing that the prosecutors in St. Louis County, St. Louis City and Jackson County have already done.”

    Read more from KOMU 8!

    Follow Missouri NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    David Phipps, Communication Director, Indiana NORML

    “CBD is usually the first step most states take, because it does not have THC in it. Or it has extremely low amounts.”

    Read more from My Wabash Valley!

    Follow Indiana NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Doug Green, Legislative Director, Empire State NORML

    “They are big, basically out-of-state corporations, some of which are publicly traded, and they don’t represent the communities that need to have equity in the industry, not just an opportunity for jobs or job training.”

    Read more from Crain’s!

    Follow Empire State NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Ellen Komp, Deputy Director, California NORML

    “Keeping in place local bans on retail outlets and consumption rooms and keeping the state law allowing employers to continue to discriminate against workers for off the job abuse of cannabis, even for medical use.”

    Read more from 790 KABC!

    Follow California NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Ellen Komp, Deputy Director, California NORML

    “Right now, the money from Measure D could be used for anything. We’re going to have to hold public officials accountable to make sure this happens.”

    Read more from The Potrero View!

    Follow California NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Ellen Komp, Deputy Director, California NORML

    “We’re hearing rumors that there may be legislation in Sacramento this year to put into law a provision to strike deliveries around the state.”

    Read more from SF Weekly!

    Follow California NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Ellen Komp, Deputy Director, California NORML

    “The positive socialization aspect of cannabis use is long-established and forcing people to consume only in their homes (if permitted) separates people unnecessarily.”

    Read more from Cannabis Now!

    Follow California NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Ellen Komp, Deputy Director, California NORML

    “Lowering state excise taxes will help the legal marijuana industry gain a better foothold over the black market in California.”

    Read more from the Tahoe Daily Tribune!

    Follow California NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Eric Marsch, Executive Director, Southeastern Wisconsin NORML

    “We ask that he include cannabis law reform, ideally in the form of adult recreational legalization, in his upcoming budget proposal so we can finally put an end to the injustices of cannabis prohibition.”

    Read more from the Green Bay Progressive!

    Follow Southeastern Wisconsin NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Eric Marsch, Executive Director, Southeastern Wisconsin NORML

    “They had on average a 25-percent reduction in both opiate overdose deaths and admissions to treatment for opiate addiction.”

    Read more from the WTMJ TV!

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    Jax Finkle, Executive Director, Texas NORML

    “I’m going to kick off the night talking about the Farm Bill.”

    Read more from Dallas News!

    Follow Texas NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Jay Selthofner, Executive Director, Northern Wisconsin NORML

    “The best way to combat illicit marijuana coming into your state is to develop a program opposite of prohibition.”

    Read more from Fox 11!

    Follow Northwest Wisconsin NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Jay Selthofner, Executive Director, Northern Wisconsin NORML

    “It is going to be a business that wants to open up within the boundary of a municipality that will be the one willing to spend the resources needed to petition.”

    Read more from the Daily Press!

    Follow Northwest Wisconsin NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML

    “It’s time for the courts of justice committee in the Senate to advance this legislation. If it doesn’t get a floor vote we can only look to the controlling members of those committees who are not supporting what Virginians are demanding.”

    Read more from WHSV 3!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML

    “Cannabis policy will be the loudest it’s ever been on the campaign trail in 2019.”

    Read more from the Richmond Free Press!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML

    “Three quarters of Virginians support marijuana decriminalization or ‘fines not crimes,’ and nine out of ten Virginians support doctor-recommended medical cannabis.”

    Read more from Alt Daily!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML

    “These members are primarily prosecutors, former prosecutors, former law enforcement, and maintaining the status quo is something that works for them.”

    Read more from Public New Service!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML

    “Will Virginia eventually decriminalize personal possession of marijuana? Yes. Will it be in 2019? That’s very unlikely.”

    Read more from Southside Daily!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML

    “In 2016, we passed a bill that let us go forth and write a regulatory program that was based on Connecticut’s then-program, which was also low-THC, extraction-based products only and served to a small set of patients.”

    Read more from WTVR CBS 6!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Jesse Scaccia, Fundraising Director, Virginia NORML

    “The facts and the research are on our side, we are very lucky that there are 10 states ahead of us with adult regulated use so that’s essentially ten case studies.”

    Read more from 13 News Now!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Jesse Scaccia, Fundraising Director, Virginia NORML

    “Just as every Virginian should be able to enjoy a bourbon or a beer in their home, so they should enjoy marijuana.”

    Read more from WAVY TV 10!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Josh Brard, President, Purdue NORML

    “Marijuana became illegal not because of what it is but because of the propaganda behind it, and propaganda is just misinformation.”

    Read more from The Exponent!

    Follow Purdue NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Katie Clifton, Board Member, Virginia NORML

    “We are very frustrated that the General Assembly is not listening to what the majority of voters are saying about marijuana legislation.”

    Read more from WDBJ 7!

    Follow Virginia NORML on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and become a member today!

    Kevin Oliver, Executive Director, Washington NORML

    “I believe there will be a home-grow bill this year.”

    Read more from the Inlander!

    Follow Washington NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Lee Otts, Executive Director, Memphis NORML

    “While we’re encouraged by republicans coming forward with it, we’re cautiously optimistic about what it should contain.”

    Read more from Local Memphis!

    Follow Memphis NORML on Facebook and become a member today!   

    Matthew Abel, Executive Director, Michigan NORML

    “He was one of the first to go public that marijuana should be legal and has stayed with the fight all these many years. It’s great that we have him as a senior leader of the movement.”

    Read more from Fox 17!

    Follow Michigan NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Matthew Abel, Executive Director, Michigan NORML

    “We replaced the governor and Gretchen Whitmer replaced the director of LARA and even in this first month they already have taken action to benefit patients.”

    Read more from The Manchester Mirror!

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    Rick Thompson, Board Member, Michigan NORML

    “When these specialty medications are not available, it significantly affects the health and welfare of the people across the state. That should be a cause for concern for everyone involved.”

    Read more from the Lansing City Pulse!

    Follow Michigan NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Tom Gallagher, Board Member, Minnesota NORML

    “A majority of Republican voters support legalization, so it is a bipartisan issue.”

    Read more from KARE 11!

    Follow Minnesota NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Tom Gallagher, Board Member, Minnesota NORML

    “About 500 people per year have been going to prison in Minnesota for marijuana cases.”

    Read more from WCCO TV!

    Follow Minnesota NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Marijuana policy should be evidence based. Help dispel the myths and misinformation with NORML’s Fact Sheets!

    For more than 45 years NORML chapters have been the driving force behind policy decisions on the local and state level. Have you connected with your local NORML chapter? If there isn’t one in your community, please email NORML Outreach Director Kevin Mahmalji at KevinM@NORML.org for help with starting your own!

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  • by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Director December 1, 2018

    Everyday NORML Chapters from around the country invest countless hours in advocating for meaningful marijuana law reforms on the local, state and federal level! Below is a brief rundown of some of their most recent accomplishments.

    Members of  NORML Chapters in Missouri Host Community Discussion About Amendment 2

    “MU NORML, the Mizzou chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, hosted a cannabis conference Saturday with Missouri NORML and Show-Me Cannabis.”

    Read more from ABC 17!

    Follow University of Missouri NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    NORML Leaders in the Media

    Abner Brown, Executive Director, North Carolina NORML

    “We’re going to set ourselves up for the best chance possible,” Brown said. “We’ve sent letters out and have contacted all of our elected officials in North Carolina, and those that were running, to get their responses about how they felt about cannabis reform.”

    Read more from WSPA 7 News!

    Follow North Carolina NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Alan Robinson, Communications Director, Madison NORML

    Robinson could not be happier about Walker’s election defeat, since he historically has not supported legalizing marijuana and in May referred to it as a “gateway drug” during an interview on WISN-TV.

    Read more from The Badger Herald!

    Follow Madison NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Ali Nagib, Deputy Director, Illinois NORML

    Nagib said regulations might include limits on the potency of marijuana. And he wonders whether the “number of licenses will be limited and if there’ll be something favoring small businesses.”

    Read more from the Rockford Register Star!

    Follow Illinois NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Chris Goldstein, Executive Director, South Philly NORML

    “Goldstein, however, said the new bill is part of a blinkered mentality that will prevent the city from taking full advantage of the medical marijuana industry and, he claims, eventually full-scale legalization.”

    Read more from WHYY Public Media!

    Follow South Philly NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Andy Lee, Communications Director, NORML Canada

    “A diverse cannabis sector will, ultimately, provide the most innovation, establish high-quality products and a better experience for consumers,”

    Read more from The Province!

    Follow NORML Canada on Facebook and become a member today!

    Christeen Landino, Deputy Director, Michigan NORML

    “Landino recalls getting busted for pot in 1968 and attending her first demonstration about marijuana in Detroit in 1974. That one was in support of a decriminalization effort that never made it to the ballot.”

    Read more from the Detroit Metro Times!

    Follow Michigan NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Dan Viets, Executive Director, Missouri NORML

    The measure will officially go into effect Dec. 6, according to Dan Viets, president of New Approach Missouri. But it could be as much as a year later before patients will have access to cannabis.”

    Read more from KOMU 8!

    Follow Missouri NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Dan Viets, Executive Director, Missouri NORML

    “Prices will reflect the content of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetryhydrocannabinol (THC), both active compounds found in marijuana, said Dan Viets, president of Amendment 2’s campaign committee and president of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Foundation, or the NORML Foundation.”

    Read more from the Missourian!

    Follow Missouri NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Dan Viets, Executive Director, Missouri NORML

    “‘Certification’ is the correct term,” Viets said. Doctors will provide patients with a document allowing marijuana use if the patient has been diagnosed with one or more of a list of diseases listed in the amendment.

    Read more from Springfield News-Leader!

    Follow Missouri NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Dan Viets, Executive Director, Missouri NORML

    “Viets has been working with Missouri NORML to answer as many questions as possible about the new laws, and admits that there are still a few things that are still coming together but said they’re working to get everything in motion as quickly as possible.”

    Read more from ABC 17 News!

    Follow Missouri NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    David Holland, Board Member, Empire State NORML

    National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) lawyer David Holland was recruited by Tesoriero to explain the impacts marijuana arrests can have on people.”

    Read more from The New Paltz Oracle!

    Follow Empire State NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    David Phipps, Communications Director, Indiana NORML

    “Some marijuana advocates downstate, meanwhile, think Michigan’s legalization could spur Hoosier legislators — maybe within the next year or two — to take action on the issue of medical marijuana, which has gradually gained attention over the last decade.”

    Read more from News Bug!

    Follow Indiana NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Doug Greene, Legislative Director, Empire State NORML

    “New York — which already allows medical use of marijuana — will legalize its recreational use next year. He noted that the newly elected senators headed to Albany in January include a number of young progressives who will support legalization.”

    Read more from Times Herald-Record!

    Follow Empire State NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Eric Marsch, Executive Director, Southeastern Wisconsin NORML

    “It’s clear that its popularity is overwhelming. It’s even more popular than many of the candidates who were elected in those areas.”

    Read more from WISN 12 News!

    Follow Southeastern Wisconsin NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Eric Marsch, Executive Director, Southeastern Wisconsin NORML

    “Both are very supportive of medical cannabis and open-minded on recreational cannabis,” Marsh said in an interview. “The close margin in those statewide races means they both owe their jobs to the hundreds of thousands of cannabis voters who came out to support the referendums.”

    Read more from the Daily Cardinal!

    Follow Southeastern Wisconsin NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Jax Finkle, Executive Director, Texas NORML

    “I don’t think that’s going to be a conversation this session,” Finkle told the Dallas Observer. “Texans like to consider themselves their own nation state. We like to do things our own way, and that means that [recreational legalization] will probably be later.”

    Read more from Civilized!

    Follow Texas NORML on Facebook and become a member today! 

    Kandice Hawes, Executive Director, Orange County NORML

    “Hawes founded Orange County NORML in 2003 after losing her college financial aid due to a marijuana possession charge. OC NORML has been instrumental in getting recreational marijuana legalized in California, organizing the Medical Cannabis Conference for Seniors in Laguna Woods Village, and working to end the lengthy incarceration of nonviolent marijuana prisoners.”

    Read more from The Indy!

    Follow Orange County NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Luis Nakamoto, Executive Director, San Antonio NORML

    “San Antonio NORML, the local chapter for reform on marijuana laws, is hopeful this go-around in terms of the next legislative session. State Senator Jose Menendez filed S.B. 90. He hopes to expand the Texas Compassionate Use Program.”

    Read more from KENS 5!

    Follow San Antonio NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Madisen Saglibene, Executive Director, Nevada NORML

    “It’s unlikely that President Trump’s new attorney general will spread reefer madness and misinformation to the same extent that Mr. Sessions has,”

    Read more from the Las Vegas Review-Journal!

    Follow Nevada NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Mary Krueger, Executive Director, Rochester NORML

    “It’s already in our communities, kids are already getting it. When you regulate it, you take it out of the black market, you put it into a store and then you can go after the people who are giving it to kids.”

    Read more from News 10 NBC!

    Follow Rochester NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Mary Krueger, Executive Director, Rochester NORML

    “She and other justice advocates urge lawmakers to vacate or seal records of low-level possession and sale charges brought in the past. They also push for people who are currently incarcerated for such crimes to be released or have their sentences reduced to time served.”

    Read more from The River Reporter!

    Follow Rochester NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Matthew Able, Executive Director, Michigan NORML

    “I expect a rush on the grow stores in December because people are going to be getting lights and fans for Christmas.”

    Read more from the Detroit Free Press!

    Follow Michigan NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Matthew Able, Executive Director, Michigan NORML

    “It has not been a smooth roll out on the part of the state,” Abel said. “You’d think Michigan would learn from other states — simple things, like license growers first.”

    Read more from Revue!

    Follow Michigan NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Michael Ford, Executive Director, Minnesota NORML

    “Michael Ford and lifelong marijuana activist Oliver Steinberg, offers a moralistic wish list that includes home growing, release of nonviolent offenders, retroactive expungement, public consumption, and a purchasing age of 18.”

    Read more from City Pages!

    Follow Minnesota NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Mya Smith, Board Member, Purdue NORML

    “I have no doubt in my mind that it would become legal if they put it on a ballot.”

    Read more from WLFI 18!

    Follow Purdue NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Rick Thompson, Board Member, Michigan NORML

    “This isn’t done. Just because we passed legalization we have many more hurdles to accomplish. expungement is one, federal banking is one, criminal justice reform on the national scale.”

    Read more from NBC 25 News!

    Follow Michigan NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Rick Thompson, Board Member, Michigan NORML

    “A person who may have consumed cannabis several days ago might still test positive for the presence of cannabis,” said Thompson. “That does not indicate they were using their automobile in an impaired way.”

    Read more from WSBT 22!

    Follow Michigan NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Rick Thompson, Board Member, Michigan NORML

    “It was very predictable that this would happen and just underscores that there needs to be a change in federal law.”

    Read more from the Detroit Free Press!

    Follow Michigan NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Pam Dyer, Executive Director, Eastern Washington Women of NORML

    “Dyer says consuming raw cannabis has also relieved a friend’s rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. While she doesn’t get high from eating the leaves and stems, Dyer does say that she has to reduce how much cannabis she ingests through other methods.”

    Read more from The Spokesman-Review!

    Follow Eastern Washington Women of NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Paul Kirchberg, Executive Director, Connecticut NORML

    “We know it’s safer than alcohol,” he said “If we can honestly have an open conversation about cannabis, we can realize that right now there are 30,000 people in Connecticut who are living proof that it’s not something to fear. Adult consumption, however, requires a certain level of responsibility.”

    Read more from the Connecticut Post!

    Follow Connecticut NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    For more than 45 years NORML chapters have been the driving force behind policy decisions on the local and state level. Have you connected with your local NORML chapter? If there isn’t one in your community, please email NORML Outreach Director Kevin Mahmalji at KevinM@NORML.org for help with starting your own!

    Ready to start a NORML chapter in your hometown? Click here to find out how!

  • by Matthew Maulding, Executive Director, NORML of Catawba Valley October 5, 2018

    In North Carolina there is only one way we will be able to achieve any level of cannabis reform at the state level, that way is through our legislators in Raleigh.

    Currently, the amount of legislators in office that are supportive of cannabis reform is pretty much nil. Zero. Nada. There are few representatives that are supportive currently but they can’t do anything by themselves. They need other supporters in Raleigh with them.

    Click Here to View NORML’s  North Carolina Voter Guide

    How do we achieve this goal of cannabis reform that we all supposedly hold so dear then if there isn’t anyone willing to change the laws from the inside for us? The answer is, and you’re gonna hate it, vote. We MUST vote, one district at a time, to increase the amount of legislators in Raleigh that support cannabis reform from just a handful of legislators to an abundance of legislators.

    This isn’t going to happen “overnight”, or in one election cycle. This is going to take years to evolve but we must start now. There is nothing we can do about the past and how organizations like ours have tried to get the reform we want, but we can make an assertive effort to change the future.

    I use this analogy all the time when I refer to the reform efforts here in North Carolina; this movement is like a car that’s ran out of gas. In order for us to get the car running and to get where we want, we have to push the car to the gas station. It takes a lot of effort to initially get the car moving, but once it gets rolling it goes faster and gets easier to push. Up till now, I think many separate organizations and activists looked at the car in the past and couldn’t figure out how to get it to the gas station. However, now I feel we have a path towards victory.While its not an easy path, there is only one way we can do it.

    Voting the right candidates in and increasing the number of allies in the Legislative Building in Raleigh starts with this year and starts getting the car rolling. Lobbying efforts in-between elections help keep the car rolling. Then, every election year we can increase our allies through the elections which helps the car pick up speed and helps us “get gas”. Getting favorable numbers in Raleigh will be like finally getting gas in the car in which we can start the car, and drive the rest of the way to the finish line.

    Click Here to View NORML’s North Carolina Voter Guide

    The bottom line is, cannabis reform in North Carolina starts with this election, continues through lobbying efforts in “off-election years”, and then builds speed through every election from here on out. Get out and vote for cannabis friendly candidates every single election and we will get the reform we all need, it’s that simple. It’s a long process but it’s simple.

    For more info about cannabis law reform efforts in North Carolina, please visit http://ncnorml.org/ or email normlofcatawbavalley@gmail.com. You can also follow North Carolina NORML on FaceBook and Twitter!

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