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  • by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Director July 3, 2019

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    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 and register today

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

    Rochester NORML Publishes Report to Highlight Arrest Rates for Marijuana Offenses

    “A local marijuana advocacy group in Rochester, NORML, and other community groups released a report that found Monroe County had the fifth-highest arrest rates for low-level marijuana-related offenses in the state, outside of New York City.”

    Read More from 10 WHEC!

    Virginia NORML Continues Push to Expand Access Through Education  

    “Virginia NORML is trying to make this search easier for patients. In order to register for Virginia’s medical cannabis program, patients must first receive a written certification from a registered physician. They have created a physician’s directory of doctors registered with the board of pharmacy to recommend medical cannabis.”

    Read more from News Leader!

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

    NORML Leaders in the Media

    Ashley Weber, Executive Director, Colorado NORML 

    “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 Fix

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

    Chris Goldstein, Executive Director, South Philly NORML 

    “A nightmare scenario come to life.”

    Read more from The Morning Call!

    Follow South Philly NORML on Facebook and become a member today

    Christine Kramar, Board Member, Nevada NORML 

    “If you are effectively using marijuana, you will be at a leveling point; you are not high.

    Read more from the Reno Gazette Journal!

    Follow Nevada NORML on Facebook and become a member today

    Dale Geringer, Executive Director, California NORML

    “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 California City News

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

    Dan Linn, Executive Director, Illinois NORML 

    “It’s an extension of Jim Crow and it disproportionately impacted communities of color. It saddled minorities with arrest records and in some cases felonies that prevented them from going to college or getting a job.”

    Read more from rrstar.com!

    “Cannabis criminalization in Illinois is coming to an end. While this bill isn’t perfect, it does provide a pathway for adults to legally obtain and consume cannabis. It also expands access and rights for qualified medical patients. Importantly, the bill provides much needed relief to those most harmed by the legacy of prohibition.”

    Read more from Washington Blade

    “Consumers who already have access will probably decide to continue to purchase it illegally above that $60 amount.”

    Read more from Chicago Sun Times

    “After a few years, when the tolerance level towards cannabis consumption in general is a little more accepting, you might be able to find the General Assembly having enough votes to pass something that does have a specific license that the state would be awarding to these types of businesses.”

    Read more from Chicago Sun Times! 

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    Dan Viets, Executive Director, Missouri NORML 

    “Because marijuana is still illegal under federal statutes, many banks are reluctant to offer loans for a medical marijuana business, though it’s possible to get loans from private individuals.”

    Read more from the Bonner County Daily Bee

    Follow Missouri NORML on Facebook and become a member today

    Dante Townsend, Founder, Chicago NORML 

    “A lot of these neighborhoods that have the potential of being gentrified are going to be flooded with dispensaries and then when it comes time for other applicants, specifically the social equity applicants, to look for a location or get started, they won’t have anywhere to go.”

    Read more from Chicago Sun Times

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    Edie Moore, Executive Director, Chicago NORML 

    “It still won’t be legal to sell or smoke on the street. We have to educate our community so they’re not running into overzealous cops looking to bust people for breaking the law.”

    Read more from the Chicago Tribune!

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    Jason Klimek, Political Director, Rochester NORML 

    “Not legalizing really isn’t where we want to be as an organization and as a state.”

    Read more from Spectrum News

    “I think it just came down to the wire, and one of the real issues is a hastily drafted bill is ready for abuse,” he says. “We would rather take the time, then try to push something through.” 

    Read more from 13 WHAM

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    Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML

    “This really moves this important issue to the front burner of Virginia politics.” 

    Read more from The Washington Post

    “Virginia NORML is dedicated to ensuring and expanding patient access.”

    Read more from News Leader!

    “The public’s response to Attorney General Herring’s statement not only supporting decriminalizing but legalizing and regulating adult use of marijuana has been overwhelmingly positive.”

    Read more from 13 News Now

    “It’s always important for an issue to have strong support within the administration.”

    Read more from WHSV – TV3!

    “Public support for meaningful reform is at an all time high, and candidates on the 2019 campaign trail are talking about marijuana more than ever.”

    Read more from the Daily Press!

    “In the past, we’ve had conversations focused around policy, now we can have a public conversation about the real implications.”

    Read more from Southside Daily!

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    Jessica Struzik, Secretary, Northern Wisconsin NORML

    “A dispensary is needed for anyone who can’t grow their own. I wouldn’t want to see a child smoking marijuana and we should, as adults keep it away from them. But that doesn’t mean keeping it away from other grown adults.”

    Read more from the Eagle Herald! 

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    Justin See, Communication Director, Indiana NORML 

    “If Indiana’s elected officials insist on continuing to criminalize cannabis use, law enforcement is going to have a lot of work on their hands when Illinois implements legal sale.”

    Read more from Indy Politics

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    Karen Goldstein, Executive Director, NORML of Florida 

    “It will definitely stifle our voice, there’s no question.”

    Read more from Talking Points Memo

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    Madisen Saglibene, Executive Director, Nevada NORML 

    “It was one of those things where we were meeting with legislators and they were like, Absolutely not. We are not taking away employers’ right to hire who they want.”

    Read more from Vice

    “We’re very pleased. This isn’t the end-all-be-all but this is absolutely a step in the right direction.”

    Read more from The Business Journal

    Follow Nevada NORML on Facebook and become a member today

    Madeline Martinez, Executive Director, Oregon NORML 

    “If you have a record as a black market grower or distributor, you haven’t hurt anyone. But there are bad actors.”

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    Mary Kruger, Executive Director, Rochester NORML

    “This decriminalization doesn’t even address or touch on all the collateral consequences that come along with a misdemeanor prosecution.”

    Read more from 10 WHEC!

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    Matthew Abel, Executive Director, Michigan NORML

    “Expunging pot-related offenses would give them opportunities to get involved in the business aspect of this system.”

    Read more from Detroit Metro Times!   

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

    Michael Minardi, General Counsel, NORML of Florida

    “This next month is huge for us to get to Supreme Court review, with plenty of time to pass review.”

    Read more from Florida Politics

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    Paul Kirchberg, Executive Director, Connecticut NORML 

    “It’s very liberating here to be among other people in the cannabis industry, to be in a large venue like MassMutual and be able to be free of any prosecution or persecution. We hope Connecticut will follow suit quickly.”

    Read more from The Middletown Press

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    Penelope Crescibene, Board Member, Western New York NORML

    “For my medical needs I probably wouldn’t need more than six plants a year of even a small yield, like less than a pound. But I’ve heard from other medical patients who say there’s no way six plants would get them there because of the pain they’re in.”

    Read more from The Buffalo News

    Follow Western New York NORML on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today

    Steven Faber, Executive Director, Mid-Missouri NORML

    “It will at least allow a dispensary somewhere to be able to locate in the downtown area.”

    Read more from the Daily Columbia Tribune

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

    Steve VanDeWalle, Deputy Director, Rochester NORML

    “It is imperative that a significant amount of the revenue that comes from legalized marijuana go back into the communities impacted most by the war on drugs.”

    Read more from the Daily Messenger

    “She agreed to work with us further to make this an automatic process because these people who are convicted of low-level marijuana crimes, this should not be a reactive process.”

    Read more from Rochester First

    “This is objectively the best and most comprehensive cannabis bill in the country.”

    Read more from 13 WHAM!

    “It is imperative that a significant amount of the revenue that comes from legalized marijuana go back into the communities impacted most by the war on drugs.”

    Read more from 10 WHEC!

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

    Tina Ullman, Development Director, Las Vegas NORML 

    “Nevada voters did vote for recreational cannabis two years ago, and we ask that it be treated just like alcohol in question two, and that’s what we’re still asking today.”

    Read more from Fox News

    Follow Las Vegas NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Troy Smit, Deputy Director, Empire State NORML 

    “Never in my nearly ten-year history with the chapter have I ever been more hopeful about our chances of legalizing the responsible adult use of cannabis in New York.”

    Read more from Forbes!

    “If they come out with [another version], it’s almost guaranteed that it’s going to pass. I’d say it’s like an 80 percent chance because of just how committed the Gov. is in the media.”

    Read more from Cheddar!

    “Betrayal by the Democratic caucus that blocked this measure.”

    Read more from Cheddar! 

    Follow Empire State 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 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!

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

    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!

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

    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!

    Follow Wisconsin NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    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!

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

    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!

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

    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!

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

    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!

    Follow Wyoming NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    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!

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

    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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

    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!

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    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!

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    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! 

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  • by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Director April 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 are Leading the Way All Around the Country

    Only three months into the 2019 legislative session, with 45 NORML Lobby Days on the books, legalization proposals are swiftly moving forward in states across the country. Irrespective of geographic location or political ideology, lawmakers everywhere are beginning to realize that now is the time to take action on marijuana law reform.

    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

    “Chicago NORML, the Hyde Park-based branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, conducts classes to help underserved groups learn more about marijuana-related jobs.”

    Read more from Herald- Mail Media!

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

    Colorado NORML Announces Endorsement for Denver Mayoral Election

    “We caught up with Calderón shortly after her endorsement by the Colorado branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) to learn more about her thoughts on the cannabis industry, social pot consumption and more.”

    Read more from the Westword!

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

    Delaware NORML Hosted Spring Cannabis Advocate Training

    “Attendees will find out about the network’s Spring Outreach Strategy and learn about the tools and techniques to spread awareness about the urgent need for immediate cannabis policy reform in Delaware.”

    Read more from the Dover Post!

    Follow Delaware NORML on Facebook and Instagram and become a member today!

    Empire State NORML and Start SMART Coalition Highlight Racial Disparities in New York

    “Doug Greene of Empire State NORML and the Start SMART New York campaign coalition, spoke at a news conference at the state Supreme Court in Mineola, regarding a report that Nassau and Suffolk counties have the highest rates of low-level marijuana possession arrests in the state outside New York City, impacting minorities four times more than whites on Long Island and statewide.”

    Watch full Video here!

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    Rochester NORML Continues Push for Equitable Marijuana Legislation

    “If recreational pot is legalized in New York, leaders from local activist groups want some of the expected tax revenue to go back to the communities impacted by drugs.”

    Read more from WWXI News!

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

    Rochester NORML Participates in Marijuana Forum Hosted by Syracuse University

    “Steve Vandewalle, deputy chief of Roc NORML, the Rochester chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law, attended the Thursday Morning Roundtable. He said he appreciated that Conway was willing to have a conversation about legalization.”

    Read more from Syracuse.com!

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    NORML Leaders in the Media

    Radio: David Phipps, Communications Director, Indiana NORML

    Radio: Jay Selthofner, Executive Director, Northern Wisconsin NORML

    Aaron Romano, Legal Counsel, Connecticut NORML

    “We know big money is involved here.”

    Read more from the Connecticut Post!

    Follow Connecticut NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Chris Goldstein, Board Member, South New Jersey NORML

    “That is huge. No other state has even proposed to do anything like this.”

    Read more from Philly.com!

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

    Dan Linn, Executive Director, Illinois NORML

    “Unfortunately, I’d be surprised if the state opened up that second application round now that [recreational] adult use is on the horizon.”

    Read more from the Daily Chronicle!

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    Dan Viets, Executive Director, Missouri NORML

    “Just because they know about licensing in Colorado doesn’t mean that they know how things are going to work in Missouri.”

    Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch!

    “He is in fact encouraging employers to fire sick people because they’re using marijuana as medicine.”

    Read more from KOMU 8!

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    David Sloan, Legal Counsel, DFW NORML

    “I’ve been to states that have legalized, I’ve been involved in full legalization, and I just haven’t seen the harm that they’re talking about. It just isn’t there,”

    Read more from WFAA 8 News!

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    David Holland, Executive Director, Empire State NORML

    “I think it’s a drug that had been you know been demonized not only unfairly but without any true scientific basis.”

    Read more from WNYT 13 News!

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    Donte Townsend, Co-founder, Chicago NORML

    “Everything can flourish if we do this the right way.”

    Read more from SaukValley.com!

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    Doug Green, Legislative Director, Empire State NORML

    “We think it’s premature to opt out.”

    Read more from Newsday!

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    Evan Nison, 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 Insider NJ!

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    Jax Finkle, Executive Director, Texas NORML

    “It’s a real problem that saddles young people in particular with a criminal record, which can affect their ability to get grants, housing. It can also affect your ability to have a concealed handgun license.”

    Read more from KVUE!

    “It can be confusing. Hemp’s been declassified, yet it’s still kind of restricted because the 2018 hemp bill says you have to grow under a state sanctioned program. We don’t have that.”

    Read more from Fox 35!

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    Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML

    “This makes sure that those students, those patients that we initially wanted to provide relief to with these medical cannabis oils, now that they have them, and are able to return to school that they can take their medicine with them.”

    Read more from ABC 8 News!

    “This medicine is not like a regular medicine you can get at CVS where you can just go have your spouse pick it up,”

    Read more from WAVY TV 10!

    “This clarifies the formulation and allows pharmacists to dispense in any way the compounding pharmacies dispense.”

    Read more from The Roanoke Times!

    “But the good news for consumers is that they will have a place to go get safe, regulated medicine.”

    Read more from Richmond Times-Dispatch!

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    Jennifer Jeppson, Board Member, Hub City NORML

    “That’s what Texas is aiming for – that sweet spot where you have the medical benefits, but you don’t have the psycho active element.”

    Read more from KLBK News!

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    Jessica Kelly, Board Member, NORML Kansas City

    “Don’t implement any rules and regulations that make it virtually impossible for patients and caregivers to participate in the home cultivation of medical cannabis,”

    Read more from Fox 4 News!

    Follow NORML Kansas City on Facebook 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!

    Kiana Hughes, Education Director, Chicago NORML

    “So, the question for the black community is not what are we going to do about marijuana legalization, but rather, what are we going to do with it?”

    Read more from the Chicago Tribune!

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    Kelvin McCabe, Board Member, Illinois NORML

    “We do anticipate that we will need hundreds, and hundreds more licensed producers, different sizes, it’d be nice if they could be spread out to different communities.”

    Read more from Illinois News Network!

    “So right there you’re talking about adding 700,000 customers from just Illinois residents, not counting residents from Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kentucky.”

    Read more from Illinois News Network!

    “Again, it’s based on scale. The more licenses you have, the more businesses you have, the more jobs you create.”

    Read more from Illinois News Network!

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

    Lee Otts, Executive Director, Memphis NORML

    “I started trying cannabis and my quality of life started improving, my medication went down.”

    Read more from 10 News!

    “It’s really only a handful of people with a lot of money don’t want it legal.”

    Read more from LocalMemphis.com!

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

    Madeline Martinez, Board Member, Oregon NORML

    “Patients, renters, the poor, people of color and women are still marginalized for their cannabis use, despite legalization.”

    Read more from the Statesman Journal!

    Follow Oregon NORML on Facebook and Twitter 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 Herman Herald!

    Follow Nevada NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Mikel Weisser, Executive Director, Arizona NORML

    “I’m not wanting to go down the path of anything like 2016 again.”

    Read more from the Phoenix News Times!

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

    Patrick Nightingale, Executive Director, Pittsburgh NORML

    “The heavy-handed tactics employed cannot be justified by the seizure of ten plants. I do not understand why law enforcement couldn’t simply wait.”

    Read more from the Washington Post!

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

    Paul Kirchberg, Executive Director, Connecticut NORML

    “Right now the political climate in Connecticut is looking very promising to pass this session.”

    Read more from News 3!

    Follow Connecticut NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Rick Thompson, Board Member, Michigan NORML

    “Businesses are being created. Jobs are being created. And there’s redevelopment happening in dilapidated neighborhoods. The advantages of cannabis legalization are far-flung and just now being realized by the state.”

    Read more from the Detroit Free Press!

    “With such few players on the market, anything that unsettles one of the large cultivation centers could have a catastrophic effect on the supply chain.”

    Read more from M Live!

    “We’re going to see a reduced access for medical marijuana patients because of the shuttering of some of those provisioning centers that are in the process of licensing.”

    Read more from Michigan Public Radio!

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    Robert Rudnitsky, Executive Director, Philly NORML

    “I think we’re getting a lot of momentum. I do believe this is finally getting the voice of the people.”

    Read more from YourErie.com!

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

    Roger Green, Executive Director, Hudson Valley NORML

    “Synthetic marijuana, which has posed dangers to users, could be barred if marijuana was regulated.”

    Read more from The Examiner News!

    Follow Hudson Valley on Facebook and Twitter and become a member today!

    Scott Weldon, Executive Director, Lowcountry NORML

    “The war on marijuana has always stood side-by-side with oppressive and racist policies designed to benefit a few at the expense of many.”

    Read more from the Charleston City Paper!

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

    Steve VanDeWalle, Deputy Director, Rochester NORML

    “We can’t possibly start talking about profiting off this industry, and the economics, and the agriculture, and all the things that come with a thriving cannabis industry, without addressing the people that are sitting in jail.”

    Read more from 13 WHAM ABC!

    “At this point it’s who can make the most noise because there’s people who have committed to push this through and some politicians on the fence.”

    Read more from 13 WHAM ABC!

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    Tom Dean, Legal Director, Arizona NORML

    “Do we want four-year-olds to have to smoke marijuana, or put a couple drops of tincture under their tongue to alleviate, for example, chronic seizure disorder?”

    Read more from AZFamily.com!

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    Tom McCain, Executive Director, Peachtree NORML

    “It’s just the drug warrior mentality. This is the same county where the helicopters were flying and then they raided a man’s home over okra plants.”

    Read more from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution!

    “I was a little concerned that unless [Kemp] made some kind of statement that he was looking toward being favorable toward it, it wouldn’t get through the senate committee, but this is great news.”

    Read more from the Daily Caller!

    “As of today, Hemp has not been defined in Georgia law.  The Federal definition of Industrial Hemp is cannabis sativa L containing not more than 0.3 (three tenths) of a percent of THC on a day weight basis.”

    Read more from Atlanta Progressice 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 February 26, 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

    “Donte Townsend, the co-founder and media director of the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, agreed with Kenyatta and added that his organization would support establishing a Cannabis Equity Commission to figure out how to best use the marijuana tax revenues in minority communities. ”

    Read more from the Wednesday Journal!

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

    Members of Rochester NORML Debate Marijuana Legalization with Law Enforcement

    “We sit down with members of Roc NORML, a group that supports the decriminalization of cannabis; and members of local law enforcement, who who say legalizing marijuana would negatively impact traffic safety and impose additional costs to police departments.”

    Listen to the full debate from WXXI News!

    Follow Rochester NORML on Facebook and become a member today!  

    NORML Leaders in the Media

    Alan Robinson, Communications Director, Madison NORML

    “It does have incredible medical properties we haven’t been able to study because the federal government won’t allocate more funding for research.”

    Read more from The Eagle!

    Follow Madison NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Ashley Weber, Executive Director, Colorado NORML

    “Oral fluids and metabolites are not accurate. We can’t move forward with science that is not accurate and force people to have to pay for attorneys.”

    Read more from the Westword!

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

    Dale Gieringer, Executive Director, California NORML

    “Ultimately, the only thing that will stop large-scale profiteers and the environmental and public safety harms they cause is marijuana legalization at the federal level.”

    Read more from City Watch LA!

    “Although an overdose of pot edibles can indeed cause unconsciousness, cannabis has never been known to cause a fatal overdose — unlike tobacco, alcohol, and many other common household products that are not sold in childproof packages.”

    Read more from The Sacramento Bee!

    “Frankly we’ve seen very little at all about illegal activity in the way of growing in the wilderness the way we used to. Cartel involvement is a bugaboo they like to throw around.”

    Read more from WXXV 25!

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    Dan Linn, Executive Director, Illinois NORML

    “If you continue to have a limited number of (growers’) licenses, it’ll be more expensive, and you’ll get more people continuing to buy on the black market.”

    Read more from the Herald-Whig!

    “We think that this could save people’s lives, and we’re not exaggerating.”

    Read more from The State Journal-Register!

    “God put it on this planet for a reason. I don’t know why the bishops are concerned about undermining God’s credibility.”

    Read more from the Chicago Tribune!

    “We also think it would be good for consumers to be able to cultivate their own cannabis, as well as to have a cap on the licensing fees for the new businesses that would be created by that legislation.”

    “Read more from the Chicago Sun-Times!

    “We feel that patients and adults should be able to grow cannabis if they would like to.”

    “Read more from the Illinois News Network!

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    Edie Moore, Executive Director, Chicago NORML

    “We are proposing that there be expanded types of licensed businesses. Smaller grow facilities and consumption lounges.  We support those types of businesses in neighborhoods that are starving for revitalization.”

    Read more from Rollingout!

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    Michael Minardi, General Counsel, NORML of Florida

    “They’re going to either get it from the black market, as they already are, because they know it’s what works for them. Every other state in this country is laughing at us, saying that we gave our patients tinctures, and we have wax and shatter on the shelves, and not flower.”

    Read more from the Herald-Tribune!

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    Mikel Weisser, Executive Director, Arizona NORML

    “They’re aware that the future of the nation and Arizona are heading toward marijuana legalization,” Weisser said. “You can fight against it, but if you lose the battle you lose the ability to shape the future.”

    Read more from Weedmaps!

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    Ellen Komp, Deputy Director, California NORML

    “We’re happy California’s Senator Harris has evolved on the marijuana legalization issue and hope to dialog with her and her staff as her campaign moves forward.”

    Read more from City Watch LA!

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    Jay Selthofner, Treasurer, Northern Wisconsin NORML

    “Although I’m excited to hear Governor Evers talk about these things, I would’ve been more excited to see at least one Republican standing amongst their colleagues at an important crossroads like this for our state.”

    Read more from Fox 11!

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

    Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML

    “Right now, Virginia has not set any laws specific to CBD other than the ones for the medical cannabis program,”

    Read more from NBC 29!

    “These common-sense clarifications to the regulations will make for a smoother system, and better outcomes for patients, providers, and the community at large.”

    Read more from Weed News!  

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

    Matthew Abel, Executive Director, Michigan NORML

    “I think the attorney general decided they were the bit players and not the main culprits — and not worth them spending their time on negligible cases.”

    Read more from MLive!

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

    Michael Bachara, Board Member, Oregon NORML

    “Consumption of cannabis in public is illegal, yet tourists and patients and adults that rent rather than own their homes have the right to purchase and possess cannabis but no space they can legally consume.”

    Read more from KVAL 13!

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

    Rick Thompson, Board Member, Michigan NORML

    “This will just put some additional weight on the scales of justice, and I fully anticipate this measure to succeed. I’m confident in our new attorney general.”

    Read more from the Lansing City Pulse!

    “The state is collecting millions more than they expend every year. The fees should only be designed to recoup their costs.”

    Read more from the Detroit Free Press!

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

    Roger Green, Executive Director, Hudson Valley NORML

    “Kudos to state Assemblyman Kevin Cahill for courageously supporting cannabis legalization in New York. It is always refreshing when a political leader takes a principled stand.”

    Read more from the Daily Freeman!

    Follow Hudson Valley 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!

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