Loading

NORML Chapters

  • by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Director August 1, 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.

    2019 NORML Conference

    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 Chapters in the Media

    NORML KC Continues Push to Expand Patient Access 

    “Members of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws pushed to reduce the buffer zone to only 300 feet, something Mayor-Elect Quinton Lucas had proposed earlier.”

    Read More from Fox 4 News!

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

    Memphis NORML Refocuses Efforts to End Marijuana Prohibition

    “The end goal is always recreational. We believe in responsible use of cannabis, period. For consenting adults over 21, they should have no problem being able to go purchase cannabis.”

    Read more from the Memphis Flyer!

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

    NORML Leaders in the Media

    Alan Robinson, Executive Director, Wisconsin NORML

    “The decriminalization and legalization of cannabis is one of the ways this country can undo some of the systematic and intentional racism.”

    Read more from ISTHMUS!

    Follow Wisconsin NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Dan Viets, Executive Director, Missouri NORML 

    “They’ll compromise the hell out of anything if it’s in the least controversial.”

    Read more from Riverfront Times!

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

    Jamie Kacz, Executive Director, NORML KC

    “We want patients to be able to have access to their medicine so they don’t have to have any unnecessary burden.”

    Read more from KSHB-TV!

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

    Jamie Spencer, Legal Counsel, Texas NORML 

    “This is good news for everyone in Texas — not only those who want to smoke marijuana, but the other majority of Texans that don’t use marijuana but think it’s ridiculous that it’s still a crime at all.”

    Read more from the Statesman

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

    Jax Finkle, Executive Director, Texas NORML 

    “People are just having a conversation of where should our tax dollars be spent on crimes and clearly low-level offenses, where people aren’t really bothering anyone, have really become not a priority for the general public.”

    Read more from Your Basin

    “HB 3703 will ensure more patients have access to medicine which will have a positive impact on their lives.”

    Read more from the Statesman!

    “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 Alice Echo News Journal!

    “This is a real-world test run for what it will be like if we don’t prosecute for marijuana. We’ll see that it’s not worth the resources or testing cost.”

    Read more from The Austin Chronicle

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

    Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML

    “Now, the million dollar question is when will we get more?” Pedini said of the processors. “And that’s really up to Virginians and who they elect to represent them in the General Assembly.”

    Hear more on WCVE!

    “Virginians overwhelmingly want a fine, not a crime, for marijuana possession.”

    Read more from The Washington Post!

    “The Commonwealth now spends over $100M annually enforcing marijuana prohibition, at time when over three quarters of Virginians favor fines not crimes for simple possession and six in ten support legalizing and regulating responsible adult-use.”

    Read more from Weed News!

    “It really comes down to the Senate Courts of Justice Committee and the House Courts of Justice Committee. That’s where marijuana reform goes to die.”

    Read more from RVA Magazine

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

    Mary Kruger, Executive Director, Rochester NORML

    “It leaves us asking many questions about how the complicated/costly process of expungement is going to be covered and done automatically by the State,”

    Read more from Forbes!

    “If someone has a misdemeanor level drug charge on their record, that has collateral consequences throughout their life.”

    Read more from WHEC TV!

    “Actual decriminalization would be it’s okay to grow the plant, it’s okay to sell the plant, it’s okay to consume the plant in spaces that are designated for consumption. None of that is happening with this bill.”

    Read more from WHEC TV!

    “We know we’re moving in the right direction, and we’re not going away.”

    Read more from City Newspaper!

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

    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 West Hartford News!

    Follow Connecticut NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    Rick Thompson, Board Member, Michigan NORML

    “There remains concern that the initial recreational demand will strip out the supply and cause market disruption.”

    Read more from M Live!

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

     

    Legalize marijuana

    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 Jamie Kacz, Executive Director of NORML KC July 16, 2019

    Things are heating up in Kansas City!

    We are happy with the outcome of Kansas City’s Council vote to reduce the buffer zone from daycares, churches and schools to 300ft. We appreciate the Councilmembers hearing our testimony and taking our concerns into consideration. We look forward to working with them again in the future. Thank you to newly elected Mayor Quinton Lucas for working with us on this. THANK YOU to everyone who called, emailed, tweeted, texted, and who showed up to give public testimony over the last few weeks. It’s incredible what a small group of supporters can accomplish when we come together!

    From the The Kansas City Star: “The ordinance passed Thursday places medical marijuana facilities a minimum of 300 feet away from schools, churches and day care facilities. Cultivators, manufacturers and testers face the same distance requirement for day care facilities and churches, but they must be at least 750 feet from schools.”

    Patient Seminars II – Home Cultivation and Compliance 

    Are you planning to cultivate your own medical cannabis or interested in being a caregiver? Please make plans to join us for our Patient Seminar II: Home Cultivation and Compliance. We will be breaking all of this information down into easy-to-understand steps. Join us at the 18th Street Union on July 20, from 2pm-4pm. This location is accessible and the general public is welcome to attend. We will also be discussing chapter updates, continued efforts and upcoming events.

    Our Special Guest Speakers Will Be:

    Kevin Mahmalji is the national outreach director for NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

    As a registered medical marijuana patient in the state of Colorado, Kevin has been growing marijuana for almost a decade. Most of his work has been from seed, both regular and feminized, but has also grown from clone. Much of his growing experience has been indoor, but recently expanded to try his luck with Colorado’s unpredictable outdoor growing season.

    As a self-taught grower, Kevin has real world experience with each stage of the marijuana plant’s life cycle. From germination and seedlings, to vegetative and flowering, he has the proven knowledge to sustain a perpetual harvest and maximize yields. In 2015 Kevin used his knowledge of cultivating marijuana to organize Colorado’s first home grow safety symposium, which brought together top breeders, respected growers and processors and other thought leaders to explore the world of personal cultivation.

    Paul Anderson is a licensed lawyer and experienced litigator in the state of Missouri. He helped pioneer one of the most prominent battles in sports – the NFL and NCAA Concussion Litigation.

    Medical marijuana is of special interest to Paul since he knows firsthand the devastating effects traumatic brain injuries have had on his clients and the public. The promising medical literature points to cannabis as being a tool to combat and treat brain injuries. With the passage of Amendment 2, Paul intends to be at the forefront of accelerating access to qualifying patients.

    Be sure to Save the Date for our Summer Seminars III (Cannabis and Mental Health) on August 17 

    We are looking for volunteers to help at The Whole Person’s Main Street Music Festival, on July 27. We have shifts available throughout the day to help at our booth.  For more information, please email us at newnormlkc@gmail.com

    Are you a business owner who would like to sponsor one of our upcoming meeting or events? Contact us at newnormlkc@gmail.com. Please consider making a donation to help us further marijuana law reform and continued community and patient education.

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

     

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

    home cultivation

    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! 

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

    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

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

    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!

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

    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

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

    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!

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

    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! 

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

    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

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

    Karen Goldstein, Executive Director, NORML of Florida 

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

    Read more from Talking Points Memo

    Follow NORML of Florida on Facebook, Twitter and become a member today

    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.”

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

    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!

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

    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

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

    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

    Follow Connecticut NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    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 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!

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

    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!

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

    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!

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

    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!

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

    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!

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

    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!

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

    Donte Townsend, Co-founder, Chicago NORML

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

    Read more from SaukValley.com!

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

    Doug Green, Legislative Director, Empire State NORML

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

    Read more from Newsday!

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

    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!

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

    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!

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

    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!

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

    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!

    Follow Hub City NORML on Facebook and become a member today!

    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!

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

    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!

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

    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!

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

    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!

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

    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 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!

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

    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!

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

    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!

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

     

Page 1 of 712345...Last »