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History of NORML Awards (1998-2016)

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws presents awards at NORML events, legal seminars and conferences in recognition of extraordinary activism, academic study or political and cultural leadership in the field of marijuana and marijuana policy reform.

The awards are named in honor of the lifetime work of their namesake.


Michael J. Kennedy Social Justice Award (first given in 2016)

2016 Gerald H. Goldstein, Esq.

NORML's Lifetime Achievement Award in Grateful Recognition of A Lifetime Dedicated to Reforming Unjust Marijuana Laws and Advancing the Cause of Personal Freedom

2016 Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
2015 Eric Sterling, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation
2014 no award given
2013 no award given
2012 Steve Hager, High Times Magazine and
Kevin Zeese, Esq.
2011Richard Evans, Esq.
2010Marsha Rosenbaum, Ph.D
2009Steve Dillon, NORML Board of Directors
2008Michael Stepanian, Esq.
2007Ed Rosenthal
2006Dan Viets, Esq., NORML Board of Directors
2005Michael Aldrich, Ph.D.
2004Paul Kuhn, NORML Board of Directors
2002Jack Herer, author, Emperor Wears No Clothes
2001Richard Cowan
1998Arnold Trebach

Hunter S. Thompson NORML Media Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advancing the Cause of Ending Marijuana Prohibition

2016 Bruce Barcott, Deputy Editor at Leafly.com
2015 no award given
2014 no award given
2013 no award given
2012 Dominic Holden, Seattle Stranger
2011WestWord
2010Reason Foundation
2009High Times Magazine
2008Media Awareness Project, Inc (in memory of Derek Rea)
2007Michael Gray
2006Fred Gardner, Editor, O'Shaughnessy's
2005Rick Steves, Best Selling Travel Author and TV Host
2004Steve Bloom, Editor, High Times Magazine
2003 no award given
2002Bill Maher
2001Ron Mann, Director, Grass: The Movie

Peter McWilliams Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Advancing the Cause of Medical Marijuana

2016 Ken Wolski
2015 no award given
2014 no award given
2013 no award given
2012 Clint Werner, Author, San Francisco
2011David Bearman, M.D.
2010Richard Bayer, M.D.
2009 Don Duncan, Americans for Safe Access
2008Dennis Peron
2007 Martin Martinez, Lifevine
2006Jane Weirich [posthumously]
2005Angel Raich and Diane Monson
Jacki Rickert and Gary Storck, I.M.M.L.Y.
2004Irv Rosenfeld, Federal Medical Marijuana Patient
2003 Cheryl and Jim Miller
Mike and Valerie Corral, W.A.M.M.
2002State Rep. Chris Giunchigliani, (D-NV)
State Sen. Mark Leno, (D-CA)
2001Terence Hallinan, District Attorney, San Francisco

Pauline Sabine Award in Recognition of the Importance Of Women Leadership Positions in Organizations Dedicated to Ending Marijuana Prohibition

2016 Pamela Novy, Virginia NORML
2015 Ellen Komp, CA NORML
2014 no award given
2013 no award given
2012 Diane Fornbacher, NORML Women's Alliance
2011Anna Diaz, OR NORML
2010Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access
2009Tonya Davis, Ohio medical cannabis activist
2008Alison Chinn-Holcomb, Esq.
2007 Madeline Martinez, Oregon NORML
2006 Mikki Norris, Equal Rights For All
2005 Debbie Goldsberry, Berkeley Patients Group
2004Mary Lynn Mathre, R.N., Patients Out Of Time

NORML's Outstanding Cannabis Advocate Award for Advancing the Cause of Marijuana Law Reform

2016 Kevin Oliver, WA NORML
2015 Randy Quast, MN NORML and Portland NORML
2014 no award given
2013 no award given
2012 Erik Williams
2011Warren Edson, Esq.
2010 Leland Berger, Esq., NORML Legal Committee
2009Richard Lee, Oaksterdam

2008

Seattle Hempfest

2007

Diane and Bryan Brickner, Illinois NORML
John and Heather Masterson, Montana NORML

2006

Mason Tvert, SAFER

2005

Stephen Epstein, Esq.
2004

Chris Conrad, court qualified cannabis expert, and
Mikki Norris, Cannabis Consumers Campaign

2003Elvy Musikka, Federal Medical Marijuana Patient

Outstanding NORML Chapter Award in Recognition of the Important Role Of Volunteer Activists Organized as Local and Regional NORML Chapters in the Fight to Legalize Marijuana

2016

Florida NORML

2015 Maryland NORML
2014 no award given
2013 no award given
2012 Orange County NORML, CA

Lester Grinspoon Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Marijuana Law Reform in Grateful Recognition of Tireless Dedication to Reforming Unjust Marijuana Laws, the Selfless Devotion to Advancing the Cause of Personal Freedom and the Willingness, Regardless of the Professional Consequences

2016 Harry Levine and Loren Siegel
2015 no award given
2014 no award given
2013 no award given
2012 no award given
2011Gerald Goldstein, Esq.
2010Harry Levine, Ph.D and Craig Reinarman, Ph.D
2009Donald Abrams, MD, USF Medical School
2008Tony Serra, Esq.
2007Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D.
2006

Tod Mikuriya, M.D.

2005Dale Gieringer, Ph.D.
2004

Melanie Dreher, Ph.D., R.N., Dean, University of Iowa School of Nursing

2003Nadine Strossen, Esq., President, ACLU and Woody Harrelson
2002Marsha Rosenbaum, Ph.D, Drug Policy Alliance

2001

Ira Glasser, Director, ACLU
2000Lynn Zimmer, Ph.D and John Morgan, M.D.
1999Lester Grinspoon, MD

NORML's Student Activism Award for Motivating and Empowering Young People to End Marijuana Prohibition

2016 Chris Thompson, Purdue NORML and Freedom Leaf
2015 no award given
2014 no award given
2013 no award given
2012 no award given
2011 Evan Nison, NJ NORML
2010 Jesse Stout, UC Hastings College of the Law
2009 Derek Copp, Grand Valley State University, MI
2008 University of Central Florida Chapter
2007 John Cleveland Lucy, Chapel Hill NORML
2006 Lauren Vazquez, University of California, Santa Barbara NORML
2005 Chris Mulligan, Florida State University NORML
2004 Richard Bradford, Florida State University NORML
2003 Shawn Heller, Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Rufus King, Sr. Award For Outstanding Public Leadership in the Field of Marijuana Law Reform

2016 no award given
2015 DC Councilperson David Grosso
2014 no award given
2013 no award given
2012 no award given
2011 Congressman Jared Polis, (D-CO)
2010 U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer, (D-OR)
2009 Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, (D-CA)
2008 US Rep. Barbara Lee, (D-CA)
2007 Judge James Gray
2006 SF Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, (D-CA)
2005 no award given
2004 no award given
2003 no award given
2002 State Sen. John Vasconcellos, (D-CA)
2001 Gov. Gary Johnson, (R-NM)
2000 no award given
1999 Doug Mickelsen

NORML Board of Directors Special Appreciation Award

2016 no award given
2015 Rep. Steve Cohen, Memphis, TN
2015 Chris Goldstein, Philly NORML
2014 no award given
2013 no award given
2012 no award given
2011Ben Masel
2010 no award given
2009 no award given
2008 no award given
2007Hunter S. Thompson (posthumously)
2006Tommy Chong, Comedian/Actor
2006Jon Nicholson, Musician
2006Phil Harvey, DKT Liberty Project
2005 no award given
2004 R. Keith Stroup, Esq.
2003 no award given
2002 no award given
2001John Gilmore

NORML Cannabis and Culinary Award

2016 no award given
2015 no award given
2014 no award given
2013 no award given
2012 no award given
2011 no award given
2010 no award given
2009 no award given
2008Charlie Baggs and Newman (Chicago, IL)
2007Chris Lanter (Cache Cache, Aspen, CO)