The NORML Legal Committee (NLC) is composed of attorneys committed to the overall goals of NORML. NLC attorneys meet each year in Key West and Aspen to discuss emerging legal issues related to defense of marijuana consumers, and to support each other in the pursuit of justice. The NLC assists NORML by informing NORML of current trends in law enforcement and important judicial decisions, providing NORML with copies of relevant briefs and other legal documents, and by making themselves available to provide expert legal assistance in important cases. These top-notch criminal defense lawyers regularly defend individuals charged with marijuana offenses, and they frequently provide pro bono assistance in important or unusual cases which may set favorable legal precedent or otherwise impact public policy. A few of the many victories NORML lawyers have won include:
NORML maintains a computer list-serve for the NLC where members can locate a needed brief or motion, find an expert witness, brainstorm the theory of a case, or seek other legal help. The NORML Foundation maintains a legal director who can provide help to NLC members who call for assistance.
Currently, more than 350 practicing defense attorneys belong to the NLC. By defending marijuana smokers and challenging inappropriate law enforcement activities, the NLC has been a major force in the fight against marijuana prohibition.
A Personal Message from Norm Kent, Esq. and Steve Dillon, Esq., NORML board members
As NORML board members and longtime active members of the NORML Legal Committee (NLC), we urge you to join the NLC today.
We need your support and assistance as we move closer to our goal of ending marijuana prohibition.
Following a long and discouraging period during which elected officials tried to prove their fitness for office by proposing even harsher penalties for marijuana and other drug offenses, the tide has changed.
There are unmistakable signs today that the long nightmare of marijuana prohibition is coming to an end. Voters in 21 states have supported medical, decriminalization and legalization efforts.
In cities and counties, from state to state, in the privacy of a voting booth, the truth of a failed public policy is being exposed.
Public attitudes increasingly support outright legalization with more than half of the public nationwide now opposing the idea of sending a marijuana smoker to jail, and three out of four supporting the medical use of marijuana.
We have won the hearts and minds of the American public, and we are beginning to translate that public support into public policy.
Why Should I Be Involved in NORML and Marijuana Law Reform?
The battle is not over.
Until we have successfully legalized the responsible use of marijuana by adults, we must continue our efforts to provide support and assistance to the victims of the current laws,.
As lawyers, it falls upon us to use the courts to move public policy in our direction. We must re-dedicate ourselves to providing the best possible legal defense for those who are arrested, until we can finally end prohibition and regain individual sovereignty and free choice for all Americans.
The two of us would like to challenge each of you to please take at least one pro bono marijuana case each year.
Many of these defendants have no resources, and lack the resources to hire competent counsel. That is where you come in.
What Are The Benefits Of Joining The NLC?
Attorneys who join the NORML Legal Committee (NLC) not only receive a discount at NORML's CLE seminars, but qualify to advertise in High Times magazine, along with receiving our weekly online news releases and state and federal legislative alerts.
Additionally, NLC members are listed on NORML's popular webpage, where the victims of marijuana prohibition, their friends and family can turn to find competent and compassionate attorneys, especially those who specialize in criminal and drug defense work.
Last year, over 750,000 citizens were arrested on marijuana-related charges. NORML and its NLC is committed to aiding citizens ill-affected by our country's misguided marijuana policy.
Discount Registration Fees at NORML Legal Seminars
The NORML Legal Committee sponsors two legal seminars each year: one in Aspen, CO in early June; and the other in Key West, FL in early December.
Both NORML legal conferences are qualified for CLE credit by all states that require attorneys to earn continuing legal education credits, and they provide you with cutting edge defenses from some of the most respected criminal defense attorneys in the nation, from John Wesley Hall, who publishes fourthamendment.com, to Gerry Goldstein, a nationally respected lecturer who often opens his Aspen home to NLC guests.
Because your health matters in a very stressful occupation, these settings also offer a wonderful retreat and respite to renew your energy and spirit, majestic settings where you can learn from and lean upon colleagues who share your view on marijuana policy reform.
Once you join the NLC, you automatically qualify for a $100 reduction in the seminar registration fees, and before you know it, you will be signing up a friend or colleague to share the educational and spiritually rewarding experience.
Together we can make a difference!
Norm Kent, Esq Chair, NORML Board Member
Stephen W. Dillon, Esq., Vice Chair, NORML Board of Directors
If you have questions about NLC membership, please contact NORML by phone at 202-483-5500.