$10,000 In Prizes Awarded In NORML's Pro-Marijuana Ad Contest

Over 6,000 online voters cast their single ballots for top three NORML ad contest submissions.

Checkout the winners of NORML’s $10,000 cash prize contest for best pro-cannabis law reform ads here.
‘Got to get over the hump!’
NORML’s survey and polling work indicate that a strong majority of Americans support both decriminalization and patient access to medicinal cannabis, but, frustratingly as exampled in the latest Zogby polling, only a strong plurality (44%) of Americans currently support actually taxing and controlling cannabis like alcohol and tobacco products.
The change in presidential administrations, cannabis’ popularity in the country, the outing of Michael Phelps, the record number of reform bills introduced in the states and the crushing economic crisis facing the country have collectively cast a great deal of focus on the question of ending cannabis prohibition portend that now is the best time in 30 years to widely broadcast NORML’s longstanding message of cannabis law reform for responsible adult use.
What will it take to finally move public opinion sufficiently from tacit support for legalization to majority support?
For decades some law reform advocates and communication experts have argued that advertising could be the likely missing component.
Let’s find out!
We can all afford to kick down $10 to purchase 125 TV ads, or $50 for 625 ads!
Please make a tax-deductible donation to the NORML Foundation today in support of this important project.
Let’s start a nationwide ‘cannabis conversation’, please donate in support of placing NORML’s ads on TV and the Internet, let’s get over the hump and achieve real cannabis law reforms as soon as possible.

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  1. Can you please keep us updated on how much NORML has received in donations? Maybe a ticker with the amount on the top of the homepage so we know how much farther we have to go.
    I’ve sent a message to everyone I know and have donated $25.
    Thanks!

  2. I donated but I am not clear if these adds will be shown Nation wide or just in certain areas!? I live in Florida and being the state with the most strict Marijuana laws, We need these adds on our local broadcasting BADLY!

  3. Power to incarcerate determined by a popularity contest?!
    The Bill of Rights is supposed to protect us from this bad form of government: tyrant Majority rule.
    Don’t just fix a symptom…
    Fix the problem.
    Marijuana is medicine for sick justice.

  4. For people to donate, we need visual motivation. I propose something like this:
    http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/772/normlad.png
    A meter that shows how much is donated and how much is left until we have enough to launch the Ads. Not only will this help people see how much more donations is needed, but will also let us know that our donations go straight towards advertisement.

  5. Just donated. I really hope that this can work out. I feel like we are on the brink of something big. In my side of the corner, I openly speak about cannabis and try to bring people together to openly discuss the plant and America mostly just suffers from a case of ignorance. It’d be nice if somehow NORML could come up with an ad that dispelled the popular myths about marijuana and exposed the contradictions that the government supports.
    Yes We Can.
    I encourage everyone to help out. This is the time we need it the most! We are the American people and we can change what we see is wrong. It’s time for our voices to be heard. We have nothing to be ashamed of and we have kept our heads down long enough.

  6. Hello I know we are all broke right now, and so am I but the ads are great and I can’t wait to see them on tv so I dug down deep and scraped up $50 . Come on everybody dig up fifty bucks so we can see our message on tv. Thanks Stay Free

  7. Im so tired, I tired of fighting and screaming. I want to see Marijuana be legalized, responsible people who smoke pot are doing nothing wrong its sad that people who have never been effected by a substance fight so hard to keep it illegal. I beleive those same people who fight to keep pot illegal have had some sort of trouble with alcohol but they fight to keep that legal. When will we stop being suppressed Barack Obama is a liar a hypocrite and a bum. You people voted him in calling him the mesiah your only going to find out that hes the complete opposite of what he said. How can we get the plant legalized and when? Im sorry but this is one of those subjects that pisses me off so much I want to smoke herb but cant find any cause its illegal i just moved to a new state and for four months now i havent had any im at whits end someone help im going crazy.

  8. A good idea, but how would such advertisements be crafted? Even with so many more people today learning the truth about cannabis, many who know are still uncomfortable with the idea of decriminalization or legalization. I think the main focus should be on the countless good that legalization/taxation would do for the economy in the midst of today’s financial crisis. I think even the people who know that cannabis is not dangerous to one’s health often miss those other points and fail to consider that cannabis can be used for other things besides getting stoned. My co-worker for example, who voiced her opinions on the harmlessness of cannabis and even admitted to having smoked in prior years, quickly backpedaled when I told her about the progress we’ve made as a country toward regulation/decriminalization. When I told her I was for it, she immediately said “I don’t want that to happen.” Confused, I asked why not? Her reply: “well, I don’t want my son coming home high.” What? I know, she’s just uninformed of the possibilities, and also of all the bad things that happen to people with prohibition in place. After all, news articles that report people being busted for marijuana possession more often than not demonize the people involved instead of pointing out the ways in which the lives of those people will be ruined, the high costs of even a single case against an individual for possession, and relative harmlessness of the drug itself, and lastly the overall worth/cost of the drug. Is it really worth it for Oregon, for example, to spend countless tax dollars to investigate, arrest, prosecute, sentence and then pay to imprison someone ($77.78/day per prisoner) over a few hundred dollars worth of dried plant leaves? We the taxpayers shell out that money. I wish more people would see the whole picture instead of just the tidbits of demonizing information contained in Police Logs and all too brief side articles. While I’m posting… FREE THE CARLS!!! (Salem, OR)

  9. I believe that the American conscience won’t allow full access to cannabis until it is disassociated with Heroin, cocaine, meth, etc. Currently, it is lumped into the classification of “drugs” which includes the above whereas Nicotine and alcohol are independently classified as tobacco and booze. Very few people really want heroin sold along side cannabis, particularly cannabis users. We don’t associate a doobey with a syringe. It’s two different galaxies.
    I think another paramount issue perhaps intertwined with the above is the risk factor of allowing another drug to be legally available, particularly to the youth. We were lied to about tobacco and people died. We all know someone who has been affected by a drunk driver and perhaps know of someone that has died of alcohol related illness. Is cannabis really safe?? That’s what we need to demonstrate but we can’t because the gov’t won’t let us test. Once it is really proven to be safe and that it won’t make you snort heroin, and that Mexican and African American people won’t rape and dismember W.A.S.P’s the conscience with change. One has to remember that the baby boomers, older baby boomers have believed the lie for 35 years. Younger baby boomers know it’s a lie but still wonder about letting it go into a free society. I think rather than legalizing and taxing we’d rather legalize and grow our own. We’ll see. I think we’re there. Which make s me a little uneasy. I want it to be done right. I really would like to know if vaporization removes tars, etc., I want to know that it doesn’t cause some unanticipated disease. So once we have it let’s not stop the study. Let’s do more.

  10. I was not able to donate much but I did donate $25.00. I firmly believe that some Marketing/Advertising will do amazing things for Cannabis Reform!

  11. Congrats! Everyone’s a winner!
    I really dig the top 20 videos. Here’s hoping that at least the top 3 get a lot of attention and airtime.
    Time to make another donation to NORML!

  12. Good work, but the ads seem to be addressed to the President. CONGRESS WRITES THE LAW NOT THE PRESIDENT. There’s no need to persuade President Obama on the same old self evident talking points. He already knows all these things and HAS on occasion been couragous enough to acknowledge it. What we need to do (in my opinion) is take that political prowess we.ve only recently demonstrated in the med pot and decrim states and mobilize our voters to DEFEAT THE DRUG WARRIORS in congress. NORML needs to publish a HALL OF SHAME list of the worst members of Congress and encourage everyone who cares to vote them out of office.
    With everything President Obama has on his plate right now he would be insane (and he’s not) to address our issue at this point. Shane can’t save us if we don’t watch his back for him. When someone running for House or Senate or dogcatcher asks for your vote, ask yourself would this person throw me in jail for a joint. NO WE CAN’T agree to disagree while working together on other issues.

  13. I think President Obama will listen to the people. If the people demand changing marijuana laws; and science supports this, with industrial hemp and cannabis medicine the truth shall set you free and make you loads of money. It is up to the pot people to twist and shout to show what is fair and what is right. I think Obama will get behind an issue that is profitable and free from racial or discriminatory statute. I think Obama can really change things, but he suffers from a large messed up plate! I mess he inherited that MUST be fixed. Lies are expensive and what is causing the downturn. The truth sells!
    When I look at drug laws, I surprised how they can maintain in a civil society free from segregation and slavery. Drug users are the nigger of the 21st century. The laws will change as people accept what is science, and what is just superstition taboos. The people must question if they are harming their brother by locking them up for real LAW, but ignoring a petty reality?
    I think and feel Obama is an open minded, truthful and can really create REAL change with the drug war. And be a hero, like a great president who ‘really’ helped America!
    I think if the people speak up enough with projects like this, the word will get out for pot smokers to stop being lazy and stop recycling their brothers. It is only human being, free from limitations and beLIEf, to stop sending people to prison for consuming a historical, and useful plant!

  14. Sorry to get off the subject of raising money for the campaign but I still do not quite understand the concept of how any Christian as myself could be imprisoned for the use of this herb. Being as Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat and how the Bill of rights 1st admendment states Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Any information on how this is still illegal to the christian community would be greatly appreciated because they way i see it is my religous right and constitutional right to use this herb in the free exercise of my religion.

  15. I still do not quite understand the concept of how any Christian as myself could be imprisoned for the use of this herb,Being as Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat and how the Bill of rights 1st admendment states Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Any information on how this is still illegal to the christian community or any information on this being tried as a legal deffense would be greatly appreciated because they way i see it is my religous right and constitutional right to use this herb in the free exercise of my religion. Do i not understand my rights correctly? Is this grounds to sue the federal goverment for creation of prohibition to Billions of Christians free religous exercise?

  16. i agree with vote like a beast. the vote will matter, political involvement and holding our elected officials responsible for the quagmire our nation suffers currently. stop voting for career politicians who pander to the special interests of lobbyists. ask them how they represent the majority of “we the people”, when a 65% to 82% voter approval rating for medical marijuana is dismissed with the individual’s agenda that’s bought and paid for by big tobacco, pharmacy,and alcohol. now is the time to stay the course with a fixed and steady purpose, do as much as you can, if it’s just a letter, or 5.00$, or educating a neighbor. it’s a liberty that was taken by propaganda and distortions. we have the truth,and it is self evident, but a lot of people just don’t know the documented facts.

  17. I think it’s high time that we “smokers” have a sit-in pow wow with our legislators…I mean the ones in DC…and I think that 4-20-09 would be a perfect day to do so…it’s time to come out of the closet…
    Puff…Puff…

  18. These potential commercial candidates although all imperfect in some minor manner still represent a starting point in which to bring the prohibition debate to the “front lines” or headlines. I’ve put in my 25 bucks worth and would gladly continue and even increase amounts depending on continually evolving outcome. Norml and it’s “top brass” should plow forward in its effort to be the “Command Post” in internet fundraising and organization for a major media “blitz” that might well have far reaching impact. We can change public perception and this can be a oppourtunity to launch such an offensive. J. Velasco Brownsville Texas

  19. THE ISSUE AT HAND IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN POT SMOKING. THIS IS ABOUT LIVING FREE, A RIGHT AND OBLIGATION FROM OUR CREATOR. IF ANYTHING OTHER THAN SIMPLY STAYING OUT OF OUR WAY, THE GOVERNMENT’S ROLE SHOULD BE TO INCREASE AND IMPROVE THE QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF AVAILABLE LIBERTIES FOR OUR CONSIDERATION, NOT REDUCE AND DEGRADE THEM. FROM A PRACTICAL PERSPECTIVE, CURRENT DRUG LAWS ARE NOT JUST UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND IMMORAL OPPOSING GOD’S WILL FOR US TO FREELY CHOOSE. THESE LAWS DIRECTLY FUND TERRORISM, PROMOTE GANG VIOLENCE, JEAPORDIZE THE DOMESTIC STABILITY OF SEVERAL NATIONS, WITHHOLD AND WASTE BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TAX REVENUE, DEGRADE RESPECT FOR AND EFFECTIVENESS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, ADVERSELY AFFECT CITIZEN’S LIVES VIOLATING THEIR CIVIL AND INDIVIDUAL CONSTITUTIONALLY GUARANTEED RIGHTS, ETC. THE WAY THINGS ARE NOW IS OBVIOUSLY INSANE. HERE IS A PARTIAL SOLUTION. THE MOST SERIOUS PROBLEM GOVERNMENT SALES OF AN ANNUAL PERSONAL USE CANNABIS GROW PERMIT WOULD LIKELY CAUSE IS THE INABILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO GET ENOUGH WHEEL BARRELS TO TRANSPORT THE CASH FROM PERMIT SALE SITES TO PUBLIC REVENUE ACCOUNT HOLDING BANKS. I CAME UP WITH THIS IN A FEW SECONDS, EXAGGERATING TO MAKE A POINT, BUT BELIEVE PEOPLE MUCH SMARTER COULD COME UP WITH SOME REALLY GOOD IDEAS TO TRY. WHEN ENOUGH AMERICAN PATRIOTS UNDERSTAND WHAT IS AT STAKE HERE AND WHAT IT MEANS TO THEM, THE CRUCIAL TIPPING POINT WILL BE PASSED AND WE’LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROCEED IN MORE LOVING, REALISTIC AND PRODUCTIVE WAYS. IF THIS WERE JUST ABOUT SOME PEOPLE USING A COMMON SHRUB, I WOULDN’T WASTE MY TIME. THIS IS ABOUT BEING COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO AT LEAST TRY AND MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR EVERYONE, LIVING FREE, EXERCISING LIBERTY, AND BEING FULLY RESPONSIBLE AND ACCOUNTABLE FOR THOSE RIGHTLY PERSONAL AND PRIVATE CHOICES, AS MY GOD INTENDS. THANKS.

  20. I am donating. I hope everyone does the same. I would like more information on where these ads will air. I can’t turn down this opportunity to donate for something that can change the world over time.

  21. “Can you please keep us updated on how much NORML has received in donations? Maybe a ticker with the amount on the top of the homepage so we know how much farther we have to go.”
    I second that.

  22. The $50 tax would be apllied to growers per ounce. This doesn’t mean you will pay $250.00 for a $200.00 ounce of weed.

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