NORML Is Coming To Talk Radio — Be Part of 'Marijuana Nation'

Earlier this year NORML requested your assistance to help us launch the first ever nationwide television ad campaign calling for the regulation of cannabis for adults. Because of your generous support, NORML was able to purchase over 7,500 ad buys in all 50 states on cable networks like CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Fuse, FX Networks, G4, MSNBC, CNN Headline News, and Spike TV. These ads were viewed by over 2.4 million households nationwide.
Today we are asking for your help so that we can once again make history.
For the past several weeks NORML has been negotiating with CBS radio to launch the nation’s first live talk radio show dedicated to all things cannabis: NORML SHOW LIVE: Marijuana Nation. That’s right, NORML is planning to take the talk radio world by storm – and we intend to smoke the competition!
NORML SHOW LIVE, will be hosted by Russ Belville – the voice of NORML’s daily podcast, the Audio Stash — and will air on ChatAboutIt.com, the next generation of talk radio. ChatAboutIt.com streaming online radio is powered by CBS radio and features original and cutting edge programming – available free over the internet or via download on your iPhone or Blackberry.
The cultural and political influence of talk radio is undeniable and is growing –- as is the popularity of streaming radio. Today, one in seven adults between the ages of 18 to 54 listens to online radio. This audience has more than doubled over the past four years and is expected to grow significantly in the future. NORML’s content and message naturally appeals to this demographic, which is frequently turning away from the mainstream media and turning to groups like NORML to obtain fact-based educational and political information about the world’s most popular plant.
However, before we launch this effort, we want to hear from you — the cannabis community. Please offer us your thoughts and suggestions regarding how we can make NORML SHOW LIVE: Marijuana Nation the premiere talk destination for activists and NORML supporters. I have no doubt that much of the success of this venture will be based on the active participation and support of our members and listeners.
Even more importantly, we need your donations to help defray the start-up costs associated with launching and publicizing NORML SHOW LIVE: Marijuana Nation. In the coming weeks we need to create an unprecedented “buzz” in the marijuana law reform community, and within the talk radio industry, about our new show. Specifically, we need to print and distribute flyers at upcoming events, such as the Seattle Hempfest, place online banners on marijuana-friendly websites, purchase advertising in talk-radio trade magazines, and pay for updated studio equipment and voice-over technology.
NORML SHOW LIVE intends to be the voice of the marijuana nation for the students, homemakers, retirees, soldiers, patients, professionals, and working people who demand equal treatment under the law and for an end to America’s longest and costliest war. For a one-time donation here of $100, $25, or even just $10, you can assure that your voice will heard by millions. Marijuana law reformers will no longer have to be dependent on the mainstream media; we can be a part of the mainstream media.
Finally, NORML SHOW LIVE is seeking advertisers! If you have a business or a product, and would like to utilize and cost-effective way to reach millions of listeners each week, please contact russ@norml.org or call toll-free 888-772-3422 to inquire about our discounted introductory ad rates.
NORML would like to thank you in advance for helping us make history — again.

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  1. I just want to say that this is a great idea, and I am very excited. Kudos NORML and keep up the good work! (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  2. Lots of NORML news today! Will there be a podcast of the show(s) made available too? I’d love to download and listen to them on my iPod or computer anytime, instead of a set time.
    Keep up the great work!

  3. Way to go NORML. I just made my donation to help the cause and I hope all of you will do the same. The more we present the truth to the voting public the better are chances are of getting this destructive law laid to rest.Thanks again to all of the good people at NORML. The truth rolls on!!!

  4. This is wonderful news! I would suggest really focusing on the harms that prohibition is causing, putting an emphasis on how much the economy is suffering for it as well. It is great to hear about the benefits legalizing cannabis could bring to this nation, but I think it would be the most beneficial to the cause (as well as more convincing for skeptics) to put the main focus upon how the way it is now is not working. I sort of consider myself to be a war generation youth living in this era so ‘ending the war on drugs’ would be a nice effort in starting to make this nation a more peaceful place again.

  5. GO FOR IT! Above all else, be rigerously honest. My wife gets paid soon and I’ll sent you a few bucks. I wish NORML fair winds and following seas for this promising effort.

  6. Great step forward in reform. Keep it up NORML and Russ Belville! Will be subscribed on the BB and Ipod 🙂
    -J.Duncan

  7. Indeed this is good news . Now NORML is ding this I say let us all help NORML with our thoughts and suggestions regarding how we can make NORML SHOW LIVE: Marijuana Nation the premiere talk destination for activists and NORML supporters. Also continue to support NORML any and all ways we can to help NORML do their best.
    If NORML uses our thoughts and suggestions that we are currently are doing now through what we have been posting then it may help NORML not only to be one of the biggest talk in history but at the same time will help boost the cause.
    So fellow patriots I say in short let us help NORML make history by giving NORML our thoughts and suggestions. Remember together we can and shall make a huge difference.

  8. I’m so glad to hear about this. We should focus also on the economic impact or benefits our beloved plant can give us considering out current economic conditions.

  9. I don’t really have any suggestions, you guys are already doing some awesome things with the Daily Audio Stash and if the radio show is anything like it then I’m sure it’ll be great. I would like to see some real debates though, get some prohibitionists on the program and have lengthy debates, whenever I see them on TV news or hear them on the radio they’re always 5-10 minutes at most. That’s not enough time to get all the relevant information out there, so 20-30 minute debates (even longer if need be) would be a welcome addition to the show. It’d also be nice to hear from doctors, medical marijuana patients, POWs in the War on Drugs, and you know your average every day people who have something to say about the subject. That way listeners can really connect to the issue and we aren’t always just preaching to the choir. We need to get more of your average Joe’s on board and get them to see why ending cannabis prohibition is one of the best things we can do for this country right now. That’s my .02

  10. thank-you guys for working so hard at what you do first off!
    Ofcourse I really feel you guys should try and continue with the mainstreaming of the movement! I listen to an awesome talk show hosted by a proskateboarder/man of many talents….moto,mma,band frontman,Xgames host~~ Jason Ellis, he is on Sirius/XM ch28 radio faction, I think it would be super beneficial for us and the movement if you guys tried to get an ad or interview with him. He is blowing up~appeals to a huge age range~ and is a big advocate for marijuana. Who knows if this is possible, but I bet it is considering he openly talks about it almost everyday!
    Keep up the good work~ Fight the good fight~ Thanx again =)

  11. I think it’s an awesome idea! Russ is a great interviewer and host. But I would recommend having a number of different types of shows and hosts. For example, I would love to do a show…I am brimming with cannabis-related knowledge–social, historical, medical, geographic, religious, environmental–and friends have told me in the past that I should have my own radio show. So, that’s what I think! Thanks for asking, NORML!

  12. I agree with #1 and give you guys kudos for this idea, but I have to admit, I’ve never heard of the website that the show will be streamed from (and I’m a DAILY talk-radio listener. I would love to see NORML have a show on the more popular right-sided radio outlets (those that play rush limbaugh, hannity and other bigoted fat-heads)
    but I have to be a realist and understand that this is about as impossible as a square plug going into a round hole (which almost is a not-far-from-the-truth metaphor).
    Remember, as the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” so any effort from any pro-marijuana group is definitely a notch in our belts.
    Props again, guys.

  13. A.G. Eric Holder is on the news today about “homegrown terrorists”. Corrupt cops, like the ones who tried framing a Miami girl today, are the real terrorists.
    I also see that Obama wants Gates and Crowley to have a round of beers at the White House to “ease tensions” of the ridiculous situation he involved himself with.
    Just like the new book “Marijuana Is Safer” says, alcohol makes people more agitated, and offensive and is not as safe or healthy as cannabis. If these three relaxed and enjoyed some cannabis, I think they might be better able to resolve things rather than bringing alcohol into the situation.
    What do you other NORML supporters think should be addressed and discussed on the radio show?

  14. Awesome guys!There is so much happening in this country right now. People are looking to fix what our leaders have screwed! I’m starting to have hope again.If I can aford to donate to this next month I will.

  15. Internet radio…
    Sorry to rain on your parade, but I’m a bit skeptical. It seems like 99% people that will listen are the people that go on this site regularly.

  16. this is awesome. i would like to see every sterotype about cannabis and the people that use cannabis busted wide open. i want america to wake up and see the waste of resources, loss of revenue, and erosion of our civil rights that is prohibiton of cannabis.

  17. I’ll send in my $10 for this even though I’m trying frantically to pay off credit card debt. So worth it.
    Get prohibitionists on to expose how ridiculous they are. Get intelligent highly educated active in their community people that smoke pot on to show how many otherwise mainstream people smoke pot. I know I was taught the perception that pot was so ghetto but that blew up until my new best friend in high school told me she smoked pot and then it was all over. Get medical people on to talk about the benefits, not just for medical cases but benefits for healthy people that smoke (geez, I’m 51 and have been smoking now for 70% of my life)
    get politicians on that support legalization. Get public officials that have marijuana legalized or “lowest priority” in their juristiction.

  18. WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMEICA, HEREBY REDRESS OUR GRIEVANCES. WE PROCLAIM OUR NATIONAL MOOD, AND THE WILL OF WE THE PEOPLE.
    We Americans operate on “instant instinct.” Our entire minds contain all of our thoughts, and all of out words. We Americans were raised on feelings. We have been raised on freedom…freedom of worship, thought, and speech…freedom from judicial injustice, and religious intolerance. We are offended by the infamy of intolerance, and authoritarian suppression of freedom in thought and word. The oppressive power of My Evil Brother, must be kept firmly in mind and sight, so to appear in his perspective. Our minds are the most powerful weapons we possess. We must use our wit to forge weapons of war. Knowledge gives us power over My Evil Brother. Wisdom exceeds folly…as light exceeds darkness.
    We have…this very day…all the necessary ingrediants …”brewing”…that caused the American Revolution…that which we fought and died for. The most recognizable of these ingrediants is the continued aggressive assassanation of our Constitutionally guaranteed rights. My Evil Brother, with malace of forethought, is violating our Constitution…with absolute disregard for the rest of our nations citizenry…and…when the laws of a nation oppress the rights of its citizenry…anarchy is created. My Evil Brother’s politics is…My Evil Brother’s politics only. As for me personally…”I am the cause of things that effect me.” This I know for sure…when I look to other’s words to speak for me
    …silence might very well be the strongest voice I can use. There’s a time to speak…and…a time to keep silent. Then too…I can’t walk around with a big ‘ole happy face…when the ground is crumbling under my feet. At any rate…”The choices I make…
    dictate the life I will lead…the rest is silence.” In that silence…I’m reminded that the idea of truth should not be held so close that it becomes grotesque.
    What I do hold close is the knowledge that when I give up on my hopes and dreams…my nothing grows stronger.
    Therefore, my demand as a free human being is to be left “alive” in my own beliefs, where everything is allowed to be…”just what it is.” I suppose I could let my true feelings die with the rest of me…but…
    until the last line is spoken…the curtain can’t come down.
    Men should never judge their own cause…just present their case. It’s what you’re showin,’ that makes a difference to who is lookin’. If what you’re showin’, is the beast you’ve become…trying to defeat the beast…you’ve lost.
    My Faith is “my belief system.” Not only do I believe in my Faith…I trust it! Therefore…I will not go quietly into the night…I will slug it out…every inch of the way. I will do what all Americans ultimately do…I will do that which is right in my own eyes and conscience. I will honor my cause, and I will be the “Rebel with a Cause”…true to my nature…to the hilt…to the very end…amen

  19. I think a radio show is an excellent step in generating the public presence necessary for cannabis to become politically acceptable as a discussable subject. Maybe this isn’t mainstream, but i see the possibility for an engine of commerce from which we can finance greater steps into the public eye.
    My suggestion, is that we utilize an indirect method in our programming to attract more viewers and more importantly, advertisers. There should definitely be debates and discussions to immediately advance our political position, but also sensationalist and demographic-pandering shows to generate an economic interest in ‘Marijuana Nation’.
    There were definitely quite a few submissions for the NORML commercial we aired, so how bout we tap that same resource and ask the public to create some theme music, slogans, and help pick their favorite hosts and guests.
    First and foremost let’s treat this like a business, because in the end unfortunately that will be our most powerful political tool. This is an untouched market, so if the channel is a success I’m sure very quickly we would see opportunities for greater media coverage and other political outlets to push forward through.

  20. HELL YES! You know for the past few weeks i was really losing hope in our cause, but the fact that CBS was willing to give a group that advocates the responsible use of an “illegal substance” has shot my spirits up. This is a sign that the news media (our biggest necessary evil and ally)and maybe some key politicians(guys who have political ties to major media moguls)are ready to blow the lid open on these 80 years of failed protocols and senseless violence.

  21. “I have no doubt that much of the success of this venture will be based on the active participation and support of our members and listeners.”
    Indeed, the support needs to come from the bottom up. A strong foundation will build itself. Put your thinking caps on America, the ball is in your court.

  22. I’d like to see an online tv show, whether by NORML or somebody else. The episodes could be shared on YouTube to be spread around by networking sites.
    It could also be downloaded and distributed to local public access tv stations around the country. It looks like CannabisPlanet.tv will soon be starting a show, so that’s a start.

  23. I like the idea. If anything I would recommend, a good diverse range of subjects and guests on the show.
    Think of subjects like, legal, activist, current events, growing stories and tips, cooking recipes and tips, and plenty of audience call ins.
    I’d also (personally) like the show to stay away from the “getting high” crowd, no references to this or that weed smoking rap group, or anything that would stereotype weed smokers. For instance, if Tommy Chong would be a guest, lets talk about his fight against the DEA, and less about how funny the Cheech and Chong movies are.
    I can’t wait to listen.

  24. It would be nice to have a another Paul Harvey, and this time he is cannabis friendly and spreading the word to help stop prohibition.

  25. This is another great idea to move us farther along the continuum from complete prohibition to legalization. I suspect I won’t get to hear it on any of my local radio stations, however. I live in a very prohibitionist, rural, republican area, and just to give you an idea I am stuck with a local rag of a newspaper that has an editorial staff that jumped on the birther bandwagon. Sadly, it’s place where an close examination of the facts is irrelevant, and the notion of libertine individual freedoms is replaced by right-wing fundamentalism.

  26. This is another great idea to move us farther along the continuum from complete prohibition to legalization. I suspect I won’t get to hear it on any of my local radio stations, however. I live in a very prohibitionist, rural, republican area, and just to give you an idea I am stuck with a local rag of a newspaper that has an editorial staff that jumped on the birther bandwagon. Sadly, it’s place where an close examination of the facts is irrelevant, and the notion of libertine individual freedoms is replaced by right-wing fundamentalism.

  27. to #23 ed,
    i here your screamin ed but, it is still a step in the right direction….would’nt it be great if this information could get into the homes of those who would’nt normally listen to it or see it on public tv even though they have and opinion about marijuana and that opinion is based on information given from tha pastyears of shit like refer madness.and the b.s.government testing?so many people are shelled up about marijuana and its benefits.their must be a way to allow people to learn to seperate marijuana from the real problem drugs in america…..

  28. I think the radio shows are a real step in the direction of legalizing marijuana. I am going to make a donation this month (August). I am retired living on Social Security; which is not much. I am a Vietnam vet who has smoked marijuana since 1965. That is going on 44 years. I read the article about the guy who went into Borders Book Store and not being able to find one thing on the subject of marijuana. I also saw that Michael Phelps being dropped by the commercial for Kellogg’s cereal. The good thing was that Subway picked him up for their commercial. I would like to see a list of companies that are against or who don’t support legalization of marijuana. I would support this list as companies to be boycotted by marijuana smokers and supporters. It does little good to support something when the same person goes to a place like Borders and buys a book that costs $30.00. These companies have to realize that we DO NOT want to do business with them Thanks…

  29. has anyone considered “WATER” in the argument for ending the prohibition on cannabis & hemp?
    it takes roughly 200 to 700 liters of water to make one litre of WINE. http://wineindustryinsight.com/?p=1415 lets say a conservative wineo drinks a bottle every other day rounding down to 3 bottles a week. in six months that person has consumed 78 bottles of wine, which (78*450=) roughly 35,000 liters of water to support their choice of vice over six months, or 192 liters PER DAY.
    on my last 3 month indoor grow cycle, i used less then 700 liters of water to grow 6 cannabis plants (3 sativas & 3 indicas). these 6 plants have lasted me just about 6 months, and i consume more then the average cannabis user, which comes out to less then 4 liters a day.
    we are in a time of water shortage, which “vice” or “choice” is better for the planet???
    END THE PROHIBITION ON CANNABIS & HEMP and help SAVE our WATER SUPPLY

  30. Cool can’t wait! Also I would like to tell norml that I’m currently working on my business and one’s m company grows and beomes legit I will give u guys a call to ask u guys to put my company name on ur website. I hope verything goes as I planned. Later my people. (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  31. Cool can’t wait! Also I would like to tell norml that I’m currently working on my business and one’s m company grows and beomes legit I will give u guys a call to ask u guys to put my company name on ur website. I hope verything goes as I planned. Later my people. (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  32. Dear NORML,
    I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the efforts y’all go through to educate the public on marijuana’s immeasurable economic, social, and medical advantages, and for representing the large group of Americans who use it. I’ve just spent the afternoon perusing through endless articles, some pro-marijuana some anti-marijuana, and it is staggering the irrelevancy of the opposing arguments that keep these unrepresented laws in place. Here is a question that I would love y’all to answer…I wonder if there is a way you (or I) can file suit on the government for imposing such unjust and distorted laws, and even on top of that, what would it take to get this law reformed? If you look at thier argument against ours, we definitely have an educated advantage. Unfortunately I do not have any money to donate, all I can do is send you some good vibes. I can’t wait to hear y’all on the radio, congratulations on that great accomplishment. Oooh one more question, What can I do in Texas to help NORML?
    All of my love,
    Alexandra
    [Editor’s note: There are a number of NORML chapters in TX…get involved at the local level…change the laws where you live]

  33. WOW AWESOME NEWS NORML ! # 24 hit it right on the head ! NOW THATS HEALTH CARE REFORM YOU CAN BELIEVE IN !

  34. I hate to rain on the parade, but most people who listen to radio do it in their automobiles. Get CBS to put this program on national airwaves where it will be heard rather than “throw us a bone” to keep us under control.
    Wake up people!!! Do not be satisfied with ANYTHING less than FULL OUT LEGALIZATION.

  35. …and the only people tuning in to internet radio will be us. So NORML will accomplish nothing except preaching to the choir.

  36. #44 Mark, Glenolden, PA Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 7:06 pm
    I hate to rain on the parade,
    but most people who listen to radio do it in their automobiles.
    Get CBS to put this program on national airwaves where it will be heard …
    RE: Mark,
    How true!!!
    – May the spirit of late CBS news-anchor Walter Cronkite live on
    through their present staff and their talk-radio broadcasters!!!
    (Walter Cronkite is against the War On some Drugs,
    as well as the Vietnam War)

    #44 Mark, Glenolden, PA Says:
    “Wake up people!!!
    Do not be satisfied with ANYTHING less than
    FULL OUT LEGALIZATION.”
    RE: Mark,
    – Believe me, I’m not satisfied with
    ANYTHING less than FULL OUT LEGALIZATION!!!
    Decrim is a “Half-Ashed” compromise!!!
    (Half-measures avail us NOTHING!!!)
    Re-LEGALIZE CANNABIS!!!

    Cannabinoids PROMOTE NEUROGENESIS, and vice-versa!!!
    BBCode is the GATEWAY to HTML, Javascript and Klingon…
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    without use of web-dev “helper-applications”).

  37. RE: #37 Dave,
    – A list of companies,
    as you mentioned in the above,
    is an excellent-idea!
    Let it be SO!!!

    Cannabinoids PROMOTE NEUROGENESIS, and vice-versa!!!
    BBCode is the GATEWAY to HTML, Javascript and Klingon…
    (NOTE: This comment-post was HAND-CODED,
    without use of web-dev “helper-applications”).

  38. WILL THIS QUOTE POST NOW?!?
    (EVEN Show as Awaiting Moderation)
    #37 Dave Cain Said
    July 30th, 2009 at 1:12 pm
    I read the article about the guy who went into Borders Book Store
    and not being able to find one thing on the subject of marijuana.
    I also saw that Michael Phelps being dropped by the commercial for Kellogg’s cereal.
    The good thing was that Subway picked him up for their commercial.
    I would like to see a list of companies that are against or
    who don’t support legalization of marijuana.
    I would support this list as companies to be boycotted
    by marijuana smokers and supporters.

  39. I like to see a television commercial were a quiet happy family with children all sitting around watching television and suddendly the door busted open and guns being drawn on the whole family. The DEA got the wrong house and the family dog is shot to pieces.
    Or how about children being taken away to a dirty old shelter by the cops because mom and dad got busted for possesion of marijuana.
    Or that a person was sentenced for two weeks in county jail for a simple possesion and ended up dead with no explanation.
    Do these things really happen and how often?

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